Global Poverty Weekly Update May 30, 2016

May 30, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of May 30, 2016

Quote of the Week

"The world is still losing 11 children under five years old every minute. Much of the problem is due to improper nutrition of the pregnant mother, or lack of proper care at birth, preventable disease or poor nutrition of the young child. We not only want these children to live, we want them to thrive."

Vern Schulz, RESULTS Inland Empire advocate, discussing S. 1911, the Reach Act, in the Banning (CA) Record Gazette


Newest Preparation Support for the 2016 RESULTS International Conference

Tavis Smiley—author, commentator, and invited guest for this year's International Conference—has said, “The choices we make about the lives we live determine the kinds of legacies we leave.” At RESULTS, we learn how to make – and how to influence others to make – powerful choices for the end of poverty. Come to DC and learn with us! 

The International Conference is an opportunity to learn and connect, but also to move the needle on our issues and deepen relationships. Come to the 2016 International Conference and help us push the Reach Act toward passage. Voice support for robust replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the September 16 replenishment meeting in Canada. The House will be on recess, which means a particular opportunity to make Senate meetings happen—even face-to-face meetings! Meet the powerful schedulers in the offices of your representatives and senators in person. Then land that in-district or in-state meeting back home, too. Learn, and make a difference!

1. Would You Like Some Prep Tips? Take a look at our handy International Conference Checklist to make the most of this month leading up to the conference. You can also check out the conference FAQs for some great information. 

2. Financial Assistance Available. Learning, connecting, making change, having fun, making memories. That's what's in store for all of us in DC during International Conference! If you want to come to the International Conference but are finding it difficult to gather all of the resources necessary to attend, let us know what your need is via our online form. We’ll do our best to support you.

3. Information on Setting Up Lobby Day Meetings. 

  • Group leaders have begun receiving more information encouraging the set-up of your group's Lobby Day (Tuesday, June 28) meetings, including setting the meetings with DC offices, booking a time to chat and prep with our policy staff, and details on the evening reception.
  • You can then let us know about the lobby meetings you've scheduled in DC by clicking through to our handy form.
  • Policy briefings you can read up on prior to the conference are also located on our website. 
  • New to this process and have questions? Don't hesitate to contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate. We're working to make sure all participating in Lobby Day are well connected to fellow attendees and all the resources needed for everyone to feel excited and set for success. 

4. Pre-IC and Post-IC Intensives. We are offering two extra opportunities to gain skills and have an impact at the 2016 IC. Below are the details on each of the workshop. Please join us! Both workshops will take place at the Washington Court Hotel, the same location as the RESULTS International Conference. If you are interested, check out this online application form and details.

Pre-IC WorkshopGlobal Health Network Building. Friday June 24, 3-6 pm ET, then dinner.

Post-IC Workshop: We’re All in This Together: Global Fund Op-ed Writing Workshop. Wednesday June 29, 8:30 am-1:30 pm ET, including lunch.

5. REAL Change! REAL Change Fellowship applications are due tonight, May 31. 

6. Want to Find a Roommate for the Conference? Subscribe to the IC Help-Share Group by sending an email to [email protected]. Then send a message requesting a roommate or offering room space. If you have questions on how the group works, contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate. 

7. International Conference Discount Code for United Airlines. Conference attendees now have access to a code for a discounted fare on their United flight to/from the International Conference. Here's what to do:

Option 1

  • Go to the United home page (, in the middle of the page there are the flight search boxes, and just left of the “Search” button there is the “Advanced Search”- CLICK “Advanced Search”.
  • Fill out all the appropriate fields, as if you were booking your flight.  Fill out the last box- “Promotions and certificates”.
  • In the “Promotions and certificates” field enter: ZWK4473457.
  • CLICK “Search”- flights showing will reflect the discount.

Option 2

  • Go to the United home page ( scroll down to the lower 1/3 of the screen, then CLICK “Products & Services”
  • Three columns of options will display.  The last option in the middle is “Travel for groups & meetings”- CLICK this one.
  • SCROLL down, and CLICK “United Meetings”.
  • CLICK “Book meeting reservations”
  • In the Offer Code box enter: ZWK4473457, CLICK arrow to the right.
  • Proceed to book your flight, flights showing will reflect the discount.

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Our National Grassroots Webinar Guest for June!

Join us June 11, 2 pm ET. You won't want to miss the June national webinar/conference call for grassroots – global campaigns. Our invited guest is Dr. Rajiv Shah, former Administrator of USAID. Make plans with your group to gather, listen, learn, and participate. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

The Reach Act: So Close to our End-of-June Goal! 

We're taking it up a notch. Now is the time for representatives and senators to encourage the leadership of the House Foreign Affairs and Senator Foreign Relations Committees to work on the Reach Act (H.R. 3706/S. 1911). Media is making the case, and you've almost placed media 43 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Can we fill in those final seven states? Take a look at the map – perhaps you live in one of the states where we need to land media. 

Media is being published. Cosponsors are increasing the drumbeat of support. It's time for congressional leadership to act and take up the bill, particularly in the House! 

Our Reach Act Quarter 2 (April-June) goals: 150 cosponsors and 15 new Republicans on the House version of the bill. So far we have 148 cosponsors (58 of them Republicans, including the lead) . . . and 11 new Republicans. (And we have one-fifth of the Senate on S. 1911, with an event number of Republican and Democrat names on the list.) Fantastic. Keep going . . . we have four weeks, and we can make it to our House goal! 

The House and Senate are in recess this week, so many legislators will be in their home states and districts and may be available for meetings. Can you call on congressional leadership to show the courage moms and kids need us to show?

‚ÄčCheck out these resources on our maternal/child health issue page as well as on our media toolkit page

Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge

Recently RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter sent an email inviting all of you to join our Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge. We hope you have all signed up for this exciting campaign! The money we raise will benefit the advocacy work we are already doing. This campaign is a fun and easy way for us to all be fundraisers and celebrate the global collaboration of the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro. This is the first time we are coordinating with RESULTS affiliates in the UK and Canada on a collective fundraising effort. You can get started by setting up your personal friends and family page here: you need help setting up a page, contact Grassroots Fundraising Associate Jen DeFranco

What's more, through the incredible generosity of one of our board members and his family, between now and June 26, if we collectively raise $35,000 through the Road to Rio Fundraising Challenge, an additional $15,000 contribution will be donated.

Board Election & Bob Dickerson Award

1. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund is looking to fill one grassroots board position to serve a term of three (3) years beginning in July of 2016. (There are four grassroots board seats in total.) Grassroots board members represent the volunteer body on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Board. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to work with the Executive Director in shaping the direction of RESULTS, advising on major policies for the organization, and providing fiduciary oversight. The Executive Committee of the Board is the primary governing body of the organization. Members meet frequently by conference call and are in communication via e-mail and telephone calls. Members must be able to participate at this level and are expected to chair or serve on a Board Committee(s) as well as participate in fundraising for the organization. Grassroots board members play a particular role in representing grassroots perspectives on the board.

Our grassroots board candidates include Tadeo Melean Weiner (Kansas City U.S. poverty group), Maxine Thomas (Indianapolis U.S. poverty group) and Charles Wallace (Austin global poverty group).

You may vote for one candidate. Remember voting ends Tuesday, July 5 at midnight ET. Click here to view candidate bios and statements. After you've reviewed the materials, click here to vote.  

2. Bob Dickerson of Seattle was a grassroots advocate with RESULTS for more than 15 years. He was tireless in his advocacy and generous in his financial support. Bob epitomized this the best of what it means to be a grassroots volunteer. You can send your nominations to [email protected] (deadline June 11). In your nomination, tell us who you want to nominate. Include how the volunteer has achieved the mission of RESULTS, why they are a powerful citizen advocate, and how they inspire you.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Through June 3. House and Senate are in recess.

June 8, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

June 11, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Global Campaigns. Login information: To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference. 

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