Global Poverty Weekly Update May 8, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of May 8, 2017
"There are no requirements or qualifications needed to raise your voice. I am a true believer in the African proverb: 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'"
– RESULTS advocate Rackel Nderi
1. This Saturday! May 13, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
2. May Group Planning. The First 100 Days may be over, but our powerful work is not. Grab our fresh 2017 Group Planning Materials to springboard off your First 100 Days success and carry forward your plans into the balance of the year. (Planning materials available for individual advocates, too!) We’ve also updated our online form where you can submit your plans: www.tinyurl.com/RESULTS2017Plans. Take time in May to complete your 2017 Group Plan Summary and submit it online no later than May 31, 2017.
3. May 15. Earlybird Rate for the RESULTS International Conference ends.
4. May 23, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time, Part 2: Next Steps and Best Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. All RESULTS volunteers who want to build the number of volunteers taking advocacy actions in their communities are welcome attend this webinar. This will be an interactive webinar where we'll share best practices, coaching and learning from each other. It will build on a similar webinar held in April. Login: http://fuze.me/34577774 or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774.
5. RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member Election. Would you like to take on a leadership role in governing our RESULTS community? Do you know someone who you think would be a strong voice for guiding our national organization? We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the RESULTS & RESULTS Educational Fund Grassroots Board Member election, which will be held this summer. The two seats currently held by Vanessa Garcia and Cindy Changyit Levin will become vacant in July. This election will fill these seats, so that we continue to have four grassroots volunteers serving on our board. You can nominate someone who you think would be a strong voice representing RESULTS volunteers OR you can even nominate yourself if you want to take a bold new step in your leadership journey. Nominations will close on Sunday, May 28. For a full description of nomination eligibility and the nominations process, check out our blog.
6. Great May News on FY17 Government Spending Bill. On May 4, the Senate finally passed the $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2017 (FY17) government spending bill. Within this bill, there are a few positives related to our global poverty work; RESULTS advocates have reason to be proud. Want the details? Read on!
Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25 for the RESULTS International Conference. Dr. Joia Mukherjee (Chief Medical Office at Partners in Health) . . . speaker and author Pamela M. Covington . . . Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson . . . and more. These are some of the speakers you'll be able to see and hear at this year's International Conference! Check out the current list of speakers as well as the current menu of workshops that will be available at this year's International Conference.
1. Read More About It. Enjoy the latest blog post outlining the excitement and learning that await you. Grow your knowledge with us in DC!
2. Share It. Are you already looking forward to the conference, jotting down your packing list? Use Twitter or Facebook to showcase your enthusiasm and boldly ask someone new to join us in DC this summer.
3. Getting There. Global poverty advocates: apply for scholarship help – what we call "gap funding." And check out our conference FAQ for cost-saving tips on flights and more.
1. May Action Sheet and Editorial Packet on the FY18 Budget. Earlier this spring, the White House released a budget blueprint that would slash U.S. investments in the fight against poverty around the world in FY18. Use our May Action Sheet to create an Education & Action meeting on this issue. The action sheet will empower you to write a Mother's Day-themed letter to the editor. And pitch this editorial packet to your local editor, asking them to issue a call for the preservation of this vital funding.
2. Senate Maternal and Child Health Sign-on Letter. Now is the time to urge members of Congress to voice their support for protecting and increasing funding for anti-poverty programs in global health and education for fiscal year 2018. The House has completed the official process for weighing in, so now we turn our attention to the Senate. There are two key actions RESULTS advocates can take with their senators: 1) Ask your Senators to make a personal appropriations request to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee (SFOPS) leadership and 2) ask your Senator to sign on to a maternal/child health (MCH) “Dear Colleague” letter. Check out the PDF and Word versions of this action sheet so you can enroll your group and new invitees to take action.
Current Signers for Senate Maternal and Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Letter (as of May 8) – 24 signers: Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ed Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR)
We are in an extraordinary organizing moment. People across the country are eager to engage with the political process and make a difference in the causes they care about. RESULTS is working to take full advantage of this opportunity to build our movement of passionate, committed everyday people. RESULTS grassroots advocates are helping to raise needed funds to ensure we can take full advantage of this unique organizing moment by participating in a peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign called Speak Up.
Speak Up will officially run from May 15-26 and is an opportunity to invite your friends and family (and neighbors, colleagues, community) to support your work as a volunteer advocate with a donation to RESULTS. Campaign resources are now available on our website, including talking points about our work, sample emails and social media posts to promote your campaign, and step-by-step instructions (with pictures) on how to set up your fundraising page.
Additionally, you are invited to the Speak Up Campaign Kick Off Webinar this Thursday, May 11 at 8:30 PM ET. Join the webinar at http://fuze.me/34878646 or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34878646.
May 8-12. House Recess.
May 11, 8:30 pm ET. Speak Up Campaign Kick Off Webinar. Login: http://fuze.me/34878646 or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34878646.
May 13, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
May 15. Earlybird Rate for the International Conference ENDS.
May 15-26. Speak Up: Friends & Family Fundraising Campaign.
May 23, 9 pm ET. It's Go Time, Part 2: Next Steps and Best Practices for Engaging Your Community in Advocacy Webinar. All RESULTS volunteers who want to build the number of volunteers taking advocacy actions in their communities are welcome attend this webinar. This will be an interactive webinar where we'll share best practices, coaching and learning from each other. It will build on a similar webinar held in April. Login: http://fuze.me/34577774 or join by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34577774.
May 28. Nominations Due for Grassroots Board Member Election.
May 29-June 2. Senate Recess.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2017 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)
Contact the Grassroots Board Members of the RESULTS Board. Also, you can view the most recently published minutes from Board meetings on the RESULTS website, as well as download RESULTS’ most recent Annual Report.