Global Poverty Weekly Update November 2, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | November 2, 2015
1. House Bill Cosponsorship is Up. The Reach Act, H.R. 3706, is grounded in the global consensus that ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035 is possible. The bill currently has 19 cosponsors, including 9 Republicans. Our goal is to have 17 Republican cosponsors by November 6. Can you help get us there?
Take Action: Use our online action to ask your representative to cosponsor now. Use the October Action Sheet to learn more about the bill and engage others! Use this press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics to engage pediatricians in your community.
2. Get Published. Use the September Action Sheet or our online action to help you write a letter to the editor calling for Congress to get behind the Reach Act. Share the hyperlink with others who might want to write as well.
Our MCH media toolkit can help you hone local hooks and insert other relevant MCH facts, but the most valuable component is your unique voice.
3. Talk to Your Senators. Use the August Action Sheet or our online action to ask your senators to cosponsor S.1911, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act in the Senate. The Senate bill is very similar to the House bill. We now have 6 Senate cosponsors in an even bipartisan split. We need to accelerate progress here to achieve our goal of 35 cosposors by the end of the year (at least 10 of them Republicans). The bill text is online, and you can also track progress on cosponsorship.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released new data today showing that tuberculosis (TB) is now the world’s leading infectious killer. While the report shows incremental progress against the epidemic, better data gathering now proves that the epidemic is even bigger than previously thought. See our press release.
Longtime volunteer and donor Peter Fiekowsky has put forward a challenge match for Grassroots Fundraising this month. If we can collectively raise over $25,000 through Friends & Family campaigns from Nov 1-Nov 30, Peter will contribute an additional $10,000 to RESULTS. Join him in raising the funds RESULTS’ needs to power its work by the end of the year.
TAKE ACTION. Take twenty minutes to help us meet our $100,000 goal through our simple Friends & Family Campaigns! Here are the three easy steps to get you started. (If you have questions, please contact Jen DeFranco or Jerusa Contee for assistance.)
1. Set a goal for the amount you want to raise.
2. Create your own Friends and Family Fundraising page. Online resources can be found on the website to help make your planning of your friends and family fundraising page easier to manage. Here are the options available:
Of course, if you prefer to do a letter campaign we can help you do that too.
3. Invite your friends and family to donate to RESULTS through your page or mailed in.
RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund is looking to fill one grassroots board position to serve a term of three (3) years beginning in November of 2015. (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, and to advise on major policy for the organization, as well as providing fiduciary oversight. The Executive Committee of the Board is the primary governing body of the organization. Members meet frequently by teleconference 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. Thank you to all who nominated dedicated volunteers as candidates to serve on the board – your nomination was recognition of their commitment and leadership skills. And thanks to the nominees who agreed to be considered. We’re honored!
Our grassroots board candidates include Mark Campbell, Lisa Peters, and Beth Wilson. You may vote for one candidate, and you can click to view candidate bios. Remember voting ends Monday, November 9 at midnight ET. Then click here to vote. Please share this with other active RESULTS members.
This year on World AIDS Day (December 1), RESULTS will be kicking off our Global Fund replenishment campaign. Global Fund replenishment will happen sometime early next summer, and we want to build momentum now towards a bold U.S. pledge. We have set an ambitious goal of 50 events nationwide on World AIDS Day. These events will be designed to educate and organize our communities about RESULTS and the Global Fund as well as grow our grassroots base. This is a great opportunity to grow your group and get ready for the replenishment. Sign up to host a World AIDS Day event today.
Next RESULTS Free Agents (Global Campaigns) Webinar will be in December.
November 10, 9 pm ET. Webinar about the State of TB in the World. Where are we with TB, and which upcoming events that will shape the landscape of future TB efforts? Join via webinar link or dial in to 201-479-4595, meeting number 31026002.
November 14, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns): Theme: Global Fund Replenishment. Guest: Chrisoph Benn of the Global Fund. Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
Resources at Your Fingertips
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report Your 2015 Advocacy
2015 Global Congressional Scorecard (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)
Who Are the New(est) Members of Congress? (scroll down page)
Quote of the Week
"With tuberculosis, the more we look, the more we find. Through the use of more accurate measuring tools, the estimate of the total number of TB cases has been revised upward for the second year in a row. We now know that more lives are lost annually to TB than even to HIV/AIDS." – Joanne Carter