Global Poverty Weekly Update November 21, 2016
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of November 21, 2016
"Since becoming an advocate, I feel that I am actively participating in the democratic process."
– Carl Schneider, RESULTS advocate in Memphis
December 10, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Joint Webinar with All Grassroots Advocates. PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL LOGIN FOR THE DECEMBER WEBINAR. To join the webinar online, login at http://fuze.me/32255914. If you cannot join online, you can dial in by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID: 32255914#. It will be a great celebration you won't want to miss. What did we accomplish in 2016? What will we accomplish in the first 100 days of 2017? Let's come together and share! And while you're together, please catch up on your 2016 advocacy reporting. (You'll find report forms below.)
We’ve done some amazing this work this year. One of our biggest accomplishments was the advocacy we did to get the Obama Administration to make a pledge of $4.3 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. You generated nearly 100 pieces of media and got 36 senators (of both parties) to sign on to a letter to the Administration. These efforts and others by our partners around the globe led to a successful replenishment conference with pledges coming in at $12.9 billion. If donors keep their word, these funds will prevent 300 million infections and save an additional 8 million lives by 2020. Great work!
What's next? As you know, Congress is responsible for appropriating these funds each year, and we have a new Congress and administration. Let’s use World AIDS Day to call on our newly elected Congress to follow through on the US commitment.
1. Connect with your community. Now is the time to prepare for the opportunities of a new congress and president in 2017 and invite others to be part of it all. Set a date now for an outreach event on/around World AIDS Day. Connect with your Regional Coordinater as well as Mark Campbell, Global Health Associate, for support with your event including tabling materials requests and a mini-grant application. You can even explore our online outreach resources (scroll down page).
All set with your event idea? Then start inviting! Use our laser talk and last month's general outreach support action sheet to make your invitations personal. Then use our November action sheet to write out personal invitations. You can even use this link to set up a free VolunteerMatch ad for your event.
3. Invite your members of Congress and their aides to a December 6 Hill Briefing on TB, co-sponsored by RESULTS and spear-headed by our friends at the National TB Controllers Association. Download and share this invitation today!
Before this Congress heads home at the end of the year, they have a chance to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of children. Even in the wake of such a divisive election, the issue of global education brings together members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. By passing the Education for All Act of 2016, lawmakers can move us a step closer to a world where every child has access to the education she deserves.The Education for All Act (S.3256/H.R.4481) requires the U.S. government to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve access to quality education for children and youth in low-income countries. It will address the barriers that right now prevent kids from getting into school and succeeding once they’re there. This bipartisan bill was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this fall. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to take up the legislation.
Join the Virtual Thanksgiving Feast Friends and Family Campaign (VTF), your last chance to help fundraise for RESULTS in 2016. This peer-to-peer online fundraising campaign is an opportunity to raise funds that support our volunteer advocacy program. Already, the campaign has raised at least $9400. Amazing work! Get your fundraiser started or support an existing campaign today! #VirtualThanksgiving
December 10, 2 p.m. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots – Joint Webinar with All Grassroots Advocates. PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL LOGIN FOR THE DECEMBER WEBINAR. To join the webinar online, login at http://fuze.me/32255914. If you cannot join online, you can dial in by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID: 32255914#.
November 14-24: Virtual Thanksgiving Feast online fundraising campaign. (Contact Mea Geizhals for more information.)
November 24-25: RESULTS Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday.
December 14, 9 pm ET. Join Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS, as he shares what’s needed to create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. He’ll share lessons outlined in his book, Reclaiming Our Democracy, and from his work with the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation. Find Reclaiming Our Democracy on Amazon. To join: http://fuze.me/33573378. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 33573378.
July 22-25, 2017. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. It's never too early to start planning!
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report Your 2016 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)