Global Poverty Weekly Update November 30, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | November 30, 2015
The Reach Act: From Strength to Strength
The Reach Act (H.R. 3706 in the House and S.1911 in the Senate) will guide us in ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035, if we can get it passed. So far in the House we have 19 Republican and 23 Democrat cosponsors, for a total of 42. Our goal is to secure 100 cosponsors, with a balance of Republicans and Democrats, by the end of the year. In the Senate we have 3 Republicans and 3 Democrat cosponsors. Our goal is to have 35 cosponsors by the end of the year. Find a current listing of cosponsors online.
We believe that if we hit our goals, the committees with whom the bills reside will be inspired to start working toward passing the Reach Act. Here's how you can take action to help:
5 minutes: Use our online action to ask your representative and senators to cosponsor the Reach Act. Personalize your note, letting them know that there is strong bipartisan support for the Reach Act and that when children are in trouble, we must help them. If your members of Congress are already cosponsors, ask them to bring more Republicans on to the bills.
10 minutes: Make a call to your representative and senators and ask them to cosponsor the Reach Act using our laser talk. Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get to their offices. If you don't know who they are, look them up here.
20-60 minutes: Write a holiday letter to the editor or oped using our new November-December Action Sheet or our online action. The holidays are a great time to call on people to reflect and take action via the media. In order to meet our goal of generating media in all 50 states, we still need media in CO, GA, HI, ID, IA, KY, LA, MA, NV, NH, ND, OK, OR, VT, WY, WI. Can you help us get media in one of these states?
Find a current collection of great maternal/child health campaign support tools on our website!
Help Us Reach Our $100,000 Goal
The generosity of the season can help us all reach our world-changing $100,000 fundraising goal through our simple Friends & Family Campaign. Reach out to those you care about and who care about you. Tell them the story of why you advocate for RESULTS, why we advocate as a collective, and why our work is urgent. Then ask for support!
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.
Let's Celebrate! December 12 National Grassroots Webinar
Bring the entire RESULTS family together for the December 12 webinar/call for our global campaigns at 2 pm ET. Our special guest will be you, our RESULTS volunteers. We'll have special shares from new groups and volunteers, some data on what we've accomplished, and a look at 2016. It will be fun, entertaining, and inspiring. Information on how to join is below in the Upcoming Events section. If you want your group's work to be counted in our numbers, catch up on your group reporting on outreach, media, and meetings with members of Congress here:
Stay tuned for information on upcoming issue "deep dive" webinars and 2016 group planning materials/support.
December 9, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
December 12, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
December 14, 8 pm ET. Are you a RESULTS activist with our global poverty campaigns, living in a town with no RESULTS group? You are alone no more! To join, go to http://fuze.me/27781074 or (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 27781074. Contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for more information on this monthly gathering.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
Resources at Your Fingertips
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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
"An advocate is the muscle of hope. Absent advocacy, hope lays dormant, fades and dies. Advocacy gives it shape, voice, direction and potential. Being an advocate tells the world you believe in something. An advocate care enough to engage, and believe the world we live in is built by those with a aspiration, not a foregone conclusion we merely tolerate."
– Chris Cuddihy, RESULTS Denver Group Leader