Global Poverty Weekly Update November 7, 2016


November 7, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of November 7, 2016


Quote of the Week

“A 20-year-old pre-med student can write an op-ed and get a call from his senator. That’s astounding.” – Garrett Wilkinson, RESULTS advocate in Kansas


Great Guest Speaker for November Global Grassroots Webinar

We will welcome Rob Nabors of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rob leads the team which manages Gates’ work with government relations, policy, and advocacy in the U.S., Canada, and Asia Pacific. His team, based in Washington, DC, develops and implements strategies that help mobilize the resources, political commitment, and public commitment necessary to achieving the foundation’s programmatic goals. Join us as we start to think about "The First 100 Days" of a new administration. November 12, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

Just a Few Days Left in this Congressional Recess. Reach Out About the Reach Act.

We are in the final week of a long congressional recess. And we have 201 names on the House version of the Reach Act (including the original lead) with a possible 13 new cosponsors in the wings, and we have 26 names on the Senate version. But what can you do during a congressional recess to move this legislation forward? A lot, it turns out!

  • Find your representatives and senators in your state and district. Go to their town halls and ask for face-to-face meetings using our online help so that when they come back after elections, they are ready to act by the end of the year.  You can also set up a Google Alert that will automatically search the internet for information on events and e-mail you the results. Simply go to the Google alert site and follow the instructions to create an alert that will let you know when a candidate is having a public event (remember to separate your search terms by a comma).
  • Follow up with congressional offices to see if they've promised to cosponsor the bill but aren't yet showing up in the official record. (Check online.)
  • Follow up with offices for which you don't have an answer regarding cosponsorship of this notably bipartisan bill. Remember, you don't have a true answer until you move past "maybe"!
  • Use action sheet. Because we have so much House momentum in particular . . . if your representative is already a cosponsor, ask him/her to speak to Rep. Ed Royce, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, requesting that the committee move the Reach Act this year. Find out when your representative will make the request of Rep. Royce. Here is a laser talk you can use to make this request as well as our action sheet.

Find Reach Act resources online.


It's Never Too Late for Outreach

"Personal connections make things meaningful." – RESULTS Raleigh group leader Lindsay Saunders

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. 

1.  Set a date this week for an outreach event.

2.  Inform your Regional Coordinator as well as Mark Campbell, Global Health Associate. 

3.  Invite your contacts, utilizing our outreach resources (scroll down) and the latest laser talk.

4.  Make your invitations personal! Use last month's general outreach support action sheet. Then use our November action sheet to make personal invitations.

5.  Special note: Share this fantastic PowerPoint showing our progress on putting an end to extreme poverty

6.  If your outreach event is centered around our maternal/child health work, apply for an outreach mini-grant

7.  For tabling materials, information on online action takers who might want to be invited to your event, and other support, please reach out to Mark Campbell.

8.  Use this link to set up a free VolunteerMatch ad for your event! 

(Also, a World AIDS Day outreach guide will be available soon.)


Virtual Thanksgiving Feast: Fundraising for RESULTS Starts Nov. 14

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. The VTF runs from November 14-24, with campaign support calls on November 10 at 8:30 pm ET and November 19 at 12 pm ET. Take a moment to email Mea Geizhals, Grassroots Fundraising Manager, to register for a call.

News You Need

  • 365 in 365. Did you know that, through your diligent advocacy, we are within striking distance of having 365 media pieces published in 2016? Is one published media piece for every day of the year possible for us? Get charged up and stay tuned . . .  
  • Book Discussion with RESULTS Founder Sam Daley-Harris. November 15, 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. Additional date: December 14. 
  • RESULTS is Growing! Our intrepid grassroots expansion staff are working across the country to inspire and train new groups in our movement. RESULTS Cheyenne recently completed their new group training and became an official RESULTS group. Welcome! On December 7, RESULTS Little Rock will host a group start event. Let RESULTS staffer Misty Novitch know if you’d like to RSVP or know people in Little Rock who might be interested in attending. Advocates in Fayetteville, Arkansas will be meeting on December 8 as well. And there's more! RESULTS Iowa City and RESULTS Fargo are recruiting advocates to start new global groups. Let Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, know if you would like to be involved or know others in those areas we should invite. 
  • Willie Dickerson's Guide to Being a Media Advocacy Expert. Read this piece by this almost-famous Snohomish (WA) advocate and letter writer. Absorb, enjoy, and write! 
  • Check Out This Interesting Webinar on Working with Congress by our sister organization, Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • REAL Change Fellowship. The 2016-17 REAL Change Fellowship for emerging leaders (age 18-30) is open for applications
  • Share Your Stories with Us. RESULTS has created a new form to gather your advocacy stories to use to inform others about the power of citizen advocacy to share with and empower others. Go to our Voices of RESULTS form today and document your story today!​
  • Join the new RESULTS Volunteers Facebook page. This new online resource is a place where you can share successes, pictures, challenges, best practices, and ask questions in your advocacy work. Click to go online and sign up. 
  • Please Use the Reporting Forms Below to Catch Up on Your Advocacy Reporting for 2016.

Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities

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

November 12, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

November 14: Congressional recess ends and Virtual Thanksgiving Feast online fundraising kicks off. (Contact Mea Geizhals for more information.)

November 15, 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!


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