Global Poverty Weekly Update October 24, 2016
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of October 24, 2016
“I see myself as a global citizen. Advocacy is never a waste of time and energy, and the rewards are exponential.”
– Abigail Akande, RESULTS Little Rock advocate
We are in the thick of a long fall recess. And we have 201 names on the House version of the Reach Act (including the original lead) with a possible 9 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 Reach Act resources online.
New survey data finds that nearly 9 in 10 people feel global extreme poverty rates have increased in the last two decades when it, in fact, has been more than halved. Check out this inspiring video and celebrate this progress. We can change this mindset and inspire people into action by hosting outreach events and informing the community of all of the progress we’ve made.
Now is the time to prepare for the opportunities of a new Congress and President in 2017. We have an exciting opportunity to inspire online advocates into offline actions by organizing powerful outreach events this fall, and educate our community on the progress we’ve made toward ending extreme poverty in the last two decades. Here’s how:
1. Set a date for an outreach event.
2. Inform your Regional Coordinator as well as Mark Campbell, Global Health Associate.
4. If your outreach event is centered around our maternal/child health work, apply for an outreach mini-grant.
For more information, tabling materials, and other support, please reach out to Mark Campbell. We want to support you to build robust groups for the new president and Congress. Plan your outreach dates and times, and we'll support you. Be in touch with your regional coordinator. And use this link to set up a free VolunteerMatch ad for your event!
1. 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 a campaign kick off call on November 10 at 8 pm ET. Take a moment to email Mea Geizhals, Grassroots Fundraising Manager to register for the call and get the process started.
2. A recent New York Times article noted that tuberculosis "is so old that it has been discovered in the skeletons of Egyptian mummies . . . " and yet this disease that disproportionately affects the poor is a scourge we're still battling. You can read more in this important Huffington Post piece (which includes insights from our own TB Advocacy Officer David Bryden). Motivated to get published and raise the call to action? Click and we'll help you do just that!
October 25, 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.
November 12, 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.
November 14: Congressional recess ends.
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.)