Global Poverty Weekly Update October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016

Global Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | Week of October 3, 2016

Quote of the Week

"But, there are history-making moments, when we know precisely how to close a gap between knowledge and implementation. This is where we now find ourselves. For the first time in history, experts agree we can end unnecessary deaths of children and their mothers by 2035. The key? Passing the Reach Every Mother and Child Act . . . "

– from Reach Act op-ed by RESULTS Tulsa advocate Olivia Shadid in the Tulsa World

October 8 National Grassroots Webinar, 2 pm ET. Join Us!

Inspired by our advocacy and our issues, Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11) will be our special guest! Login: to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

Take Advantage of the October Recess on Behalf of Reach Act

October means a congressional recess this year. And we have 201 names on the House version of the Reach Act (including the original lead). What does this combination mean? It means that now is the time to take action on the Reach Act (H.R. 3706), reaching out in-district/in-state, asking that the positive momentum behind the bill (H.R. 3706/S. 1911) translate into passage of the bill.

  • Find your representatives and senators in your state and district. Go to their town halls and ask for face-to-face meetings, so 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"!
  • 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.

Find Reach Act resources online.

Global Grassroots Priorities for the Balance of This Year

Upcoming Learning and Action Opportunities

October 8, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.

October 12, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.

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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