Global Poverty Weekly Update October 5, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | October 5, 2015
We Welcome Our New RESULTS Group in Memphis, Tennessee!
Join fellow advocates from all over the country on October 10, 2 pm ET, for the National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). We are so fortunate to have Katie Taylor, the Deputy Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator and a deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. Login information (no registration necessary): https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
1. Get Published. The September Action Sheet is available to help you write a letter to the editor calling for Congress to get behind support of maternal/child health (MCH) and the Reach Act. Annual data on the world's progress in tackling maternal/child health is now out, thanks to UNICEF's annual release of their child survival data. And Pope Francis' visit to the United States is taking the media by storm, which provides an incredible hook since poverty is one of his major talking points these days. "On the heels of the Pope's historic visit to the United States . . . " could be your opening phrase. So if you haven’t yet written a letter or an op-ed yet, what are you waiting for?
For help writing a letter to the editor, you can also use our new action alert highlighting UNICEF data. Share the hyperlink with others who might want to write as well. Share what you've gotten published, too, so others can share and respond to it . . . and so on!
Our MCH media toolkit can help you hone local hooks and insert other relevant MCH facts . . . but the most valuable component is your unique voice, used to craft a personal piece that makes the case for the maternal/child health legislation on which we've been working so diligently. Take advantage of the first few days of fall and get writing!
2. Talk to Your Senators. The August Action Sheet is designed to help you bring S.1911, the Reach Every Mother and Child Act in the Senate, to the attention of your Senate offices. S.1911 works for the end of preventable maternal, newborn, and child deaths around the world. We now have 6 senators, in an even bipartisan split, on the legislation! Phenomenal! Let's keep the momentum going. The bill text is online, and you can also track progress on cosponsorship. (We're first wanting to get 25 cosponsors, 10 of them Republicans, by the end of the year.) Don't hesitate to get into action!
And finally, invite folks who are curious about your RESULTS work and care about global health to come along to any local meetings you book! Request meetings now for the upcoming October recess. And use #Savemomsandkids; that's the Twitter hashtag where a lot of maternal/child health conversation is happening.
Members of the House are invited to a timely and important briefing on October 8 entitled "Crisis in Syria: Educating Refugee Children." More information can be found online, including the method for RSVP'ing.
We want to thank all of the groups and individuals who have raised funds for RESULTS already this year, whether through events or Friends and Family Campaigns! To the groups who have pledged and committed to events and campaigns in the coming months: keep up the great work! If you have not yet taken the opportunity to participate in a fundraising campaign in 2015, we invite you to join other grassroots volunteers in committing to help RESULTS meet our fundraising goal of $100,000 through the grassroots fundraising campaign. That figure can seem daunting, but we all know the difference our collective impact can make. It's easy to help us meet that goal through our simple Friends and Family Campaigns! And you can get started in three easy steps:
1. Set a fundraising goal.
2. Create your own fundraising page. (Email Jen DeFranco or Jerusa Contee for assistance). Our current campaigns that are already in place, and actively being used, are already set up here:
3. Then invite your friends and family to donate to your page. The funds raised through our events and Friends & Family Campaigns are unrestricted funds that allow RESULTS to support us as advocates, as well as maintain its independence to work on the issues and strategic projects where we will have the most impact.
RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund is looking to fill one grassroots board position to serve a term of three (3) years beginning in November of 2015. (There are four grassroots board seats in total.) Grassroots board members represent the volunteer body on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Board. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to work with the Executive Director in shaping the direction of RESULTS, and to advise on major policy for the organization, as well as providing fiduciary oversight. The Executive Committee of the Board is the primary governing body of the organization. Members meet frequently by teleconference and are in communication via e-mail and telephone calls. Members must be able to participate at this level and are expected to chair or serve on a Board Committee(s) as well as participate in fundraising for the organization. Grassroots board members play a particular role in representing grassroots perspectives on the board. Thank you to all who nominated dedicated volunteers as candidates to serve on the board – your nomination was recognition of their commitment and leadership skills. And thanks to the nominees who agreed to be considered. We’re honored!
Our grassroots board candidates include Mark Campbell, Lisa Peters, and Beth Wilson. You may vote for one candidate, and you can click to view candidate bios. Remember voting ends Monday, November 9 at midnight ET. Then click here to vote. Please share this with other active RESULTS members.
Are you a current or incoming RESULTS group leader for a global campaigns group? Then this opportunity is just for you! These training retreats, to be repeated several times over the next year and highlighting our global health campaign work and group leader best practices, will help both veteran and soon-to-be group leaders sharpen their skills, gain even more confidence in their leadership, and build relationships and rapport with fellow leaders. We just had our first training in Washington, DC, and it was fun and inspiring to be with so many great RESULTS advocate-leaders. Go to our information sheet for more details and registration.
October 8, 1 pm ET. Support Call to Assist Your World AIDS Day Outreach. Meeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30470802. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30470802.
October 10, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). Login information (no registration necessary): https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
*Rescheduled* October 14, 8 pm ET. Support Call to Assist Your World AIDS Day Outreach. Meeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30470802. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30470802.
October 17. Join RESULTS Volunteers from CT, NY, NJ, PA, RI, ME, VT, and NH for the Northeast Regional Conference. There will be learning, inspiration, fun, and food. Contact Ken Patterson with questions and sign up for the conference online.
October 19, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents (Global Campaigns). 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.
October 21, 9 pm ET. Support Call to Assist Your World AIDS Day Outreach. Meeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30470802. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30470802.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
Resources at Your Fingertips
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report Your 2015 Advocacy
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
"Extreme poverty will be gone if we do our job right." – Dr. Jeffrey Sachs