Global Poverty Weekly Update September 14, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | September 14, 2015
We're welcoming our new RESULTS LA group this week. Glad to have you in the network!
Congress Needs to Hear From Us on Maternal/Child Health (and Education . . . and TB)!
1. Get Published. A new 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. So if you haven’t yet written a letter or an op-ed yet, this will be one of our best news moments of the year. Try Googling the name of your paper alongside the first sentence of the AP piece (“The rate of child deaths around the world has dropped by more than half since 1990”). If your paper ran this story, it should pop right up. It’s been published in dozens of outlets nationwide. Then write an LTE in response. How many LTEs can we get in response mentioning the Reach Act?
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 brand new 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. 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!
Use this time – and this laser talk – to connect with those who speak for you in Congress. Send them the RESULTS press release linking our MCH work to new UNICEF child survival data. Ask your senators for cosponsorship of S.1911. Or ask your representative to become a member of the new International Basic Education Caucus, the TB Elimination Caucus (currently at least 37 members) and the Global TB Caucus (over 500 parliamentarians currently).
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! And use #Savemomsandkids; that's the Twitter hashtag where a lot of maternal/child health conversation is happening.
September 27, 12:45 pm ET. International Webinar. Live from NYC, the Sustainable Development Goals Summit. Invite those who are curious about RESULTS, who are inspired by the SDGs, who are thinking about what they can do to end extreme poverty . . . get together and be part of this unique webinar.
Meeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30375010. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30375010.
This year on World AIDS Day (December 1) RESULTS will be kicking off our Global Fund replenishment campaign. Global Fund replenishment will happen sometime early next summer, and we want to build momentum now towards a bold U.S. pledge. We have set an ambitious goal of 50 events nationwide on World AIDS day. These events will be designed to educate and organize our communities about RESULTS and the Global Fund as well as grow our grassroots base. This is a great opportunity to grow your group and get ready for the replenishment. Sign up to host a World AIDS Day event today.
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.
September 21, 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.
September 27, 12:45 pm ET. International Webinar. Live from NYC, the Sustainable Development Goals Summit. Meeting URL: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30375010. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30375010.
October 6, 1 pm ET. Webinar on Top Expansion Tips for Your Group. Stay tuned for details.
October 8, 13, and 21. Support Calls to Assist Your World AIDS Day Outreach. Stay tuned for details.
October 10, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). Here is the login information (no registration necessary): https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
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
"Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience."
– Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City