Global Poverty Weekly Update September 7, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | September 7, 2015
September 12, 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. Invited: a special guest to discuss the release of UNICEF's latest child survival data in their newest report, A Promise Renewed.
As you gather, want to talk a bit about plans for the balance of 2015? Take a look at the 2015 Grassroots Planning Calendar for some great information on what's ahead, including new tools and opportunities.
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. Stay tuned for more information.
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.
1. 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).
2. 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. Take a minute to check today’s copy of your local paper to see if they pick up the Associated Press story on the data; then write your LTE in response! 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 – 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.
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 last few days of summer and get writing!
1. Board Nominations. We are taking nominations for an open grassroots board member seat opening this fall as Beth Wilson, one of our outstanding grassroots board members (who is eligible for re-nomination), finishes her term. Nominations of candidates for the open grassroots board member position must reach the RESULTS office by Tuesday, September 15. We are encouraging participation from across the breadth of our organization. Candidates for the grassroots board members must be engaged in an active RESULTS group. Candidates can be nominated by others or can nominate themselves. Please email your nomination to [email protected] or call (202) 783-4800 x152.
2. #Savemomsandkids. That's the Twitter hashtag where a lot of maternal/child health conversation is happening.
3. Have You Seen the Photos from the 2015 International Conference? Take a look at these shining faces!
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 12, 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.
September 12. RESULTS Fundraiser in Denver. Contact us for more information.
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. Stay tuned for more details.
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
"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
– Vincent Van Gogh