Global Weekly Update April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

Keep Calling on Congress to Support Ending Poverty in FY12

Late Friday night, Congress and the White House struck an 11th-hour deal to finalize the federal budget for 2011. While details are still emerging, we know that this was only the first of several battles to protect investments that save lives, protect and create jobs, and reflect the values of the United States.

We urgently need your voice to stave off even more devastating cuts to anti-poverty programs at home and abroad.

This week the House of Representatives will vote on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal for 2012. This budget blueprint is an extreme measure that would gut vital programs that improve health, advance education, and strengthen the economy.

Check out our latest blog entry on the FY12 Ryan budget and take action!

Spring is Springing! Time for More Face-to-face Meetings and Grassroots Expansion

There is a long congressional recess approaching. April 18–29 is the perfect time to plan for an in-district meeting with your member of Congress, particularly your representative. You could discuss FY12 appropriations or the upcoming Education for All Act of 2011. Take advantage of RESULTS tools to schedule and plan your meeting, and then don’t forget to report on what happened.

And speaking of the power of the grassroots, do you know of anyone who might be interested in starting a RESULTS group in either the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania or in the Xenia/Beavercreek/Fairborn/Springfield area of Ohio? Please contact Mary Peterson, Global Grassroots Associate for Expansion to discuss ways to get them involved!

Teach a Lesson, Reach a New Audience

In two weeks RESULTS will participate in Education for All advocacy events with the Global Campaign for Education’s (GCE) annual Global Action Week May 2–8 and during the April congressional recess. You should get involved! GCE will be driving the the Blue Ribbon Campaign that seeks to build awareness and support for the nearly 70 million children globally who are denied the opportunity of even setting feet in a primary school classroom. RESULTS groups can still plan outreach to community groups, grade schools, and scout troops now to support EFA advocacy with resources that GCE has on its website!

Don’t forget the Global Poverty Project is coming to a city near you! Ken Patterson, Global Grassroots Manager has some great ideas for you in his blog post, Outreach is the Only Way To Generate New Voices.

The International Conference: Something for Everyone

The RESULTS/REF 2011 International Conference is a summer highlight. Join us in Washington, DC, June 19–21 for learning, connection, and the chance to speak to Capitol Hill about the imperative of ending poverty. With sessions relevant to both new and veteran advocates, the chance to sharpen skills, and the chance to start or enrich friendship, we feel that the conference is a great investment in your advocacy future.

Register today before registration rates go up and the hotel group block closes on May 3.

Visit the IC information page on our website to find out the latest details, as we update it regularly. On the page, you’ll find information on the Karen McQuillan Memorial Fund that provides limited conference scholarships, conference sponsorship opportunities, the Campuses for Change program, the call for nominations for the Cameron Duncan Media Award, and much more. Check it out, as deadlines are approaching.

Coming on your own and need a roommate? No problem! Visit our discussion forum, as a discussion thread has been started for the purpose of helping you solve your dilemma.

We have a new, interactive online grassroots forum. The forum will enable activists to communicate and collaborate more directly. Click on My RESULTS, get your personalized sign-in name, and start collaborating.

April 13: Beginning of next New Activist Orientation series. 9:00 pm ET. Call (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. RSVP for the next series (April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25) or get more information, by contacting Lisa Marchal.

April 13: Training Call on Gaining Momentum for the Preservation of Foreign Aid. 9:00 pm ET. Call (712) 432-3100, passcode 887871. For more information, contact Ken Patterson.

April 18–29: Congressional recess

May 14: Global Conference Call. 2:00 pm ET. (888) 409-6709

June 19–21: RESULTS International Conference

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