Global Weekly Update August 9, 2010


August 9, 2010

Take Action: Generate Media on the Global Fund’s Replenishment Meeting This Fall

The UN MDG Summit is September 20–22 and the Stand Up, Take Action for the MDGs is September 17–19. Can we generate media to make an impact for the Global Fund?

Write an LTE! Our goal is to generate 50 by September 19.

The action sheet (Word) is focused on writing a letter to the editor (LTE) on the need for the U.S. to support the funding replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Take this action today and share it with your friends and community.

Get editorials and op-eds published! Our goal is to generate 15 editorials and 10 op-eds by September 19.

Use this this editoral packet available that you can share with your local paper’s editor to explain the issue to them and give them the resources so they can write their own editorial.

Exciting Conference Call Saturday, August 14 — Support the Global Fund!

Join us Saturday, August 14 at 2:00 pm ET for an exciting monthly conference call. TB-HIV patient activist Winstone Zulu will call from Zambia to speak to us about the critical importance of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the urgent need now for funding to face a crisis: clinics are running out of drugs and have to turn away patients, which is alredy happening in many parts of Africa. We will then be joined by Dr. Daniel Carucci, vice president for global health for the UN Foundation, will speak to us about a new documentary that captures direct-impact stories of Global Fund success. Watch the video today!

Download this flyer (Word) to share with your community.

August is a Great Time to Talk to Your Reps and Senators About Our Issues!

Congress is on summer recess until September 10.

A “recess” means that reps and senators are in their districts and states for meetings with constituents. Call the local scheduler today and ask for a time to meet — be creative! You can meet at their office, at a local coffee shop, or a community event. And don’t forget to sign up for their e-mail lists on their websites to find out when they will be holding town hall meetings and other events for constituents.

Use our Activist Milestone #7 to guide you and find a sample letter to send to your scheduler.

Ask your rep to cosponsor:

  1. the bill for the currency transaction levy,
  2. Yunus Gold Medal Act , and/or
  3. the Education for All Act .

What are You Doing to Stand Up and Taken Action for the MDGs September 17–19?

Stand Up, Take Action for the MDGs is happening right before the UN MDG Summit (Sept. 20–22). Spend time with your group planning how to use this great event to generate interest in RESULTS and bringing new members into your group. Review our planning guide to see how you can take advantage of this great event!

August Congressional Recesses: House: 8/2 to 9/10; Senate: 8/6 to 9/10

August 14: Global Conference Call. Focus: Global Fund Replenishment. 2:00 pm ET. Call in at (888) 409-6709. Special guests: Winstone Zulu, Zambia TB-HIV activist; and Dr. Daniel Carucci, Vice President for Global Health for the UN Foundation

August 17: Global Fund/MDG Summit Media Training Call #1. 9:00 pm ET. Get ideas, inspiration, assistantce making your Global Fund media push in the run-up to the MDG Summit! Call (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.

August 18: Global Fund/MDG Summit Media Training Call #2. 9:00 pm ET.

September 17–19: National outreach for all groups around Stand Up Against Poverty weekend.

September 20–22: UN MDG Summit.

October–December: Fall fundraising campaign.

October 3: Muhammad Yunus will be on the Simpsons to talk about the power of microfinance! Think about hosting a house party. Listen to this interview with Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson and microfinance advocate.

December 1: World AIDS Day. Interested in an event to raise awareness about TB-HIV coinfection? Think of all the possibilities, and then apply for a mini-grant to help your event take off! 

Other Dates

September–November: We’ll be working to identify U.S. TB patient advocates who can speak powerfully about their experience with TB to make it real for our communities.

October or November: Media training for TB Controllers and grassroots activists.

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