Global Weekly Update December 31, 2012


January 2, 2013

Welcome to 2013!

The RESULTS office is officially open for the 2013 advocacy year, and we are excited! Happy New Year!

How Should I Get my Advocacy Year Started?

We invite you to put three key things on your January agenda as you look ahead to all that 2013 has in store:

1. RESULTS National Grassroots Conference Call for Global Poverty Campaigns featuring Dr. Jeffrey Sachs! January 12, 2 pm ET. Dial (888) 409-6709 to join. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goal, and friend of RESULTS, will be our special guest. As indicated in his extensive and inspiring bio, Dr. Sachs has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and was cited by the New York Times as “probably the most important economist in the world.” Dr. Sachs was a favorite speaker at our 2012 International Conference, and we will be thrilled to get his take on the importance of our advocacy in 2013, what is at stake, and what is possible as we seek to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. So gather with your group, gather with friends, dial in, and be part of a great start to the new year.

2. 2013 Group (and Individual) Planning. Several of the 2013 Group Planning documents are available online, and the full set of documents will be completed shortly. You can find them in the section of our website that features group resources. Take a look at the materials and then set a time for your group to gather in January so you can wish each other a happy new year and kick the year off envisioning what you’d like to achieve in your advocacy in 2013. Or, if you are an advocate on your own, grab a copy of the Individual Planning Form and be part of the process as well. What an inspiring way to begin a brand new year! Questions? Contact Lisa Marchal, Global Grassroots Associate.

(Still need to do some reporting for 2012? Use our 2012 Lobby Report Form for congressional meetings and our 2012 Benchmark Report Form for all other advocacy activities.) 

3. Take a look at the January 2013 action sheet, designed to help you land face-to-face meetings with your members of Congress early in the year. We know that face-to-face meetings between constituents and members of Congress are game-changers when it comes to effective advocacy. Do you have a new representative or senator? Never met face-to-face with your legislators? This is the year to make those meetings happen. Let us help!

What Other Support is Available as You Begin in 2013?

Start now to make this your best advocacy year yet.  We can help with informative calls and events, including a website tour and a training call to help you learn more about your member of Congress.

  1. First RESULTS Introductory Call of 2013: Wednesday, January 9, 9 pm ET. Please RSVP for the call so we can welcome you. Dial-in number: (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.
  2. First RESULTS Free Agents Call for Global Poverty Advocates: Monday, January 14, 8 pm ET. (Bumped from normal date due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.) If you live in a town where there’s no global poverty advocacy group, join the call. You’ll get the support and encouragement you need for your advocacy. Dial (218) 486-1611, passcode 7378587 (RESULTS).
  3. Helpful Call to Aid You in Navigating our Website Better: January 7, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Website Training. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262 to join. Inform and improve your advocacy using the RESULTS website! This training will provide you a guided tour of the RESULTS website focusing on key areas that will help you get educated on our issues, trained in effective advocacy techniques, and into action on ending poverty. For the training, please be in front of your computer with internet access. For questions and to RSVP for the call, contact Jos Linn, Senior Associate for US Poverty Campaigns. 
  4. Great Call to Help You Learn About Your Legislators: January 15, 9 pm ET: Researching Your Member of Congress. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Have a new member of Congress? Want to learn more about your existing member of Congress? Join veteran advocate and regional coordinator Allison Gallaher for an informative call that will help you make the most of your advocacy year but giving you some top research tips and tools. 
  5. RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC: July 20–23, 2013. Dr. Muhammad Yunus and author/activist Marianne Williamson are already set to join us. Mark your calendar now!

You can always find great calls and activities in the Upcoming Events section (in the sidebar) of this update.

Blog, Tweet, and Facebook: RESULTS is Everywhere!

Remember in the new year to be part of all the RESULTS buzz through social media. We have our own blog, we’re on Facebook (RESULTSEdFund), and we tweet (@RESULTS_Tweets)!  Comment, retweet, and share with those you know!  

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.” 
-Goran Persson 

1. January 7, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Website Training. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Inform and improve your advocacy using the RESULTS website! This training will provide you a guided tour of the RESULTS website focusing on key areas that will help you get educated on our issues, trained in effective advocacy techniques, and into action on ending poverty. For the training, please be in front of your computer with internet access. For questions and to RSVP for the call, contact Jos Linn, Senior Associate for US Poverty Campaigns.  

2. January 9, 9 pm ET. First RESULTS Introductory Call of 2013. Please RSVP for the call so we can welcome you. Dial-in number: (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.

3. January 12, 2 pm ET. RESULTS National Grassroots Conference Call for Global Poverty Campaigns featuring Dr. Jeffrey Sachs. Dial (888) 409-6709 to join.

4. January 14, 8 pm ET: RESULTS Free Agents call for global poverty advocates. (218) 486-1611, passcode 7378587 (RESULTS). Are you a RESULTS activist with our global poverty campaigns, living in a town with no RESULTS group?  You are alone no more! Contact Lisa Marchal for more information on this monthly group call.

5. January 15, 9 pm ET: Researching Your Member of Congress. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Have a new member of Congress? Want to learn more about your existing member of Congress? Join veteran advocate and regional coordinator Allison Gallaher for an informative call that will help you make the most of your advocacy year but giving you some top research tips and tools.  

6. July 20–23, 2013: RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Muhammad Yunus and author/speaker Marianne Williamson are already set to join us. Mark your calendar now!

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