Global Weekly Update February 16, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | February 16, 2015
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and co-author of A Path Appears, graciously spent about 45 minutes with a boatload of RESULTS listeners and advocates this past Saturday – a truly sweet Valentine's Day gift! – and both challenged and inspired us with his thoughts and comments. Did you miss the event, or would you like to share it with others? Check out the recording and transcript.
Then don't forget to follow up with the guests who gathered with you for the webinar! Invite them to your next meeting, invite them to an upcoming RESULTS Introductory Call, invite them to take action, and/or invite them to the International Conference in July! You put in the work to gather guests; let them know there are great opportunities to come that will empower them to truly make a difference!
Advocacy 101 Tonight at 9 pm ET!
The most effective strategy to influence policymakers is face-to-face visits between local constituents and members of Congress. The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) asked congressional staff what kinds of contact make the biggest impact on members of Congress, especially when they have not made up their mind on an issue. Respondents overwhelmingly said that in-person visits from constituents made the biggest difference – 97 percent for visits to DC offices and 94 percent for visits to district offices – more influential than paid lobbyists!
This training will overview the basics on how to secure an in-district lobby meeting and make sure the meeting is a success. To join online meeting: http://fuze.me/27334614.
Encore presentation of this training: Wednesday, February 18 at 1 pm ET.
Use the February Action Sheet to make your appropriations requests – if possible, face-to-face! Individual one-pagers on each of our requests are available as well, and the springtime will bring a few short recess opportunities during which these meetings could happen back in home states and districts. So now's the perfect time to book face-to-face meetings with the legislators. We know that the Appropriations Committee in the House will begin is work on requests on March 25, and the Senate will begin March 30. This means the time to get our requests to our individual members of Congress is right now.
Check out some helpful hints on how to secure that face-to-face meeting you're looking for, or read up on some of the latest findings on how to most effectively message our appropriations requests, using language that will open up the conversation rather than unintentionally erect barriers.
If you'd like to talk about your particular member(s) of Congress, which appropriations requests might be most pertinent, and how to deal with the request form the office gives you. Contact Crickett Nicovich, Senior Policy Associate, to book at time either Feb. 18 (6-8 pm ET) or Feb. 19 (3-5 pm ET).
Could You Be a REAL Change Fellow?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 28? Do you wonder why 2.4 billion people live on less than $2 per day worldwide and why one in five children are at risk of going to bed hungry tonight in our own country? Then you might be the perfect candidate for a spot as a REAL Change Fellow.
Check out the qualifications and expectations of a REAL Change Fellow and consider applying. Learn how to become a change-maker who fights poverty at home and abroad. We're looking for you!
Stay tuned for information on an experiential opportunity that could enhance your outreach and/or media work, shining a bit more light on the realities of extreme poverty in a way that invests hands, minds, and hearts. Intrigued? Read up a bit on the challenge online.
February 17, 9 pm ET. Advocacy 101: How to Have an Effective District Lobby Meeting. To join online meeting: http://fuze.me/27334614. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595 and enter the meeting ID when prompted: 27334614.
February 18, 1 pm ET. (Encore) Advocacy 101: How to Have an Effective District Lobby Meeting. To join online meeting: http://fuze.me/27334614. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595 and enter the meeting ID when prompted: 27334614.
February 22, 11 am local time/CT. RESULTS Baton Rouge (Global Campaigns) Interest Meeting and Group Start. Barnes and Noble on LSU Campus, 2 Union Square. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
February 23, 6 pm local time/CT. RESULTS New Orleans (Global Campaigns) Group Start. Fair Grinds, 3133 Ponce de Leon. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
February 24, 2 pm local time/CT. RESULTS Huntsville (Global Campaigns) Interest Meeting. First Christian Church, 3209 Whitesburg Drive. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
February 25, 5:30 pm local time/CT. RESULTS Tuscaloosa (Global Campaigns) Interest Meeting. Starbucks at University of Alabama, 1000 McCorvey Drive, U of A-Ferguson Center. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
March 11, 6 pm local time/MT. RESULTS Tucson (Global Campaigns) group start. Fronimo's Greek Cafe, 3242 East Speedway Boulevard. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
March 16, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents Call for Global Poverty Advocates. Dial (605) 475-6777, passcode 7378587. 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, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for more information on this monthly group call.
July 18-21. RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. Registration is open.
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Quote of the Week
“Let’s recognize that success in life is a reflection not only of enterprise and willpower but also of chance and early upbringing, and that compassion isn’t a sign of weakness but a mark of civilization.” ― Nicholas D. Kristof