Global Weekly Update, January 11 2016
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of January 11, 2016
Quote of the Week
"American leadership in the 21st century is not a choice between ignoring the rest of the world…When we help African countries feed their people and care for the sick, that prevents the next pandemic from reaching our shores. Right now, we are on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and we have the capacity to accomplish the same thing with malaria."
— President Obama's State of the Union Speech on January 12, 2016
4 Most Important Actions to Take for a Powerful 2016
1. Report on 2015 by 1/15. If you want your group's work to be counted in our numbers, catch up on your group reporting on outreach, media, and meetings with members of Congress here:
Report on the Whole Month's Activity
2. Book Face-to-Face Meetings with Congress for January Recess (Week of January 18) or early in the year. Get top tips on how to book, or start the process right from our website.
3. Individual Planning Form for 2016. What Can YOU Dream Up? Start now to begin work on your 2016 Individual Planning Form. This first piece of the 2016 Group Planning process enables you, as a free agent or as part of a RESULTS group, to scheme first on what you'd like to learn, contribute, and accomplish in 2016.
4. Choose a Time in January to Do Group Planning. Find the group planning materials on our website. You will also find a link to the Global Grassroots Calendar, which will be updated on an ongoing basis. Please submit your completed group plans to your Regional Coordinator by January 31.
The Reach Act: Our Work is Cut Out for Us
We currently have 27 Republicans and 35 Democrats on H.R.3706, the House version of the Reach Act and about 14 Democrats waiting for Republican partners to join them in the cosponsorship dance (the bill sponsors are adding cosponsors in a party-balanced way). We need to get to 100 cosponsors with a balance of Republicans and Democrats by the end of the first quarter. We now have 10 consponsors on S.1911, the Senate version of the Reach Act!! We want to get to 25 by the end of the first quarter. We have generated over 200 pieces of media in 36 states on the Reach Act. We want to get media in all 50 states ASAP.
The Reach Act will guide us in ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035. Maternal and child health needs our energy and focus.
Here's how you can take action here at the start of a brand new year:
1. Call your representative about the Reach Act. Ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague.
2. Or write your senators! Ask Democrats to bring along a Republican colleague
3. Or even write your local paper! Then leverage your media to get your members of Congress to act.
Campaign Updates and Actions
Appropriations 2016 & 2017.
President Releases Plan on MDR-TB. In the state of the union you heard the President talk about how our investments in development assistance help keep us safer in the United States. In that spirit, the White House launced it Action Plan on MDR-TB. This is a great step forward in acknowleding the existing and coming threat of drug-resistant TB. Learn more about this in the blog post from RESULTS TB Advocacy Officer, David Bryden. It includes a video of the launch event on January 7, 2016.
Inspiration from Sam
Sam Inspires. Take some time to enjoy this playback of RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris' December 29 interview with Thom Hartmann on the Sustainable Development Goals. Enjoy this inspiring six-minute interview! Also check out his recent oped in the Miami Herald on participating in our democracy–it is fantastic! Let Ken Patterson know if you'd like to pitch it to your paper.
Group Building and Training
January National Webinar on Nutrition. Lawrence Haddad of the International Food Policy Research Institute was our guest and he was fabulous. There was also a brief 2016 campaign overview, 2 excellent Grassroots shares, and Group Planning info. Check out all of it here.
Researching Your Member of Congress Webinar. Regiona Coordinator, Allison Gallaher lead a fabulous webinar on Researching Your Member of Congress on January 12. Check out the recording here. You can find her written guide here. Check out this other short video developed by Nathaniel Erb on how to find out who your Reps. and Senators work with closely from the other party.
January 13, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. The perfect RESULTS primer. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call.
January 25, 8 pm ET. Free Agents. 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 gathering.
January 26, 9 pm ET. Champion Scale & Powermapping. Learn how to use the Champion Scale tool to get your member of Congress to do more, and find influential people in your community to help make the case for your members of Congress to take action using powermapping. Join at: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/31404402. Or dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 31404402
January 27, 9 pm ET. Webinar on Appropriations. How can we make a great case for U.S. funding for global development? What messages work best in our conversations with Congress? What are our global appropriations requests in 2016? Join us for an informative webinar to get these vital questions answered! Log into https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/31404402 or call (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 31404402 to join.
February 26-29. Intensive Media Training on TB and the Global Fund. Contact Ken Patterson or Colin Smith if you want to deeping your media skills and take on generating media.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
Resources at Your Fingertips
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Report Your 2015 Advocacy–We need final 2015 Tallies!
2015 & 2016 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)