Global Weekly Update July 12, 2010


July 12, 2010

ACTION: Critical Support Needed for the Global Fund — Help Us Today to Create a Breakthrough!

Ask your representative to sign a letter to Obama urging him to make a three-year pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) initiated a letter to the president asking him to make a three-year commitment for fiscal years (FY) 2012, 2013, and 2014 of $6 billion to the Global Fund.

Our goal is 100 signers! Take action today — it closes this week. Share this link with your community.

What the U.S. does can make or break the replenishment. This fall, international donors will gather to make three-year funding commitments as part of the Global Fund’s replenishment process. As the founding contributor and largest donor to the Global Fund, a strong pledge from the U.S. will help leverage additional contributions from other donor countries. Historically, every $1 from the U.S. has been matched by $2 from other sources. Other donors are looking to the U.S. for cues on their commitments. What message will President Obama send?

We are continuing our work to increase FY11 funding for the Global Fund above what the president requested, but it’s a difficult time to find millions, let alone billions. But this letter could be a breakthrough: if the president makes the pledge, he would then include significant funding for the Global Fund in his FY 2012–14 budget requests.

We will send out an update soon with current signers. The list will also be published on our appropriations page.

ACTION: Extra Time to Urge Senators to Sign the Senate World Bank Letter!

Great news! You’ve done such amazing work getting cosponsors for the Senate letter to the World Bank on microfinance, the Senate offices are willing to leave the letter open longer so that they can keep collecting signatures! The December 2008 World Bank letter from the Senate had 20 signers — you surpassed that number already this year with 30! And remember: RESULTS is the only group working on this letter!

The letter will close this Wednesday, July 14. Tell your senators to contact Amber Sechrist in Sen. Bennett’s office or Nida Shakir in Sen. Durbin’s office to sign on.

Click here to take this action today! Share this action with members of your community!

30 Current Signers: Bingaman (D-NM), Cardin (D-MD), Enzi (R-WY), Levin (D-MI), Merkley (D-OR), Bayh (D-IN), Bennet (D-CO), Bennett (R-UT), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (D-OH),Burr (R-NC), Burris (D-IL), Cantwell (D-WA), Dodd (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL),Ensign (R-NV), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN), Hagan (D-NC), Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Leahy (D-VT), Lieberman (I-CT), Mikulski (D-MD),Murkowski (R-AK), Murray (D-WA), Nelson, B. (D-NE), Sanders (I-VT), Udall, M. (D-CO), Wyden (D-OR),

2008 signers not on the current letter: Nelson (D-FL), Menendez (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (D-SD), Isakson (R-GA),

Signers of 2010 WB Letter on Microfinance Who Did Not Sign the 2008 Letter (Congratulations!): Hagan (D-NC), Murkowski (R-AK), Dodd (D-CT), Lieberman (D-CT), Burris (D-IL), Bayh (D-IN), Klobuchar (D-MN), Ensign (R-NV), Merkley (D-OR), Wyden (D-OR), Leahy (D-VT).

Vote for Your New Grassroots Board Member!

Three candidates have been nominated for the Grassroots Board Member position, and they need your vote!

Learn more about who is running and how you can cast your vote. Voting ends September 1.

Interesting Updates and News — In Case You Missed It!

Update on Appropriations

The House Foreign Operations Subcommitee of Appropriations marked up (voted on) their appropriations bill (foreign aid spending bill). Read our blog for an update.

Give Us Your IC Feedback!

Please Fill out our new 2010 IC survey! Sending in your comments via this survey will enable us to capture them in an organized manner and help us plan for 2011.

Fill out your IC Lobby Report Forms

If possible, please fill out the online lobby report form rather than the paper version.

If you can only fill out the paper version, please mail or fax (202-783-2818) to the RESULTS office, ATTN: Jen Maurer.

Group Reporting through June.

Work with your RCs to shore up you group’s reporting through June of this year. Fill out our form to help you plan.

Watch TED lecture by Sam Daley Harris, founder of RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campaign.

It’s titled “Purpose, Poverty, Pitfalls, and Redemption.” Watch it on Watch it on YouTube.

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

August Congressional Recesses: House: 8/2 to 9/10; Senate: 8/16 to 9/10

September 17-19: National Outreach for all groups around Stand Up Against Poverty weekend.

September 20–22: Media push for UN MDG Summit.

August and December: ACTION/TB mini-grants available for World AIDS Day events (World AIDS Day is December 1).

October or November: Media training for TB Controllers and grassroots activists. We’ll bring a small group of activists together in October or November for some hard-hitting media training.

September–November: Developing US TB Patient Advocates. 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–December: Fall Fundraising.

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