Global Weekly Update July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

ACTION: Global Fund Letter — More Signers and More Time!

We now have 58 signers on the Rep. Barbara Lee letter to the president urging a 3-year, $6 billion commitment to the Global Fund as part of the Global Health Initiative.

But with 100 signers, we will catch the attention of the White House.

Thanks to all your hard work these past two weeks, Rep. Lee’s office wants to keep this letter open this week to collect additional signatures.

Critical: please review the list of representatives who have expressed support for the Global Fund in past, but who have yet to sign on to this current letter. This list would include those who either signed the Oct. 2009 budget letter to President Obama, or a March 20, 2010, appropriations letter. If your representative is on this list below, but not yet on the current letter, urge their support for the current effort and remain persistent until you get a yes or no answer from them.

Remember — a multi-year pledge from the U.S. could leverage billions more from other donors. Historically every $1 from the U.S. is matched with $2 from other donors. Review our Action Alert for additional talking points and guidance on how to make this request.

Current Signers: Baldwin (D-WI), Brown (D-FL), Butterfield (D-NC), Capps (D-CA), Capuano (D-MA), Castor (D-FL), Clarke (D-NY), Clay (D-MO), Conyers (D-MI), Cummings (D-MD), Davis (D-IL), Davis (D-CA), Delahunt (D-MA), DeLauro (D-CT), Doggett D-TX), Engel (D-NY), Farr (D-CA), Filner (D-CA), Frank (D-MA), Green (D-TX), Grijalva (D-AZ), Hastings (D-FL), Holt (D-NJ), Honda (D-CA), Jackson Jr. (D-IL), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Johnson (D-TX), Johnson (D-GA), Larsen (D-WA), Lee (D-CA), Lewis (D-GA), Lofgren (D-CA), Maloney (D-NY), McDermott (D-WA), McGovern (D-MA), Meeks (D-NJ), Miller (D-NC), Miller (D-CA), Moore (D-KS), Moore (D-WI), Norton (D-DC), Oberstar (D-MN), Payne (D-NJ), Price (D-NC), Quigley (D-IL), Richardson (D-CA), Rush (D-NJ), Ryan (D-OH), Schakowsky (D-IL), Sires (D-NJ), Smith (D-WA), Stark (D-CA), Towns (D-NY), Van Hollen (D-MD), Waters (D-CA), Watson (D-CA), Watt (D-NC), Woolsey (D-CA).

Representatives who are Global Fund supporters but are not yet on the current letter: Becerra (D-CA), Berkley (D-NV), Berman (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Bordallo (D-GU), Carnahan (D-MO), Carson (D-IN), Carter (R-TX), Christensen (D-VI), Cleaver (D-MO), Connolly (D-VA), Dicks (D-WA), Edwards (D-MD), Ellison (D-MN), Fattah (D-PA), Fudge (D-OH), Grayson (D-FL), Green (D-TX), Gutierrez (D-IL), Hall (D-NY), Hare (D-IL), Hinchey (D-NY), Inglis (R-SC), Inslee (D-WA), Kildee (D-MI), Kilpatrick (D-AZ), Levin (D-MI), Loebsack (D-IA), McNerney (D-CA), Moran (D-VA), Nadler (D-NY), Napolitano (D-CA), Rangel (D-NY), Rothman (D-NJ), Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Sanchez (D-CA), Sanchez (D-CA), Schiff (D-CA), Scott (D-VA), Serrano (D-NY), Shea Porter (D-NH), Shuler (D-NC), Thompson (D-MS), Velázquez (D-NY), Waxman (D-CA), Weiner (D-NY), Welch (D-VT), Wolf (R-VA), Wu (D-OR), Young (R-AK).

Review our full Congressional scorecard for all the actions and what they signed.

Congratulations! 1/3 of the Senate Signed the July 2010 Letter to the World Bank!

Your amazing efforts got 33 senators to sign a letter to the World Bank (pdf) to the World Bank urging the Bank to take action on a set of initiatives to support microfinance for the very poor in Africa. The letter was initiated by Sens. Bennett (R-UT), Durbin (D-IL), and Enzi (R-WY). RESULTS is the only group that worked on this letter — so to get 1/3 to sign is quite an achievement! We’ll be following up to see how the World Bank responds and will provide updates as we receive them. Please make sure to thank your senators and their staff!

Signers (33): Bennett (R-UT), Durbin (D-IL), Enzi (R-WY), Sanders (I-VT), Murray (D-WA), Dodd (D-CT), Leahy (D-VT), Bayh (D-IN), Levin (D-MI), Brown (D-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Klobuchar (D-MN), Lieberman (I-CT), Wyden (D-OR), Feinstein (D-CA), Ensign (R-NV), Mikulski (D-MD), Merkley (D-OR), Cantwell (D-WA), Murkowski (R-AK), Bingaman (D-NM), Hagan (D-NC), Burris (D-IL), Burr (R-NC),  Udall (D-CO), Franken (D-MN), Nelson, B. (D-NE), Boxer (D-CA), Bennet (D-CO), Hatch (R-UT), Udall (D-NM), Baucus (D-MT), Cornyn (R-TX).

Call NOW to Get a Meeting with Your Rep. and Sen. in August!

Congress is getting ready to go on summer recess next month: the House will be out of session from August 2 through September 10 and the Senate will be out August 16 through 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.

Interesting Updates and News — In Case You Missed It!

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. Also check out International Conference page for transcripts and other resources from the conference.

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 (scroll down the page for links).

Washington State event on foreign aid!

U.S. Senators Cantwell (D-WA) and Murray (D-WA) reached out to Global Washington seeking input on strengthening U.S. foreign assistance, fresh perspectives on global development issues, and examples of successful development partnerships within Washington State. Read more about it on our blog.

“Here I Am Campaign” to Support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria

In October 2010, the Third Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will take place. The “Here I Am Campaign” hopes to increase political support from donor countries by bringing human stories from the field closer and demonstrating the impacts of the Global Fund on the ground.The personal stories of people are told in a few lines, and supported by images of themselves. The images will feature the person, preferably in his/her own surroundings, and a few lines narrating their personal story — on how their lives have changed with the services/treatments provided by the Global Fund and demonstrating the impacts of the Global Fund on personal lives. Also check out the Living Proof website from the Gates Foundation for great stories and examples of success.

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 YouTube.

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.

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 U.S. 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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