Global Weekly Update July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010

Schedule Your August Recess Meetings Today!

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.

Take Action: Generate Media on the Global Fund’s Replishment Meeting This Fall

Write an LTE!

The July/August action sheet (Word) is focused on writing a letter to the editor (LTE) on the need for the U.S. to support the funding replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Take this action today and share it with your friends and community.

Get editorials published!

We also have this editoral packet available that you can share with your local paper’s editor to explain the issue to them and give them the resources so they can write their own editorial.

Congratulations on the Global Fund Letter!

Congratulations! Your hard work over the last three weeks led to 96 representatives signing the Rep. Barbara Lee letter to the president urging a three-year, $6 billion commitment to the Global Fund as part of the Global Health Initiative! So many signers means that the White House will pay attention to this letter. Remember to thank your rep — maybe during an in-district meeting this August!

Signers (96): Baldwin (D-WI), Berman (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Bordallo (D-GU), C. Brown (D-FL), Butterfield (D-NC), Capps (D-CA), Capuano (D-MA), Carnahan  (D-MO), Carson (D-IN), Castor (D-FL), Christensen (D-VI), Clarke (D-NY), Clay (D-MO), Cleaver (D-MO), Conyers (D-MI), Cummings (D-MD), D. Davis (D-IL), S. Davis (D-CA), DeGette (D-CO), Delahunt (D-MA), DeLauro (D-CT), Doggett (D-TX), D. Edwards (D-MD), Ellison (D-MN), Engel (D-NY), Eshoo (D-CA), Farr (D-CA), Fattah (D-PA), Filner (D-CA), Frank (D-MA), Fudge (D-OH), Grayson (R-FL), A. Green (D-TX), G. Green (D-TX), Grijalva (D-AZ), Hare (D-IL), A. Hastings (D-FL), Himes (R-CT), Hinchey (D-NY), Holt (D-NJ), Honda (D-CA), Jackson Jr. (D-IL), Jackson-Lee (D-TX), E.B. Johnson (D-TX), H. Johnson (D-GA), Kildee (D-MI), Kilpatrick (D-MI), Larsen (D-WA), Lee (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), Lofgren (D-CA), Maloney (D-NY), E. Markey (D-MA), McDermott (D-WA), McGovern (D-MA), McNerney (D-CA), Meeks (D-NJ), B. Miller (D-NC),  George Miller (D-CA), D. Moore (D-KS), G. Moore (D-WI), Moran (D-VA), Napolitano (D-CA), Norton (D-DC), Oberstar (D-MN), Olver (D-MA), Pastor (D-AZ), Payne (D-NJ), D. Price (D-NC), Quigley (D-IL), Richardson (D-CA), Rothman (D-NJ), Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Rush (D-NJ),  T. Ryan (D-OH),  Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Sarbanes (D-MD), Schakowsky (D-IL), Serrano (D-NY), Shea-Porter (D-NH), Shuler (D-NC), Sires (D-NJ), A. Smith (D-WA), Speier (D-CA), Stark (D-CA), B. Thompson (R-MS), Towns (D-NY), Van Hollen (D-MD), Waters (D-CA), Watson (D-CA), Watt (D-NC), Waxman (D-CA), Woolsey (D-CA), Wu (D-OR).


Stand Up, Take Action Weekend Is on the Way! September 17–19, 2010

Stand Up, Take Action: Make Noise for the MDGs is a worldwide awareness and action-taking weekend for the end of poverty. Individuals and groups all over the world choose to create and take part in a variety of different community events — Stand Up events — every year to make their voices heard and move the planet that much closer to putting poverty in the history books.

This year, Stand Up weekend will happen right before the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in September. This year’s theme is the achievement of the MDGs.

We believe that continuing to work toward the achievement of the MDGs by 2015 is critical for a dignified, hopeful future. Even though we struggle to see the kind of progress toward the achievement of the MDGs that we ought to be seeing, the MDGs remain a sound, inspiring roadmap for our way ahead in eradicating poverty.

Your Stand Up, Take Action: Make Noise for the MDGs! Global National Outreach Weekend Planning Guide is available to help your plan your group’s event is now available. Consider “standing up” this September to grow your group, fundraise for RESULTS, and/or raise your voice for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals!

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

Special guests: Winstone Zulu, Zambia TB-HIV activist; and Dr. Daniel Carucci, Vice President for Global Health for the UN Foundation

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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