Global Weekly Update July 6, 2010

July 6, 2010

Inspiring Joint Domestic-Global Conference Call this Saturday!

Please clear your calendars and join us for an inspiring conference call this Saturday. Global and domestic volunteers will come together to share highlights from this year’s International Conference! This call is a fantastic opportunity to invite new people to hear about the power of RESULTS citizen activists and get them excited to empower themselves by joining us as a new partner! Join us at 2:00 pm ET by calling in to (888) 409-6709.

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 committment for fiscal years (FY) 2012, 2013, and 2014 of $6 billion to the Global Fund.

Our goal is 100 signers! Click here to take action today. 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 committments. 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.

Check your inboxes and our blog later this week for an update on the House subcommittee mark-up of the FY11 appropriations bill.

Remember: Congress is on recess this week. Staffers in D.C. have more time to consider this request. Try to get a meeting with your member in the district or visit a town hall event where they will be speaking.

Appropriations background: Review our budget and appropriations backgrounder and then learn what the president requested for FY 2011 by visiting 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 21!

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

Congress is on recess this week. The letter will stay open until July 13 or 14.

Current signers (July 2): 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)

Signers of the December 2008 letter that are not on the current letter: Burr (R-NC), Nelson (D-FL), Menendez (D-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Johnson (D-SD), Isakson (R-GA), Hatch (R-UT).

Give Us Your IC Feedback!

Q: I have feedback on what I liked about the IC and what I think can be improved for next year. How can I let RESULTS know?

A: 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.

Q: IC Lobby Report Forms — What Do I Do?

A: 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.

July 10: Special Joint Global and Domestic Conference Call. 2:00 pm ET. Call in at (888) 409-6709.

July 11: Group Building Workshop in Ft. Worth, Texas. Do you know people in Ft. Worth? Contact Eloise at [email protected]

July 26–September 13: Congressional recess.

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

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