Global Weekly Update March 2, 2015
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | March 2, 2015
Use the February-March Action Sheet to make your appropriations requests – if possible, face-to-face! Individual one-pagers on each of our requests are available as well, and the springtime will bring a few short recess opportunities during which these meetings could happen back in home states and districts. So now's the perfect time to book face-to-face meetings with the legislators. We know that the Appropriations Committee in the House will begin is work on requests on March 25, and the Senate will begin March 30. This means the time to get our requests to our individual members of Congress is right now before we move on to the next phase of asking for congressional support for our requests through the tool of sign-on letters.
Hot off the press: A new laser talk to help you make your requests.
Check out some helpful hints on how to secure that face-to-face meeting you're looking for. Find your legislators through our website, or contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, if you have questions on how to reach a new incoming legislator.
And remember . . . as we say in RESULTS, the meeting didn't happen until follow-up happens. So don't forget to follow up on your requests!
Gather your fellow advocates for the March National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns) focusing on appropriations and featuring Representative Barbara Lee (TX-13) at 2 pm ET on Saturday, March 14. To join, log into https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/27964074 or, for a phone option, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 27964074#.
RESULTS, Two Dollar Challenge, and Oxfam USA are teaming up for the Two Dollar Challenge the week of April 6-10. The Two Dollar Challenge is an attempt to put us a bit closer in touch with what it feels like to live with seriously restrained resources, as do over 2.2 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 per day. We know that we will never understand completely, but a simulation like this could help us and others bridge the “empathy gap” that Nick Kristof, co-author of A Path Appears talked about in his recent webinar with us.
This week, we will be finalizing a guide for the Two Dollar Challenge that will includes a schedule, some reading and discussion ideas, and some ideas for engaging people around you. To give you a sense of what the challenge itself might look at, check out some of the options. This is a great way to engage individuals and community groups in experience, dialogue, and action.
And mark your calendar:
Grassroots Grab Bag: News You Need to Know!
1. What Are Your Plans in July? Why not put DC in your calendar? You can register for the 2015 International Conference today – it will just take a few minutes!
2. World TB Day is Approaching. Every year, on March 24, the world marks World TB Day, to mobilize political and social commitment for faster progress towards eliminating TB. Each year there are 9 million new TB cases and TB causes the death of nearly 1.5 million people. Of the 9 million annual cases, 3.3 million people were either not diagnosed, not treated, or officially not registered by national TB programs. Many of those missed will either die, follow some unknown treatment but most will continue to infect others. Major efforts are needed to close this gap! We urgently need community-based and patient –friendly approaches to TB in order to reach all of those who need TB services. How will this day be marked in your community? Your department of public health may have events you can attend. There will be news stories that will give opportunities for letters to the editor. And on the evening of March 24 there will be a webcast of an event where TB champions will be recognized. You can tune in that day to watch the moving speeches and more at www.ghdnews.com.
3. Follow the Funding. On January 26-27, 2015, world leaders stepped up in a big way for child health! Together they committed $7.539 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, an international organization supporting the world's poorest countries to expand access to childhood vaccines. With these funds, Gavi estimates 300 million additional children will be vaccinated from 2016-2020, saving up to 6 million lives. Above all, leaders are now accountable to the children they have promised to save. ACTION's tracker details the ambition of the pledging countries and sets the stage to track pledge delivery. Check it out!
4. Why Report Your Advocacy? Over 300 pieces of media, almost 450 congressional meetings, 42 states with advocates hard at work . . . that's what's happening with our grassroots working on our global campaigns. That's YOU making a difference. And we wouldn't have a grasp of that impact were it not for the task of reporting. Report your 2015 advocacy with these (streamlined and relatively painless) updated reporting sheets:
March 10, 1 pm ET. Two Dollar Challenge Tutorial. Ask questions about the Challenge and get them answered. To join, log onto http://fuze.me/28100430 or for a phone option, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 28100430#.
March 11, 6 pm local time/MT. RESULTS Tucson (Global Campaigns) group start. Fronimo's Greek Cafe, 3242 East Speedway Boulevard. Contact Amanda Beals, Grassroots Expansion Manager, for more information.
March 14, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns) featuring Representative Barbara Lee (TX-13). To join, log onto https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/27964074 or, for a phone option, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 27964074#.
March 16, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents Call for Global Poverty Advocates. Dial (605) 475-6777, passcode 7378587. Are you a RESULTS activist with our global poverty campaigns, living in a town with no RESULTS group? You are alone no more! Contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for more information on this monthly group call.
March 16 at 8 pm ET. Repeat of Two Dollar Challenge Tutorial. To join, log onto http://fuze.me/28100430 or, for a phone option dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 28100430#.
March 18, 8 pm ET. Media Training: Using Letters to the Editor and Op-eds to Make a Difference. Join RESULTS for a training and discussion on how you can generate letters to the editor and op-eds to influence Congress and your community on issues of poverty. We’ll discuss best practices for writing your media pieces and how to increase your chances of getting published. Come to learn and share your experiences in using the media to influence lawmakers. To join the meeting, go to: http://fuze.me/28074102. To join by phone, dial (201) 479-4595 and enter meeting ID 28074102. For questions, contact Jos Linn.
March 24. World TB Day.
July 18-21. RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. Registration is open, and soon there will be news of support to help you invite and recruit others to attend!
Resources at Your Fingertips
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Report Your 2015 Advocacy
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