Global Weekly Update May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

This Saturday: Sarah Brown to Speak on May 10 Global National Conference Call

We are excited to announce that the guest speaker on our May 10 Global National Conference Call is Sarah Brown, co-founder of A World At School and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. We are thrilled to have Ms. Brown join us to share the critical work that she is doing to galvanize the international community toward achieving education for all. Through her role at A World At School, she is spearheading the 500-Day Countdown for Global Education Campaign, bringing together partners from around the world and across sectors to ensure that we reach the second Millennium Development Goal on universal access to primary education and that every child is in school and learning. With the Global Partnership for Education's pledging conference quickly approaching in June, this will be a key moment as the international community gears up for a final push to the end of 2015, and also the best opportunity to create momentum for post-2015 and the work yet to come. The call will be at the usual time of 2 pm ET on Saturday, May 10. Dial (888) 409-6709 a few minutes before the start time and settle in for a great hour! Come with questions for Ms. Brown.

Top Actions: Global Partnership for Education Letter and More Media

1. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 21! Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has initiated a letter to President Obama, open for signatures until May 21, asking for a U.S. pledge of $250 million over two years to the Global Partnership for Education. The Obama Administration will decide on the role the U.S. at this June’s Global Partership for Education (GPE) pledging conference, but Congress is using its voice now to urge the Administration to make an ambitious pledge. Use the April action sheet to write your representative(s) about signing this important letter. In 2012, we secured 59 signers on a similar letter, but the U.S. contribution to GPE has remained weak. We need 100 signers on the 2014 letter to send a clear message to the President, and we're a quarter of the way there. Can we reach 60 signers by the end of the week? Watch your progress on our website!

2. More Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Media. Have you seen our latest GPE media toolkit? Utilize it as we keep pushing for the 25 editorials, 30 op-eds, and 150 letters to the editor we're seeking in advance of the June GPE replenishment conference! So far, you've generated at least 3 editorials and columns, 2 feature articles, 6 op-eds, and 21 letters to the editor. Keep going! Check out our blog for inspiration, as it features YOUR media! Ask Lisa Marchal or Ken Patterson about our upcoming media tour with Selamawit Bekele of Ethiopia to develop a relationship with your editor.

3. Outreach Opportunity: Girl Rising. If you would like to plan an Education for All outreach meeting, RESULTS has access to a limited number of DVD copies of the important global education film Girl Rising. Request your copy from Lisa Marchal while supplies last.

More Resources!

For more inspiration . . . why we're doing what we're doing . . . why it's the right and smart thing . . . read the latest blogpost on reasons why support for GPE is imperative! We're up to Reason #6: "The Global Partnership is Taking Innovative Steps to Enhance Performance." Find a collection of our support resources on our website.

International Conference: Top Tips to Help You Prepare 

1. NEWEST GUEST SPEAKERS TO BE ADDED! Are you a fan of GooniesRudy, or the The Lord of the Rings trilogy? Actor Sean Astin, featured in all, will be at the conference! Astin has launched Vox Populi, a civic engagement radio show available online that premiered season 2 on May 1 with a feature on RESULTS! Also, former Prime Minister of Australia and current chair of the Global Partnership for Education board, Julia Gillard, will be speaking on our global education panel at the IC. This is an acknowledgement of the key role you are playing in the GPE pledging conference.

2. Lodging. The group rate for the conference hotel ends May 17! 

3. Preparation Checklist! Want to get ready for the conference? Can't attend this year but want to be part of the action from home? This checklist is what you need!

4. Ask One Person. Someone introduced you to RESULTS. That someone made a difference for us. To whom do you want to offer the same opportunity? Friends? Family? People in your local action network? There are many people who would benefit from attending the International Conference. The conference is a great crash course on the issues behind extreme poverty as well as the basics of citizen engagement. Think about who you haven't invited and encourage them to come to Washington.

Here is one way to make an invitation: 

"My involvement with RESULTS has been a total gift to me. I’ve tapped into power I never knew I had, and instead of complaining about problems, I’m actually doing something about them. I know that what I'm doing is really saving and improving lives. I feel I owe it to people like you to offer you the same gift that someone gave me by telling you about RESULTS. And one of the best ways to fully experience what RESULTS has to offer is to come to the International Conference in Washington this summer. Can I give you some more details on my experience and from our website?"

5. Lobby Day on the Hill is Tuesday, June 24.  Lobby Day at the International Conference is Tuesday, June 24, and it is the culmination of the International Conference. If more than one member of your group is coming to the International Conference, work together to secure face-to-face meetings for that day with your representative(s) and senators. Coming with others from your state? Get in touch with your fellow advocate attendees and work together to secure face-to-face meetings for that day with your senators. Coming solo or for the first time? Get in touch with Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for assistance with your Lobby Day bookings. And check out our best advice on securing a meeting. Can't attend the conference this year? Why not secure a face-to-face during August recess or make plans to dial via conference call into meetings being held by your fellow advocates on Tuesday, June 24?

Grassroots News You Can Use

1. Reports of All Sorts. We're almost into the middle of the year, and we need to keep track of all of your phenomenal advocacy work. Take 20 minutes to update your lobbying reporting and your reporting of all your other advocacy actions this year (media, outreach, etc.). Reporting now means an accurate picture of our accomplishments later!

2. Be an Everyday Fundraising Hero! Grab some friends and run/walk any distance to earn an Everyday Hero Medal with RESULTS. We'll be doing an actual run/walk in D.C. at our International Conference in our superhero capes, but you can participate in our virtual event anywhere, any time you want! Register for $25 to benefit RESULTS Educational Fund. Not going to the IC? This can be a fun event to do at home! (Check it out on Facebook, too!) Gather your allies and take a walk/run/bike ride around your favorite route! Medals will be mailed out the first week of July. Register officially online!

3. Want to Try a Blog Guest Spot? Have a great advocacy success story? Learned some lobbying lessons you want to share? We invite YOU to consider being a guest blogger! Contact Lisa Marchal about what it would take to shape your story into a blogpost for the RESULTS blog. 

"[T]ogether we can make sure every child has the right start in life, the best chance of good health and schooling and the chance to reach his or her potential."

—Sarah Brown

(For a complete calendar, see our website.)

1. Next House and Senate Recesses of 2014: Senate is on recess Memorial Day week. Schedule face-to-face meetings.

2. May 10, 2 pm ET. RESULTS National Grassroots Conference Call for Global Campaigns. The call will feature Ms. Sarah Brown, co-founder of A World At School and wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Join the call at (888) 409-6709.

3. May 12, 8 pm ET. "Winning 'Em Over: Gaining Buy-in From Your Member of Congress and Staff." This training call, led by RESULTS volunteer and professional coach Sunil Bhaskaran, will offer a fresh perspective on selling your advocacy message more effectively through the building of trust, social proof, and authority over time. You may join via phone only (no PowerPoint) or via your computer (using a microphone headset and being able to view the PowerPoint). To join, visit The phone number is (425) 440-5100, pin code 539904#.

4. May 14, 9 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. Heard of RESULTS and want to know more? Join us for this 30-minute introductory call. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262 to join.

5. May 19, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents Call for Global Poverty Advocates. Dial (218) 486-1611, passcode 7378587 (RESULTS). 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.

6. May 20, 8 pm ET. Monthly Media Support Call. Dial (712) 775-7300, passcode 954747. Get great tips, encouragement, and support from fellow advocates so that you can achieve powerful, effective media work.

7. May 30, 1 pm ET. RESULTS Introductory Call. Heard of RESULTS and want to know more? Join us for this 30-minute introductory call. Contact us with any questions and RSVP for the call. Dial (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262 to join.

8. June 21-24. 2014 RESULTS International Conference in Washington, D.C.

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