Global Weekly Update November 23, 2015: Thank You!
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | November 23, 2015
We've made amazing progress in the world on child survival, AIDS and other diseases of poverty, giving more kids a quality education, and financial inclusion for the poorest. Much of the progress made is due to advocates like you finding time in your busy days and weekends to learn about the issues, and doing things that most people would never dream of doing–speaking with your members of Congress, developing relationships with editors, and holding community gatherings where you offer other people the opportunity to become powerful change makers. You are so unique. We are thankful for you and we cherish this great partnership between volunteers, staff, donors, and international partners. Happy Thanksgiving.
The Reach Act, H.R. 3706 in the House, and S.1911 in the Senate, will guide us in ending preventable maternal and child deaths by 2035, if we can get it passed. So far in the House we have 18 Republican and 20 Democrat cosponsors. Our goal is to secure 100 cosponsors, with a balance of Republicans and Democrats, by the end of the year. Find a list of current cosponsors here. In the Senate we have 3 Republicans and 3 Democrat cosponsors. Our goal is to have 35 cosponsors by the end of the year. We believe that if we hit these goals, that the committees with whom the bills reside will be inspired to start working toward passing the Reach Act. Here's how you can take action to help us reach our goals:
5 minutes: Use our online action to ask your representative and senators to cosponsor the Reach Act. Personalize your note, letting them know that there is strong bipartisan support for the Reach Act and that when children are in trouble, we must help them. If your members of Congress are already cosponsors, ask them to bring more Republicans on to the bills.
10 minutes: Make a call to your representative and senators and ask them to cosponsor the Reach Act using our laser talk. Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to get to their offices. If you don't know who they are, look them up here.
20-60 minutes: Write a holiday letter to the editor or oped using our new November-December Action Sheet or our online action. The holidays are a great time to call on people to reflect and take action via the media. In order to meet our goal of generating media in all 50 states we still need media in CO, GA, HI, ID, IA, KY, LA, MA, NV, NH, ND, OK, OR, VT, WY, WI. Can you help us get a state?
Longtime volunteer and donor Peter Fiekowsky has put forward a challenge match for Grassroots Fundraising this month. If we can collectively raise over $25,000 through Friends & Family campaigns from Nov 1-Nov 30, Peter will contribute an additional $10,000 to RESULTS. Join him in raising the funds RESULTS’ needs to power its work by the end of the year.
TAKE ACTION. Take twenty minutes to help us meet our $100,000 goal through our simple Friends & Family Campaigns! Here are the three easy steps to get you started. (If you have questions, please contact Jen DeFranco or Jerusa Contee for assistance.)
1. Set a goal for the amount you want to raise.
2. Create your own Friends and Family Fundraising page. Online resources can be found on the website to help make your planning of your friends and family fundraising page easier to manage. Here are the options available:
Of course, if you prefer to do a letter campaign we can help you do that too.
3. Invite your friends and family to donate to RESULTS through your page or mailed in.
Bring the entire RESULTS family together for the December 12 Global Webinar/Call. Our special guest will be you, our RESULTS volunteers. We'll have special shares from new groups and volunteers, some data on what we've accomplished, and a look at 2016. It will be fun, entertaining, and inspiring. Information on how to join is below in the Upcoming Events section. If you want your group's work to be counted in our numbers, catch up on your group reporting on outreach, media, and meetings with members of Congress here:
December 12, 2 pm ET. National Grassroots Webinar (Global Campaigns). Login information: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. To join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
December 14, 8 pm ET. Are you a RESULTS activist with our global poverty campaigns, living in a town with no RESULTS group? You are alone no more! To join, go to http://fuze.me/27781074 or (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 27781074. Contact Lisa Marchal, Senior Global Grassroots Associate, for more information on this monthly gathering.
June 25-28. RESULTS 2016 International Conference.
Resources at Your Fingertips
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report Your 2015 Advocacy
2015 Global Congressional Scorecard (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)
Who Are the New(est) Members of Congress? (scroll down page)
Quote of the Week
"An advocate is the muscle of hope. Absent advocacy hope lays dormant, fades and dies. Advocacy gives it shape, voice, direction and potential.
– Chris Cuddihy, RESULTS Denver Group Leader