Global Weekly Update October 19, 2009

October 19, 2009

Haiti childrenTake Action Today! Ask Representatives to Support Funding for the Global Fund

On the heels of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and in anticipation of World AIDS Day, now is the perfect time to raise our voices and ask our members of Congress for robust funding of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2011. A sign-on letter is currently circulating in the House that calls on President Obama to provide leadership funding of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in the amount of at least $1.75 billion in FY11. Call your representatives today to ask for their signature.

Senate Passes the Yunus Gold Medal Bill! Focus Efforts on the House

Congratulations! On October 14, the Senate unanimously passed S.846, the Senate version of the bill to award Muhammad Yunus with congressional gold medal. We must now focus on securing House cosponsors. We&#rsquo;ve made great progress and have 100 cosponsors, but we need 290 total (two-thirds is needed before the bill can be considered) — a challenge RESULTS can meet. Read more on about the bill and how to take action today!

National Outreach Event Will Be Successful with Follow Up

Congratulations to everyone! At least 43 groups held Outreach-Stand Up events on October 17 and an additional 10+ groups are planning on using the Dr. Paul Farmer recording for outreach events in the coming several weeks. Great work, everyone! Let’s grow this movement! In order for your event to be truly successful, follow up is key. Read more about resources available and the important next steps to take to build momentum.

On October 20, Tell Congress on Health Reform: “It’s Time to Deliver!”

Take action on October 20 and urge Congress to strengthen Medicaid by securing full federal financing for the expansion, providing “traditional” Medicaid benefits to all those who gain coverage, expanding access by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, and not making our most vulnerable wait five years to get coverage through Medicaid. 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

— George Bernard Shaw (Irish literary critic, playwright, and essayist; winner of 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature)

October–December: Fall Fundraising Campaign. Goal: to raise $50,000

October–November: New Activist Orientation. Four sessions: October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16. To sign up, contact Lisa Marchal.

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

December 1: World AIDS Day

For details, visit our events calendar.

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