Global Weekly Update September 1, 2014


September 1, 2014

Top action: Generate Support to Vaccinate 300 Million Children

Our goal: To get the United States to pledge $1 billion over four years at the Gavi replenishment conference in January of 2015. The U.S. pledge will support Gavi in raising $7.5 billion to vaccinating 300 million children from 2016 through 2020, saving over 5 million lives.

Got 2 minutes? Use our online action to ask your representative to cosponsor House Resolution 688 in support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. If your representative is already a cosponsor, thank him/her and ask them to invite other representatives to cosponsor.

Got 10 minutes? Call your representative's office and ask to speak to the foreign policy aide. Ask that your representative please cosponsor House Resolution 688 in support of Gavi's effort to save millions of children's lives using vaccinations. If your representative is already a cosponsor, thank him/her and ask them to invite other representatives to cosponsor. You can call your representative's office through the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, or you can look up your representative's direct contact information here.

Got 20 minutes? Use our September Action Sheet to write a letter to the editor on the power of vaccinations. The action sheet contains everything you need, including a sample letter. You can find contact information for your local media outlets here.

Need to know more about our Gavi campaign? Check out our resource page.

The Perfect Storm for Building Healthy Groups and Powerful Advocates

We have organized the Gavi vaccination campaign to do great things in the world and build more powerful group's and advocates between now and January. Take advantage of the extra support RESULTS is providing:

Media Support

  • We have organized two media trainings in September– one in Houston, one in Seattle. We will cover the costs of sending RESULTS group members or Free Agents to the trainings. Even if you are not attending one of the trainings, you can receive media support. Contact Allison Gallagher to learn more about media training and  support opportunities. 
  • Check out our Gavi media toolkit, which Includes a new editorial packet, action sheet, messaging, and how-to-generate-media tips.

Community building Support

  • Build your local action network so that more people take action and understand their personal power. Contact Lisa Marchal for training and support.
  • Develop relationships with influential, "grasstops" people in your community. Contact Teresa Rugg for training and support.
  • Organizing community outreach meeting using our outreach guide.

Take Note of These Dates!

September 10, 9pm ET: First Introduction to RESULTS call of September. Want to offer someone an opportunity to learn more about RESULTS? Encourage them to sign up for the Introduction to RESULTS calls that happen twice each month–the second Wednesday at 9 PM ET, and the final Friday at 1 PM ET.

September 13, 2:00 pm ET: Global National Conference Call. Get together with your group and/or community members and help us map out a strategy to get United States to pledge $1 billion to Gavi in January. We need your creative thinking. Guest speaker: Orin Levin of the Gates Foundation (to be confirmed). Dial (888) 409-6709 and ask for the RESULTS call.

September 17, 9 pm ET. Growing Your RESULTS Group Support Call. Dial in to (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.

September 19, 9 pm ET. Building and Maintaining Your Action Network. Dial in to (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Learn how to cultivate people who have shown interest in RESULTS and your group. On this 30-minute call, get some quick tips on how to engage these visitors to become more deeply enrolled in the work of RESULTS!

October 11, 2 PM ET. International Conference Call, Webinar, and Outreach Event on Gavi. Join our international partners from the UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Korea, Kenya to understand the role we will play together in helping Gavi mobilize $7.5 billion to vaccinate 300 million children and say over 5 million lives.

Grassroots News & Resources

Awesome Activist Feature Article. Check out this fantastic write up on RESULTS activists on the Global Poverty Project's blog. The partnership profile highlights our work on the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) pledge, and features activists Willie Dickerson of Snohomish, WA; Ken and Linda Schatz of Tampa, FL; Anne Child of Austin, TX; and Debbie Baskin of Salt Lake City UT. It also includes photos of many other activists. Congratulations to those featured in the article! The article is a tribute to everyone's fantastic advocacy on GPE, and the importance of working in partnership.

How are we doing on face-to-face meetings? We set a goal for 2014 of meeting with all of the 199 representatives and one third of the 72 senators recovered through RESULTS chapters and Free Agents. Check out this new blog post by Anne Child updating us on our progress. We have done good work, But we have much to do before the end of the year. Check out upcoming recess opportunities in the blog.

We need your help with these new expansion targets. 

  • Arizona. A RESULTS group building event is happening in Tucson on September 11 at the University of Arizona, 6:00-7:30 pm, and a group start/advocacy workshop will be happening in Phoenix on September 13, 2:30-4:30 pm. Contact Amanda Beals if you have contacts in AZ.
  • New York. A group start meeting & advocacy workshop has been planned for September 22 in Brooklyn. Contact Carol Huston if you have contacts in NYC. 
  • Georgia. Efforts are under way to start a group at the University of Georgia in Athens on September 24, and rebuild the Atlanta group in September. Contact Amanda Beals if you have contacts in GA. 
  • Kansas. Initial group start efforts will take place in Kansas City and Topeka on September 17, and Wichita and Lawrence on September 18. Contact Amanda Beals if you have contacts in KS. 
  • Alabama. Initial group start efforts will take place in Auburn on September 23. Contact Amanda Beals if you have contacts in AL. 
  • Wisconsin. A group start/advocacy workshop will happen in Madison, WI on October 4 from 9 am to 12 pm in Union South on the University of Wisconsin campus. Contact Ken Patterson with contacts you have in WI.

Become a Regional Coordinator. Regional Coordinators are the backbone of the RESULTS grassroots support structure that make us so powerful and effective. If you are ready for a leadership experience empowers other people and changes the world, consider applying to become a Regional Coordinator.

How Do I Tweet? Use this online tutorial to get started.

How Do I Join the RESULTS Listserv? The RESULTS listserv is a place to get updates directly from and dialogue directly with other activists. You can sign up by sending an e-mail to [email protected] with "subscribe" in the subject line.

Fundraising made easy. Still looking for a great way to fundraise for RESULTS/REF before the year ends? We have some great Friends and Family Campaigns already set up on our new online platform you can register with and use immediately!  Online fundraising is an easy and efficient way to raise funds for RESULTS and often times you can target your efforts around milestones or events in your own lives that would be of interest to others.  Check out our brand new pages:

If you need help setting up your page, or have questions about best practices for online fundraising, contact Jen DeFranco at [email protected]

Microcredit Summit this month! Check out all the exciting details about the 17th annual Microcredit Summit happening in Mexico.

“Every year I hear her say, ‘If only this vaccine had been available a few years earlier — I would be celebrating my daughter’s birthday instead of mourning her death.’”

– Evelyn Kibuchi of KANCO in Kenya, sharing a friend’s story with a member of Congress

September 10, 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.

September 13, 2 pm ET. RESULTS National Conference Call for Global Campaigns. Learn the latest on RESULTS' work to end poverty globally. Call (888) 409-6709 a few minutes before 2 pm ET to join activists from all over the country! If you cannot make the call, we post audio files and PowerPoint presentations on our conference call recording webpage.

September 15, 8 pm ET. RESULTS Free Agents Call for Global Poverty Advocates. Dial (267) 507-0370, 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.

September 17, 9 pm ET. Growing Your RESULTS Group Support Call. Dial in to (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262.

September 19, 9 pm ET. Building and Maintaining Your Action Network. Dial in to (712) 432-3100, passcode 761262. Time spent cultivating folks who have shown interest in RESULTS and your group is time invested well. On this 30-minute call, get some quick tips on how to engage these visitors to become more deeply enrolled in the work of RESULTS!

September 26, 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.

October 11, 2 PM ET. International Conference Call, Webinar, and Outreach Event on Gavi. Join our international partners from the UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Korea, Kenya to understand the role we will play together in helping Gavi mobilize $7.5 billion to vaccinate 300 million children and say over 5 million lives.

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