Global Weekly Update September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011

Another Job Well Done for Global Health

We have received word that 18 members of the Senate signed a letter circulated by Senator Gillibrand of New York, urging the Senate Appropriations leadership to consider funding PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the president’s budget request level for FY12.

Here is the list of the final signers to the letter: Gillibrand, Akaka, Begich, Bingaman, Boxer, Coons, Cardin, Durbin, Feinstein, Lautenberg, Landrieu, Merkley, Mikulski, Sanders, Schumer, Udall, Whitehouse, Wyden.

Beyond this list, several senators (both Democrats and Republicans) sent individual letters to the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee voicing their support as well. Thank you to each and every one of you who reached out to senators to make this list happen. It will make an impact on the Senate appropriations process that is upon us. Every move we can make is vital as we draw increased attention to how critical is it to support robust global health funding.

To that end, save the date for September 26! On that day, grassroots activists across the U.S. will mobilize for a national call-in day. Members of RESULTS, Save the Children, Bread for the World, ONE, Oxfam, CARE, and many others will join forces to ensure that the phones of their representatives and senators are ringing all day with a single, unified message: protect funding for life-saving, poverty-focused foreign assistance. Stay tuned for full details.

The Education for All Act is Gaining Momentum

We now have 34 cosponsors for the House Education for All Act of 2011! This means we are one-third of the way to our October 1 goal of 100 cosponsors.

We can do this.

Check out the list of cosponsors and contact your representative by writing or calling if you haven’t already. You can also write your local paper about the power of education to save and to change lives.

We are currently working toward a goal of landing 70 letters to the editor (one per RESULTS global group), 12 op-eds, and 12 editorials. As of September 12, we’ve gotten at least four letters to the editor, three op-eds and one editorial published, and we know the list is growing. Let’s keep going! If you need support materials, you’ll find a wealth of information on our Education for All campaign’s Take Action page.

Current list of cosponsors: Blumenauer, Capuano, Carson, Castor, Connolly, Conyers, Ellison, Filner, Garamendi, Heinrich, Hinchey, Holt, Honda, Jackson, Jr., Johnson, Lee, Lewis, Lofgren, Lujan, McDermott, McGovern, McNerney, Moore, Moran, Napolitano, Olver, Reichert, Richardson, Schakowsky, Serrano, Smith, Stark, Woolsey, Yarmuth.

Informative Webinar on Wednesday Highlighting TB’s Effect on Children

Join ACTION Research Associate Mandy Slutsker on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 pm ET as she reviews ACTION’s new brief Children and Tuberculosis: Exposing A Hidden Epidemic. Mandy will provide in-depth analysis of the latest research concerning TB’s effect on children.

What is the nature of pediatric TB? How can it be prevented? What are the challenges? How can YOU take action? Find out by joining the webinar about this exciting report launch.

To join the meeting from your computer or mobile device, click or copy and paste this URL into your browser: To join the audio portion of this meeting, dial (800) 741-4032. Then, when prompted, enter room number 796141.

SAVE THE DATE: RESULTS International Conference will be July 21–24, 2012, in DC

The date is set! We can’t wait to see you here! Next year the RESULTS IC will coincide with the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC and this presents some amazing opportunities for activism. Read RESULTS/REF Executive Director Joanne Carter’s remarks on the how RESULTS activists can leverage the 2012 conference to build political momentum for ending AIDS. World AIDS Day on December 1 is the official kick-off for a bigger mobilization for next year’s conference. Here’s how you can participate in your community:

  • Plan an outreach event to build HIV/AIDS awareness in your community with local AIDS groups. Use this World AIDS Day resource page and fact sheet to help you plan.
  • Apply for a World AIDS Day Minigrant. REF offers grassroots groups the opportunity to apply for funding through a grant application process. These grants are awarded for community advocacy activities such as large outreach events, film screenings, and media stunts that promote TB and TB-HIV advocacy. The grants range up to $5000 and must be administered by a current RESULTS partner. Applications are available now and will be reviewed starting Sept. 12. The deadline for applications is Oct. 31.

RESULTS is On the Move.

RESULTS will be moving offices at the end of the month. Our new address, effective October 4 is:

RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, 1730 Rhode Island Ave, NW, 4th Floor, Washington DC 20036

No change to phone numbers; new fax number to be updated soon. Thanks for your patience as we transition September 30 through October 3.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

— Mahatma Gandhi

September 26: RESULTS Introductory Call. Register today!

(UPDATED DATES) September 29 and October 13: Two-session RESULTS New Activist Orientation, 9 pm ET. (712) 432-3100, passcode 7612622

October 8: Global Conference Call. 2:00 pm ET. (888) 409-6709

October 12: RESULTS Introductory Call. Register today!

November 12: Global Conference Call. 2:00 pm ET. (888) 409-6709

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