RESULTS Global Weekly Update August 31, 2009

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RESULTS Global Weekly Update


August 31, 2009

I am also struck by every international public
-
opinion poll I’ve ever seen, that the number one thing
most men and women want is a good job with a good income. It is at the core of the human aspiration to
be a
ble to support oneself, to give one’s children a better future. Microenterprise is uniquely designed to
empower women because


through the trial and error of its development, going back to Muhammad
Yunus’ invention of it in Bangladesh


women are much gre
ater at investing in future goods than the
men who have participated in microcredit have turned out to be. And they are also very reliable in
paying back, because they are so eager to have that extra help and recognition that microcredit provides.


So, I d
on’t make a distinction between economic empowerment and political, social empowerment; I
think it’s fair to say both need to go hand in hand.



Secretary of State Clinton,
NY Time
s Magazine, 23 August 2009
.

Media Actions and Opportunities



Take Action: Media push on education and new education editorial packet.

Grassroots Building and Media



RESULTS National Outreach Event on October 17. Paul Farmer to speak!



Training Call This We
dnesday Night! Forming Your Inviting Team and Setting Your Inviting
Targets for the National Outreach Meeting



Additional National Outreach Event training/prep calls happening during September


Grassroots Fundraising Update



Friends & Family Campaign coming

soon, as well as lots of fall fundraising activity.



Upcoming Events



Shout Outs and High Fives

Media Actions & Opportunities

Great hook for generating media on global education!
Recently, Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke to
reporters calling on G8 leaders

to create a Global Fund for Education. Archbishop Tutu had signed a
letter directed at the leaders of the G8 nations urging them to establish a Global Fund for Education prior
to the G8 summit. Joining him in signing this letter were fellow Nobel Peace Pr
ize laureate Muhammad
Yunus and former president of Ireland and noted human rights champion Mary Robinson.



By coincidence, all three signers of the letter were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on
August 12!


As some of the most eminent voices in

social justice today, their leadership helps underline
the need to provide every child with the chance to go to school. Here are the actions:



Contact your editorial writers now!

We have a
new editorial packet

that outlines this new
angle. You can also refer to th
e
transcript of the

Tutu call
, as well as
a press release

and a copy
of a letter signed by Tu
tu, Muhammad Yunus, and Mary Robinson

-

the former president of
Ireland. Tell your editors that your local group is joining the world's moral leaders in demanding
that every child receives access to basic education. Another local angle is that kids are so
on
going back to school in our communities, but for many there will never be a first day of school.
Contact Blair Hinderliter (
bhinderliter@results.org
) with questions.




Engage your soccer community.

The International Soccer Association (FIFA), the world soccer
governing body and organizer of the World Cup, is working with the Global Campaign for
Education to get all kids in school! Engage your community here:
http://www
.join1goal.org/

As we finish August, we’ll continue our push for a Global Fund for Education using this recent story as
a news hook for letters to the editor. Use the
August Action sheet

to support your group. EVERYONE
can write a letter to the editor reacting to the Presidenti
al Medal story with the additional information
you have about the three leaders calling on President Obama and the G8 to create a Global Fund for
Education.


We've set a goal for

every group

to generate
at least one piece

of media on education.

So far, 33
groups
of our 71 have published pieces:

1)

Central

NJ
: LTE;
2)

Delaware Valley,

NJ
: two op
-
eds;
3)

Bloomington,

IN
: op
-
ed;
4)

Ft. Wayne,

IN
: LTE;
5)

Miami,
FL
: 2 LTEs;
6)

Sitka,

AK
: 2 LTEs;
7)

Austin,
TX
, 2 LTEs
;
8)

Atlanta,

GA
: blog on Open Salon, oped;
9
) Tacoma,

WA
: LTE;
10)

Seattle,

WA
: Online, high
-
level blog;
11) Anne Arbor,

MI
: LTE;
12) Albuquerque,

NM
: op
-
ed & LTE;
13)
Wichita,

KS
: LTE;
14) San Diego,

CA
: Online op
-
ed;
15) Vashon,

WA
: LTE;
16) Denver,

CO
: LTE;
17) Dallas,

TX
:
LTE;
18) Rockwall,

TX
:
LTE;
19) St. Louis,

MO
: LTE,
editorial
;
20) North Chicago,

IL
: op
-
ed;

21) Boston,
MA
: LTE;
22) Thousand Oaks,

CA
: 3 LTEs, op
-
ed, article;
23) Oakland,

CA
:
On
-
line op
-
ed;
24) New York,

NY
: op
-
ed;
25) Asheville,

NC
: op
-
ed;
26) Chapel Hill,

NC
: LTE;
27) San
Jose,

CA
: 2 op
-
eds;
28) Tampa,

FL
: op
-
ed;
29) Contra Costa,

CA
: 2 op
-
eds, LTE;
30) Salt Lake City,

UT
: editorial;
31) Hillsboro,

OR
: editorial;
32) PG County,

MD
: LTE; 33) Ashland, OR: LTE.


What about your group? We need more of you. We w
ill be circulating media clips to the State
Department, Administration, and members of Congress to help generate support for a Global Fund for
Education. If you haven't already, please submit any clips you've generated to Blair Hinderliter
(
bhinderliter@results.org
).


Legislative Update

Top Priority: August is Congressional Recess


Final week to
get face
-
to
-
face meetings with your
members of Congress
.

The House adjourned (August 3
-
Sept. 4) and so has the Senate (August 10
-
Sept.
7). If you haven't met with your Rep. in the past four months or your Senato
rs in the past nine months,
it's time to meet with them. Requests to make:



Foreign Aid:

The House Foreign Affairs Committee
has been

drafting foreign aid reform
legislation during
the
August

recess

and the Committee may introduce a new Foreign Assistance
A
ct (to replace the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961)

this fall
. They have
released
a concept paper
to
outline their approach to
the

legislation, which includes reducing poverty as the overall
purpose of foreign assistance.
RESULTS has provided comments dire
ctly to the Committee, and
prepared an analysis for activists with members on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Share
our recommendations for foreign aid reform with your Representative and Senators and ask them
to speak Foreign Affairs and Foreign Rela
tions leadership about including them.
Find more on
our foreign aid reform campaign

here

or
contact John Fawcett

for more information



Yunus Gold Medal Bill:

Ask your members to cosponsor H.R.2000, the House version of the
bill to award Yunus the Congressional Gold Medal. The Senate version (S.846) is cosponsored
by over two
-
thirds of the Sena
te, so now we have to focus on the House (290 are needed).



Appropriations:

Ask your senators to support any amendments to increase funding for TB,
microfinance, and the Global Fund to Fight AID, TB, and Malaria when the Foreign Operations
spending bill go
es to the floor. Review the updated appropriations chart
here
.

Grassroots Building & Action

October 17 National Outreach Event: Paul
Farmer to headline!

We are inviting all groups
to grow on October 17. Concept: Have a
national speaker to draw people to your
outreach event on October 17, and to use the
time b
etween now and then to prepare for the
event. Details:



In September your RCs and grassroots
staff will work with you to assess your
community, create an inviting team,
invite people, organize your outreach
meeting agenda, practice speaking
powerfully, make

a plan for follow up
with new people, We want to help you
grow your group!




September 2: National Outreach
Meeting preparation training call


Forming Your Inviting Team and
Setting Your Inviting Targets.
Come
join us, get excited, and hit the ground
runn
ing on your inviting for this great
day. Call at 9:00 p.m. ET to (712) 432
-
3100, passcode 761262.




October 17 is the International Day for
the Eradication of Poverty and will be
our only national conference call in
RES
ULTS Online!

International Conference Photos Available!
Some
great photos from the IC are now available to us, thanks
to Lesley Reed and photographer Rebecca Sullivan.


Click
here

to share and enjoy!



New Website is Up and Running.
There is still
updating to do, but you can get a look at things by going
to our regular
www.results.org

address. Let the
webmaster know if something isn't working properly:
webmaster@results.org
.



RESULTS Online!

RESULTS is now on Twitter!
Follow us
at
twitter.com/RESULTS_Tweets
! We're also
on several outlets on Facebook. You can join the
RESULTS

group

and

fan pages

for major
announcements and discussion boards, add RESULTS
as a cause to help raise funds and awareness of what we
do.



Support RESULTS Bloggers and Comment Online.

We have at le
ast two activists who are blogging
regularly. Support them and our issues by making their
blogs popular. You can do this by reading them,
following them, and making comments. Check out
Larry Donohue

and
Steve Valk
. You can also support
on line media by commenting and rating pieces that our
activ
ists generate. It's also easy to post articles we
generate to Facebook by clicking on the "share" icons
available on most sites.

Important Dates

See the

calendar on our website

for other dates.

October.
(We will not have the normal
Oct
ober 10 call.)

Paul Farmer will talk
about the incredible advocacy
movement that has been required to
make headway against AIDS, TB, and
malaria and challenge us to change the
future. Watch a video of him in “
I
Believe in Healthcare as a Human
Right
.”

Have You Voted?


If you received a ballot,
you are eligible to cast your vote for the open
RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund
grassroots board member position. Voting ends
September 1, 2009. Contact Cyn
thia Stancil
(
cstancil@results.org
) if you have questions.




Need Your Group Reporting.

We are
compiling grassroots efforts and achievement
so far for 2009. Please updat
e your group's
achievements via our
on
-
line reporting
.


S
ee
what your group has reported

so far here. RCs
will be following up with groups who are
behind in their reporting.



Faith in Action Resources.

New August newsletter/bulletin inserts!



Keep up the Momentum for Health
Reform



Now is the Time for Access to
Education!

More on
Faith in Action


Fundraising Support & Updates

Shout Outs and High Fives!


Friends and Family Campaign coming soon!

Thanks to all of you who made last year's
Friends and Family Campaign a huge success!
Keep your eyes peeled for updated informa
tion
on our new website about our Friends and
Family Campaign Fall 2009. We'll have new
support docs and resources for you and your


September 2: National Outreach Meeting
preparation training call


Forming Your Inviting
Team and Setting Your Inviting Targets.
Come join
us, get excited, and hit the ground running on your
i
nviting for this great day. Call at 9:00 p.m. ET to (712)
432

3100, passcode 761262.




September 12: Global National Conference Call.

Theme of call will be on inspiring others to create a
movement in preparation for our October 17 National
Outreach Event
. Call in at (888) 409
-
6709.


September 17: Training Call on Planning Your
Powerful Agenda/Logistics for the National
Outreach Meeting
, 9 pm ET,
(712) 432
-
3100,
passcode 761262
. Topic to be covered: How can you
create a plan that will help you make your Na
tional
Outreach Meeting successful?

September 30: Training Call: Bringing in New
Activists from the National Outreach Meeting
, 9 pm
ET, (712) 432
-
3100, passcode 761262. Topic to be
covered: What will new folks find when they meet your
RESULTS group after t
he Oct. 17 National Outreach
Meeting?

October 17: National Outreach Event for all groups!



October
-
November New Activist Orientation.
This
session will be a repeat of the August
-
September
training and will take place October 26, November 2,
November 9, an
d November 16. To sign up, contact
Lisa Marchal (
lmarchal@results.org
).

Legislative Resources

The

2009 Global Campaign Summary

page

of our
website has all of the current information on our work
in 2009 include resources you ne
ed to make your
requests to your members of Congress. If you don't
know where to go for something, try there
.


Legislative links:

View the congressional scorecard
and bill fact sheets on the

Take Action

page of our
website and click on

RESULTS Legislation

for more
group!



Did you write a smoking hot letter last year for
our Friends and Family Campaign?


Please send it to Stacy Carkonen

so she can use
it in our campaign materials!



Upcoming Fall Events and House Parties
:

If you are considering holding a fundraising
event for RESULTS/REF please contact Stacy
Carkonen. Whether you are considering an
event big or small, support for your gr
oup is
always available!



Please call Stacy Carkonen for more
information:


(206) 715
-
4986 or
scarkonen@results.org
.



Upcoming Fundraising Events



Atlanta, GA:

Fa
ll

2009

Detroit, MI:

October 4 with RESULTS/REF
Board Member Marianne Williamson and
RESULTS/REF & Microcredit Summit founder
Sam Daley
-
Harris

Houston, TX:

October 16 with Joia
Mukherjee, Partners in Health, and Seeds of
Hope recipient Dr. Ana Malinow.

Sea
ttle, WA:

Fall

2009

San Jose, CA:

November 10 or 11 with Sam
Daley
-
Harris

Albuquerque, NM:

Fall 2009 with Joanne
Carter

Las Vegas, NV:

Fall 2009 with Joanne Carter

Miami, FL:

Fall 2009 with Joanne Carter

Salt Lake City
: Fall 2009 with Joanne Carter





info on bills we support. The

bill su
mmary
information

is still being migrated to our new site, so
please contact John Fawcett (
jfawcett@results.org
) or
Jen Maurer (
jmaurer@results.org
) if you need a handing
finding out where we are on each piece of legislation.



Take Action

link has many resources for your
powerhouse advocacy.


Check it out on our new
website!

Grassroots Resources

Group Reporting:

Report

your group's success and
ef
forts and

check out

progress.



RESULTS Recordings (
RESULTS Musings
):

Listen
to our conference and training calls. Download our
podcast

in iTunes
. Just do a "po
wersearch" for
RESULTS Musings.



Lobby reports:

Please fill out

RESULTS lobby report
forms

for all of your meetings with members of
Congress. Contact Jen Maurer (
jmaurer@re
sults.org
) or
Ken Patterson (
kpatterson@results.org
) for copies, and
send filled forms back to Jen and Ken.




Action Network:

Sign people up for the RESULTS
Action Network

to get

weekly updates

and other
actions; 1) input name and contact information, 2) select
issues of interest, 3) select "all" for the alerts you

want
to receive.



Faith in Action resources.

Great materials for working
with your faith community. Look for "FIA Action
Inserts"
-

action items

for you to take each month. Faith
communities are free to copy and paste them for use in
newsletters or bulletins.


Build RESULTS through new media:

If you are on any
of these sites, please join and invite others:

Facebook
Group
,

Facebook Cause
,

Razoo
. This basic 12
-
minute video about the work of RESULTS,
Everyday Heroes, can be found on

Google Video
.

International Conference 2009

Remember to send in your lobby report forms!

Contact Ken Patterson (
kpatterson@results.org
) or
Lisa Marchal (
lmarchal@results.org
) if you need a form.



Give us Feedback on the IC:
Your
feedback helps us make the conference better. Fill out
this

on
-
line
form.



Couldn't make it to the conference?

We're uploading photos,

blog reports

and

video

online. Check
back for updates!

Expa
nsion

Lisa Marchal is looking for contacts to start global groups in

Lexington (KY), Cincinnati (OH), and
Nashville (TN)
. Let her know who you know at

lmarchal@results.org
.



Eloise Sutherland is looking for leads in

Fort Worth, Texas
. Let her know if you know anyone there.
Reach Eloise at

nanawese@suddenlink.net
.

RESULTS Contact I
nformation

Main Office
: (p) (202) 783
-
7100 (f) (202) 783
-
2818 • results@results.org

Executive Director
: Joanne Carter, x109 or

carter@results.org

Chief Operating Officer
: Nic
k Arena, x105 or

narena@results.org

Main Office Global Legislative Staff
: John Fawcett, x107 or

jfawcett@results.org

• Jen Maurer, x130
or

jmaurer@results.org

Main Office Communications Staff
: Blair Hinderliter, x126 or

bhinderliter@results.org


Main Office Administrative/Bookkeeping Staff
: x103

Main Office Manager
: Cynthia Stancil, x115 or

cstancil@results.org

Grassroots Staff
: Ken Patterson (828) 398
-
4562 or

kpatterson@results.org

• Lisa
Marchal

lmarchal@results.org

Grassroots Fundraising Support
: Stacy Carkonen, (206) 715
-
4986 or

scarkonen@results.org


Monthly Conference Cal
l
-
In Number
: (888) 409
-
6709

Webmaster:
webmaster@results.org