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Current Call to Action – 5/13/20  Recording and presentation slides

 

Our focus was on the impacts COVID-19 is already having on women and children living in resource-poor communities, and the fact that Congress has not factored in ANY global aid in the newest US emergency response to the pandemic.

Without advocacy from constituents like you, Congress will not take action for global aid. We call on you to raise your voices and highlight this issue in the media. Please write a letter to the editor noting this omission by the House of Representatives and calling on the Senate to fix it.  As we demonstrated on the webinar, it is extreeemely easy to submit a letter to the editor via the RESULTS website here. We suggest that you personalize the sample message—why does aiding women and girls globally mean so much to you—and then hit send. That’s it!

 

BONUS ACTION:

Call on your Senator to correct the House omission of international development assistance. Modify this sample letter and send it to the Legislative Director and Foreign Policy Aide for your Senators. You can find that information here (look under the “Staff” tab for your Senators once you put in your contact information). Create their email address using their name like this: firstname_lastname@SenatorLastName.senate.gov.

 

If you need any assistance with taking these actions, please email:

Leslye Heilig, Advocacy Committee Chair at advocacy@diningforwomen.org
Ken Paterson, RESULTS Director, Grassroots Impact at kpatterson@results.com

 

Call to Action – 4/15/20  Recording and presentation slides

 

On our April webinar, we learned that:

  • Any of us can get letters to the editor published as long as we know the secret formula: Write, Submit, Repeat. That’s it!
  • We also learned that media influences our elected officials.
  • We need to ensure that the most at-risk populations in low income nations are not left out of the US COVID response.

 

Take Action

Personalize the draft letter to the editor below and submit it here via the RESULTS website. Once you enter your letter in the editable “Message Body” and add your address, the RESULTS media tool will find media outlets in your area automatically. Hit Send. Easy!

 

Draft Letter to the Editor (150 words)

The risks we all face right now are only further magnified for people in poverty or people with limited health services. 

In low-income nations, essential health services for malaria, vaccinations, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis are already being compromised. So even if at-risk populations don’t contract COVID-19, they could suffer or die because a lack of access to other essential services.   

Representative ______ and Senators _______ and _______ must ensure that, in addition to our domestic response, Phase 4 of the US COVID-19 response includes support for programs on the front lines in low-income nations. Organizations like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance have leapt into action, but will need additional support. 

If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s that we live in a connected world and that what happens “over there” in other nations is our concern. Let’s support our neighbors everywhere.

 

Please let Leslye Heilig (drleslye@me.com) or me (kpatterson@results.org) know if you need help. Also, let us know when you’ve sent your letter.

 

Bonus Action 

Ask your Rep. to sign on to the bipartisan letter calling for an additional $1 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria for the COVID-19 response. Use this online action to make the request. The letter closes on Wednesday, April 22.

 

Call to Action – 3/19/20  Recording and presentation slides

 

On our March webinar, we looked at the incredible impact that U.S. investments in maternal & child health, immunizations, and nutrition have on the lives of women, girls, and children. But these investments do not happen without advocacy.

 

Take Action

Contact your Senators’ offices and ask them to sign on to the Maternal & Child Health, Gavi, and Nutrition Dear Colleague letter. Here’s what you need:

  1. Find a copy of the letter here. Read it, download it, send a copy to Senate offices.
  2. Look up your Senators here, click on the “staff” tab above their photo, find the Legislative Director and/or the aide who works on foreign policy or international affairs.
  3. Using the message below as your guideline, send an email request to Senate staff. You can create their email addresses by using this formula: firstname_lastname@SenatorLastName.senate.gov. Example: John_Henry@McConnell.senate.gov.
  4. See if your Senators have already signed on to the Dear Colleague letter here.
  5. If you do not get a response within a couple of days, make a phone call to the staff members you emailed, and make the same request using the sample message below as a guide. You can find the phone number here or call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach any office.
  6. If you have questions or need support, contact Leslye Heilig at: drleslye@me.com.

 

SEE SAMPLE MESSAGE FOR SENATE STAFF

 

TAKE AN ADDED ACTION ONLINE HERE

 

 

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