URGENT Call to Action – 7/15/20 — Webinar Recording & Presentation Slides
We are at a time of urgency—if we do not get the Senate to add $20 Billion for global support to the next COVID relief package before the August recess, we will lose the opportunity to do so. The impact of this will reverberate worldwide—-without global funding we will not get ahead of this pandemic and therefore none of us will be spared the health and economic fallout. We stand to lose 10-20 years of progress on issues of poverty:
- The World Bank estimates that 70 million people will be driven into extreme poverty.
- The current generation of students is at risk of losing $10 Trillion in earnings over time due to pandemic-related school closures.
- Disruptions to health services could cause an additional 6.3 million cases of tuberculosis and an additional 1.4 million TB deaths between 2020 and 2025.
- The number of people facing hunger is estimated to double to 265 million by the end of 2020.
We are calling on all Dining for Women members and advocates to take at least one action. We must insist that Congress include a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic before they leave Washington in August. It’s easy to do with all of the resources available HERE. PLEASE ACT NOW!
Call to Action – 6/17/20 — Recording and Presentation Slides
Unless we take decisive steps, we stand to lose decades of progress made in the reduction of global poverty. Some sources are even beginning to consider the terrifying possibility that we may return to the times of the Millennium Development Goals of 2000. Without action, COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on low-income nations. The disruption of health services for mothers and children is already happening. Food and drug supply chains have been interrupted which means that essentials are either unavailable or too expensive for most to consider.
Our June 17 advocacy webinar detailed the challenges we face and steps you can take to push Congress to take action. Below are the resources for taking critical action to ensure that the Senate knows that constituents expect a global response to the global COVID pandemic.
Steps for taking action:
- Look up the staff and phone number for your Senator here. Find the Legislative Director (LD), and if available, the Foreign Policy aide. Directing your comments to a specific person within the senator’s office is helpful. Contact Ken Patterson if you need help finding staff.
- Use the EPIC Laser Talk below to call and email both your Senators’ Legislative Director and Foreign Policy aides. Form their email address with this formula: firstname_lastname@SenatorLastName.senate.gov
- Follow up until you get an answer. Persistence makes all the difference here. Staff are busy and although it seems counterintuitive, they actually appreciate your help in staying on top of your request.
- Let Leslye Heilig know you’ve taken action. You can copy me on any emails you send as an easy means to do this.
EPIC Laser Talk: Senate COVID-19 Response
This is your outline for making a request. Get comfortable with it, use your own words, and don’t worry if you don’t get it exactly as written. It’s more important that you be comfortable and engage your listener, set out the issue and solution, and then make your ask. If you don’t get the person you wish to speak with initially, consider this as practice for the next time and give the person on the phone an abbreviated version. And if your listener asks for information you don’t have , tell them you will find out and get back to them with it.
Engage: According to a survey by the US Global Leadership Coalition, Americans agree that the U.S. should have a global response to the global COVID pandemic.
Problem: In low-income countries, COVID-19 is disrupting health services, drug and food supplies, education, and economies. Projections are that the secondary impacts of COVID could set us back 5-10 years on hard-fought progress made on global poverty and diseases.
Inform About the Solution: Additional resources and support from the U.S. could help us protect progress on fighting poverty and avoid extensive human suffering.
Call to Action: Will the Senator please speak to Senate leadership, calling on them for a global response to the COVID pandemic in the next emergency bill of at least $12-20 billion for development assistance, including specifically:
- $4 billion over 2 years for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
- Increased funding for Gavi, the Vaccines Alliance
- $2 billion for hunger/famine relief with $500 million to address child nutrition and wasting.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Find a copy of the letter here. Read it, download it, send a copy to Senate offices.
- 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.
- 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.
- See if your Senators have already signed on to the Dear Colleague letter here.
- 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.
- If you have questions or need support, contact Leslye Heilig at: firstname.lastname@example.org.