Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 2014 Newsletter

RESULTS Austin Newsletter - August 2014





RESULTS volunteers of Austin celebrate a productive 1st half of the year.  We’ve generated a steady stream of media, met with members of congress face to face and have had success in urging them to take specific actions.  Both the U.S. and globally focused teams have built momentum and are helping to create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty
Pictured here are: Jim Comer, Cheyanda Onuoha and Sarah Yanes -- RESULTS Austin volunteers in DC.  With them are Myranda Laursen of San Antonio, and Akanksha Dutta, a health expert from India.



Commitment to the Global Partnership for Education
In May our Austin global team generated three pieces of media, supporting our education campaign.   We inspired an editorial ("Global education push needs U.S. help") and two letters-to-the-editor ("Support global education initiative" & "U.S. should back global schooling"), all printed in the Austin American Statesman.
With this media in hand, we asked our representatives to weigh in with the President on the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) - the only multilateral partnership focused exclusively on ensuring all children have access to a quality education. The GPE uses an innovative and effective model, bringing together civil society, private sector, donor governments and low-income countries to achieve the Education for All goals. It works by developing and funding high quality national education plans.
On June 10th we hit the jackpot when Congressman Michael McCaul agreed to send a letter to the President encouraging him to commit robust funding for the GPE.  Since McCaul is Chairman of Homeland Security his support proved to be especially helpful.
Within days GPE held their funding conference and the US pledged $40 million to the GPE for 2014, plus $50 million for 2015.  This was a significant increase over the $20 million the U.S. had contributed to GPE previously, but much less than the $250 million over two years RESULTS volunteers sought.

RESULTS Austin U.S. poverty team builds awareness on EITC
… in the media and with Congress
In 1975 Gerald Ford signed into law the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is designed to “make work pay,” and to move a family with a full-time low-income worker above the poverty line.
Only working taxpayers are eligible for the EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Studies consistently show that the two credits incentivize wage earners to earn more.  The more low-wage workers earn, the higher their tax credit and the more disposable income they have.  There are 1.2 million working Texans and 647,000 children who have been lifted out of poverty by the EITC and the CTC.  Nationally 15 million people were lifted out poverty in 2012. 
This spring, volunteer Anne McCulloch met with Congressman Roger Williams and explained how the EITC reduces poverty in two ways:  (1) by encouraging work and (2) by supplementing the wages of low-paid poor or near-poor workers.  In June Sarah Yanes journeyed to D.C. and met with members and their staff, educating them about the importance of the EITC.  In August new volunteer Glenn Ross met with Rep. Lamar Smith’s local staffer, Mike Asmus and discussed the EITC.
Glenn Ross got an excellent EITC letter printed in the Austin paper in July.  This builds on the successful media track record of the domestic team who got three letters about SNAP food assistance printed last fall (Alice, Gail, & Ginger’s letters).
Using media to educate the public and reaching out directly to educate elected representatives, the domestic RESULTS team is building support for strategies that directly address poverty in America.


Global Health:  Immunizations for All Children
Immunizing children worldwide is the most impactful and efficient strategy to promote global health, save lives and produce a significant economic gains. The GAVI Alliance’s mission is to increase access to immunization in poor countries. To achieve this, GAVI shapes the markets for vaccines by providing incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to invest in research and production.  This has cut the cost of vaccines up to 90%. GAVI is a partnership building upon the strengths of the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. RESULTS is campaigning to ensure strong support for GAVI at their upcoming replenishment conference in January 2015.
House Resolution 688, expressing support for GAVI was introduced in July. Representative Michael McCaul was an original cosponsor of the resolution and Representative Doggett has also become a cosponsor.  RESULTS Austin volunteers are working to sign up more cosponsors. We'll be reaching out to the community and generating media in order to move our Representatives and Senators to take action.  We invite you to join our campaign for a meaningful U.S. pledge to GAVI.

RESULTS Austin 2014 Benefit
Save the Date!
The evening of Saturday November 22, 2014
Pat Hayes Education Center
at  Dell Children's Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd.  Austin, TX
Keynote speaker:
former UN Assistant Secretary-General
Kul Gautam of Nepal
Seeds of Hope Honoree:
Dr. Coburn AllenPediatric Infectious Disease Physician
at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
&
Medical Director of My Life Speaks' medical clinic in Haiti

For more information or to get involved, contact Anne Child:
childanne@gmail.com; 512-919-9271
www.results.org
FLORIDA:  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  (Registration #CH33878/CH33887). 20113006692  20113006693  CHR.0010765  CHR.055275  CH009249  CHOO9325  01060798  448-446-5  448-448-1  22020  22021  051997  CO8872  C08873  CO-066-11 CO-110-11  19126  19127  CH3370000  CH3369700  SL006457  SL006459  95-3747267  42208  42218  39831  39832  9704438  9704439  P19885  P19886  8141056-CHAR  6555684-CHAR  9716  30088  11969-800  11970-800 CS48625  T48627  135154079  135136988 9A527 9A525

Monday, October 28, 2013

You heard Sam Daley-Harris, founder of RESULTS speak. 
You have been moved and are anxious to start making a difference. 
If this is you... come to the RESULTS Austin Outreach meeting to learn more...

RESULTS Outreach Meeting
Saturday November 2nd – 3:00 PM
Old Quarry Branch Library
 
"We're not just passengers on Spaceship Earth; we're the crew.
 We're not just residents; we're citizens.
 The difference, in both cases, is responsibility."
-- Rusty Schweickert - Apollo astronaut
Questions?  Contact Anne Child - childanne@gmail.com - 512-919-9271
See you Saturday!

Friday, September 20, 2013

RESULTS - Healing the break between people and government


 RESULTS Austin 2013 BenefitWednesday October 23rd
Reception 6:30pm – Program 7:00pm
 Seton Administration Offices’ Auditorium
1345 PhilomenaStreet, Austin, TX 78723
Light refreshments will be served.

Keynote Speaker
Sam Daley-Harris
  • Musician
  • Founder of RESULTS
  • Former Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign
  • CEO and founder of the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation
 
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This event is has no cover charge but the Austin RESULTS volunteers invite you to help us support our Washington staff.  They empower us to be effective advocates for people living in poverty in the United States and around the world.  Together we work to create long-term solutions to poverty by supporting policies that address its root causes.  

We ask you come with a open heart to making a donationand join us for a fun and informative evening.  Discover how you can be part of ending hunger and poverty.

If you are unable to attend, please consider making an online donation here.
FLORIDA: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT  IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. (Registration #CH33878/CH33887) 20113006692 20113006693 CHR.0010765 CHR.055275 CH009249 CHOO9325 01060798  448-446-5 448-448-1  22020  22021  051997  CO8872  C08873   CO-066-11 CO-110-11  19126  19127  CH3370000  CH3369700  SL006457  SL006459  95-3747267  42208  42218  39831  39832  9704438  9704439  P19885  P19886  8141056-CHAR  6555684-CHAR  9716  30088  11969-800  11970-800CS48625  T48627  135154079  135136988

Friday, August 16, 2013

 Save the date: Oct. 23, 2013
RESULTS Austin 2013 Benefit

Meet RESULTS founder
Sam Daley-Harris
RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY!
 

Thursday, May 16, 2013



Show your support for Global AIDS programs

In his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about “realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.” For the first time, we have the science and experience to stop HIV/AIDS and end the epidemic as we know it.

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria is dedicated to fighting these three diseases around the world. Global Fund-supported programs are estimated to save 3,600 lives per day – or over 1.3 million lives per year.

World leaders will make life-or-death funding decisions at the Global Fund’s replenishment conference this Fall. Tell President Obama to keep the promise of an AIDS-free generation with a responsible pledge to the Global Fund.

Call the White House comment line (202) 456-1111
Here’s a script:

In his State of the Union speech, the president spoke about our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation. I strongly support this goal. The Global Fund is the most effective international partnership we have to fight AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.   
I thank President Obama for maintaining our current promise to the Global Fund in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.  At the Global Fund replenishment conference this fall please continue to lead in the global fight against AIDS and pledge our fair share.

Monday, November 19, 2012

RESULTS Austin Benefit

  Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday !   

        Celebrate past progress - Fuel future success      
RESULTS Austin 2012 Benefit
Sunday December 2nd, 2:00-4:00 PM
Pat Hayes Education Center at  Dell Children's Medical Center
4900 Mueller Blvd. -- Park in Visitor Lot - map & directions
Light refreshments will be served.

"Every child deserves a fifth birthday" is the world’s new campaign to reduce preventable early childhood deaths to near zero. Thirty years ago 42,000 children died needlessly every day.  Today only 19,000 children will die. Progress has been made but now is the time to stop this tragedy.





A thought from Julie's "Everyday Justice"



“Our local, everyday choices reverberate around the world… Acting justly every day means developing awareness about the problems in the world; it means changing how we shop, how we dress and how we drive; it means starting to see our each and every action as an ethical choice.”



Special Guest
Jos Linn







RESULTS Senior Associate,  U.S. Poverty Campaign
 A former lawyer, Jos found a second career leading advocates with his powerful coaching, writing, and sheer enthusiasm.  In addition to supporting new and existing volunteers in RESULTS’ advocacy work, Jos helps coordinate policy for RESULTS’ U.S. poverty campaigns.

The Austin RESULTS volunteers invite you to help us support our Washington staff.  They empower us to be effective advocates for people living in poverty in the United States and around the world.  Together we work to create long-term solutions to poverty by supporting policies that address its root causes. 


Please join us for a fun and informative afternoon.  Discover how you can be part of ending hunger and poverty.
 
The event is free.  We ask you come with an open heart and join us to make sure every child lives to see their 5th birthday by supporting RESULTS.

Please RSVP to Anne Child - childanne@gmail.com - 512-919-9271
To donate online, please visit: RESULTS Austin's donation webpage

FLORIDA:  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  (Registration #CH33878/CH33887)
20113006692  CHR.0010765  CHR.055275   01060798  448-446-5  448-448-1  22020  22021  051997  CO8872  C08873  CO-066-11 CO-110-11  19126  19127  CH3370000  CH3369700  SL006457  SL006459  95-3747267  42208  42218  39831  39832  9704438  9704439  P19885  P19886  8141056-CHAR  6555684-CHAR  9716  30088  11969-800  11970-800  CS 48625  T 48627