Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 25 Global Weekly Update

Funding GAVI to Save 4.2 Million Children's Lives by 2015: If We Don't Do It, Who Will?

The answer is, nobody. Right now there are no Congressional champions for vaccines even though the US helps fund GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations). We need champions in the House and Senate now because there is an incredible opportunity to roll out two new vaccinations (one for rotavirus and one for pnemococcal disease), in 44 countries. This will save an estimated 4.2 million children's lives by 2015. Since the rotavirus vaccination was introduced in the US in 2006, hospitalizations due to rotavirus have dropped 56 to 86 percent. In developing nations where rotavirus is the biggest diarrheal killer of kids under age five, the rotavirus vaccination could save 500,000 lives per year.
On June 13 donor nations will come together in the United Kingdom for a GAVI pledging conference. The outcome of the conference will determine whether we'll GAVI has the resources to save 4.2 million lives with these new vaccines. What is needed from the US is a 3-year pledge totaling $450 million. We must make these new medical innovations available around the globe. Here's what you can do:

Other Top Actions to Assure Funding for Vital Foreign Assistance Programs

  1. Call Your Senators. The House of Representatives passed a budget for 2012 that would make draconian cuts to foreign assistance programs—the same programs that boost US exports, according to the Chamber of Commerce, and make us safer, according to 70 retired military leaders. The Senate must refuse this approach to reducing deficits. It risks our economy, our security, and lives. Let both of your senators know that we expect them to do better.
Call Your Representatives. There are many members of Congress who understand the importance of foreign assistance to the US, and to the individuals and families it ultimately reaches. So there will be a foreign aid budget, even if your Representative or Senators doesn't like foreign aid. For more conservative members it's good to educate them about the importance of foreign aid to our economy, our security, and our global leadership, but also to encourage them to make sure that foreign aid is used wisely. Encourage them to support at least one of the effective solutions articulated in our appropriations requests (microfinance, TB, Global Fund, GAVI, Education for All). Call and ask for the foreign policy aide, make the request to support funding levels for one of our priorities noted above, and follow up by sending information. Our action sheet can help you with this.

Thursday Evening Meeting


GAVI opportunities
"Hosting" a showing of Turk's new movie
Planning for a meeting with Rep. John Carter

RESULTS Austin Education & Action meeting
Thursday 4/28 -7:00-8:30 PM
Carver Branch Library
1161 Angelina Street

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Letter from Dr. Joanne Carter

As I send this, Congress and the White House have agreed to a compromise spending package for the rest of 2011 which may contain deep cuts to programs that support poor and vulnerable families here and around the world. I know many of you have fought hard against proposed cuts to vital programs in the FY 2011 budget the budget for the rest of this year expressing alarm at the $60 billion in cuts passed by the House of Representatives 235-189 in February. The package agreed to late last night cuts $37.8 billion in spending in 2011.

The FY 2011 Budget

The House proposed in February to slash funding for global health, important early childhood services in the US, basic education programs around the world, microcredit, and other effective programs that benefit communities most in need, including:
  • A 40 percent cut to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, which would mean 372,000 people will not be tested and treated for tuberculosis, 58,286 HIV-positive pregnant women will not receive drugs to prevent transmission of the virus to their children, 414,000 people will not be provided with antiretroviral (ARV) medications.
  • Drastic cuts to Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care assistance, which would mean 368,000 low-income children and their families losing services, 16,000 Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms closing and 55,000 Head Start/Early Head Start teachers and staff losing their jobs.
While the details of the specific cuts in the compromise funding package for the rest of 2011 are not decided, the package agreed to last night includes almost 2/3 of the level of spending cuts passed by the House. In other words, millions of lives are at stake. And, this is just the first of several battles to save lives, protect and create jobs, and shape the priorities of the United States.

FY 2012 Budget Resolution

Next week, the House of Representatives will vote on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal for 2012 (that also impacts future years), one that is even more extreme. It is difficult to emphasize strongly enough how much damage this budget would do to vital programs that mean life or death for millions, young and old alike, and to our nation's economy.

Your voice is urgently needed. We're asking RESULTS activists across the United States who care about poverty and hunger here and around the world to join together and call Congress next Tuesday, April 12, and to ask others to do so the same it is vitally important to make our voices heard before the House's vote on the Ryan budget resolution. On Tuesday, call your Representative you can call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at (888) 245-0215 and ask to be directed to your Representative's office and deliver a message like this*:

I am a constituent and I strongly urge you to stand up against any budget cuts that will harm poor and vulnerable people here in the US and around the world and to vote NO on the House Budget Committee's Budget Resolution. The Ryan budget resolution would lead to deep cuts in important foreign aid investments that save lives and strengthen our economy here in the US and around the world. It would slash investments in programs like Head Start, child care, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, education... in fact, all the investments that help Americans to be economically secure.  It denies vital help for low-income and middle class people while giving trillions of dollars in tax cuts to millionaires and big corporations. Please reject these extreme proposals they would weaken federal protections in a recession and stall economic growth for us all.”

Please note:
  • If you know your representative is already fighting these poverty-related cuts, please change your message to thank them for standing up for the poorest and encourage them to continue to fight cuts in the 2012 budget.
  • If you have time, please call your senators. While the Senate will not take up this proposal in its current form, the debate and public outcry against these cuts will shape the priorities of deficit-reduction legislation Congress will take up in the next few months.
  • This budget shrinks funding to such an extent that every human needs program here in the United States and around the world is threatened. If you wish to emphasize other important issues in your call, please do so.
  • Thank you to the Coalition on Human Needs for the use of this toll-free line.
We know you are busy. But these far-reaching proposals to cap and cut essential services are a call to conscience. On Tuesday, please call and get others to do so also! We suggest you download and print our call-in flyer to distribute to others this weekend leading up to the call-in day.

Hunger Fast

On Saturday's national conference calls, we'll discuss the budget situation in more detail, and also how RESULTS staff and volunteers can stand in solidarity with critical programs and vulnerable people by participating next Wednesday in the Hunger Fast launched by RESULTS ally and former member of Congress Tony Hall. This will be a powerful follow-on to Tuesday's national call-in day. At least 30,000 people across the United States and 28 members of Congress are joining Rep. Hall in his fast and standing together to protect vulnerable people from budget cuts that lack conscience.


  • To read a summary of the House Budget Committee's proposal and what it will mean for struggling families in America, click here.
  • For more details, click here to see the letter RESULTS and dozens of organizations have signed expressing our concerns
  • Read an op-ed by former President George W. Bush speechwriter, Michael Gerson, explaining “The real world effects of budget cuts” on poor around the world.
If you don't know who your senators or representative is, or can't get through to the Capitol switchboard, click here to find the direct number to your Congressional offices (not toll-free).  
For more information about RESULTS and how you can make a difference, including our work in communities across the country to create the political will to end poverty, please visit our website: And thanks for all that you do!