Three Poverty-Reducing Bills Pass in the House
On Monday, May 20th, three poverty-reducing bills passed in the House of Representatives with the help of a bipartisan push from Committee of Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) and Ranking Member Rep. McCaul (R-TX-10).
- Global Fragility Act – The Global Fragility Act would stabilize conflict-affected areas and address the root causes of violence and instability in at-risk countries and regions. To learn more about this bill and its future, read Content Team Writer Anna Lagattuta’s article in BORGEN Magazine.
- The Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019 – This bill would provide women and girls with safe access to sanitation facilities in refugee camps. Keeley Griego, Content Team Writer, explored this bill and the next steps in its path to becoming law in this article.
- Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2019 – The Digital GAP Act seeks to promote internet access in developing countries. Take a look at this piece by Content Team Writer Gwen Schemm outlining the implications and provisions of this bill.
These bills must first pass in the Senate before they can be signed into law by the President. Remember to contact your Senators and voice your support.
Washington, D.C. Trip
In May, part of The Borgen Project team traveled to D.C. to lobby Congress on behalf of the world’s poor. Tristana Leist, a Borgen Project Political Affairs Intern, was the lucky winner selected for the trip. Tristana attended a handful of Congressional meetings and got to watch the magic happen first hand. Continue reading for a glimpse into Tristana’s D.C. experience:
“When I am here in D.C., I know more than ever that this is where I am meant to be. To meet some of the faces behind The Borgen Project was an absolute joy, and I couldn’t have been happier with how we hit it off; the crew even managed to support me in vegan restaurant endeavors! Now, a few weeks out, I relish at our meeting with a third of the Senate in one day. […] Despite long days and over 50 meetings, joy and laughter was experienced with every misdirected office venture and drop of a soda bottle.
The following day the teams switched around, and I utilized this as a chance to keep using my one liners… thankfully the team was patient with me. As a whole, to meet with our government officials was/is both humbling and empowering; they are mortal humans like you and me (that is oft forgotten). Friends, our government works if you work it, but we have to demand that it works! Lobbying trips like this one, calls and letters to legislators, it all makes a difference in the grand game of politics. Keep playing and keep pushing.”
-Tristana Leist, Political Affairs Intern, Spring 2019.
For another look into TBP D.C. Trip, head to Tristana’s Instagram Takeover.
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in May: 81
- Total # of Lobbying Meetings in 2019: 189
- Lobbying Meetings Goal for 2019: 775
- Number of Advocacy Emails in May: 7,619
- Advocacy Emails Goal for 2019: 80,000
- % of Congress Emailed in April: 93%
Congressional Office Meetings
Political Affairs Team member Jay Andreacchio secured two meetings in May!
Listen to the latest from Warren about the goings-on in D.C.
Content Team Updates
Thanks to the great articles produced by our Writers, Journalist and Editors, website traffic continues to grow:
Congratulations to the following team members that have achieved Borgen Project Honors & Recognition.
- Chief Closer Award (raised $1,000 or more): Amy Dickens and Heather Hughes of the Content Team and Jacob Eastridge and Chandra Thorson from the Political Affairs Team
- President’s Circle (held 3 congressional meetings): Jainaba Gaye, Tanisha Mali and Benjamin Hourani from the Political Affairs Team
- Public Outreach Award (30 or more people mobilized): Brianna Bennett, Political Affairs Team has mobilized 43 people throughout her internship
- Article of the Month: Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen by Andrea Rodriguez
Visit the Our Team Members page and read about success stories with our organization.
Getting the Word Out
Letters to the Editor
William Ellis, PR Team, in the Tucson: Letter: Global poverty legislation and Letter: Keeping Girls in School
Tanisha Mali, Political Affairs Team, in the Statesman: Aid to fight poverty can lessen the refugee issue
D’Angelo Gatewood, PR Team, in Tulsa World: Crucial foreign aid
Sean Ericson, Content Team, in Star Tribune: Cutting economic assistance won’t solve the migration crisis
Becca Cetta, Content Team, in The Florida Times-Union: State leaders must oppose Trump’s plan to cut aid
Political Affairs Team member Jared Schooley was also quoted in this article.
Outreach & Mobilizing Materials
Political Affairs Team member Emma Smith created a unique photo series to share on social media platforms with her fundraising campaign.
One-Mile Campaign reflection from PR/Marketing Team member Alexis Blacknik
PR and HR Team member Nevada McOwen hosted a Borgen Project information event
PR Team member Mathilde Henriksen created a Borgen Project PSA and “Did You Know?”
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