Take Action on the Issues You Care About:
As we celebrate America's bounty this month, ask Congress to lift U.S. food aid restrictions so our generosity reaches even further.
Tell President Obama it's time for the U.N.'s Security Council to end the use of the veto when it comes to the world's worst crimes.
Ask your Senators to support the Women's Equality Treaty and help stop the discrimination, exploitation, and abuse of women worldwide.
ABC, CBS, and NBC only covered climate change 12 times in 2012. We're asking the media to #CoverClimate more often in 2013.
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Summaries of Recent Campaigns
Thousands of you told President Obama that you wanted the United States to help stop armed conflict around the world and sign the Arms Trade Treaty. On September 25, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty on behalf of the US. By signing this important agreement, the US, as the world’s largest arms dealer, will put pressure on other major buyers and sellers such as Russia, China and India to join the treaty as well. The US’s signature will add momentum to our efforts to get at least 50 nations to join or ratify the Arms Trade Treaty so it can go into effect.
On July 27, 2013 we hosted our annual conference, Volunteers for a Global Future, which focused on skills that can be used to grow the movement and increase engagement with our campaigns. We specifically focused on how to fundraise for the organization and use social media. Did you miss the conference? Never fear, we have all of the resources and videos here!
Put the Fun in Fundraising
We were lucky enough to have Art Goldsmith, an economics professor at Washington and Lee University, come to the conference and teach us how to host a house party. Want to see his presentation? Check it out below.
We even wrote up a sample invitation, a planning timeline, and a sample thank you letter for you. Check them out here!
Social Media and Blogging for Advocacy
Allyson Goldsmith, Campaigns Manager, and Arielle Weaver, Membership & Advocacy Coordinator, teamed up to teach us all about how to use social media and blogging for advocacy. Want to learn how to use Facebook and twitter to build our movement? Want to learn how to guest blog for GlobalSolutions.org? This session is for you!
At the conference, each one of our attendees filled out a commitment card to let us know how they want to be involved with GlobalSolutions.org this year. This allows us to get to know you and send you actions that are in alignment with what you care about. Will you fill out the online version?
We got to them. With your help, we sent 15,588 emails to Fox News, demanding they drop Erik Rush as a commentator. Rush was certainly bothered by our emails and social media activity-he blocked all of the GlobalSolutions.org accounts. With your help, we called out his hateful and violence-inducing speech, and stood up for peace. While FOX never made an official statement, we have not seen Rush on the network since our campaign.
We did it! The world agreed to a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty. With your help, the United Nations General Assembly passed a comprehensive Arms Trade Treaty.
Our CEO, Don Kraus, attended the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York and wrote this blog post about the negotiations and what a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty will mean in reality. The Arms Trade Treaty is in America's security, business, and humanitarian interests. It will protect legitimate trade while holding governments accountable for selling arms to human rights violators. The United States, as the world's leading arms supplier, played an important role in building support for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty.
When you joined us on February 14, 2013 the whole world felt the impact! Soon after the One Billion Rising rallies, the United States House and Senate passed a more inclusive Violence Against Women Act-legislation that will protect thousands of women this year. This showed that the United States is capable of showing commitment to women's rights here and abroad.
We will continue to work towards ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, also known as CEDAW. But with your effort and enthusiasm, we can't lose!
The Unites States Senate voted on December 4th on the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), falling just short of the two-thirds majority needed for the Senate to ratify an international treaty. important to note that the vast majority of Senators did indeed vote for ratification, proving just how close we are to achieving ascension to an international treaty. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) vowed to bring CRPD up for a vote again in the next year, saying, "Today, we had a chance to lead, and we failed because a small group of Republican senators fear the Tea Party more than they care about equality for people with disabilities." Senator Reid is not giving up on ratification of the Disabilities Treaty and neither are we! We pledge to follow this issue in 2013 and hold Senator Reid to his promise to make international disabilities rights a reality for all!
The 113th Congress had a historic number of women elected to both the Senate and the House of Representatives. That's why we kicked off the year with a petition to urge senators to make the ratification of CEDAW, the Women's Equality Treaty a critical priority. Over seven thousand signed and we distributed the petition to every senator on the very first day Congress was in session! We sent delegations to meet with senators and their staff. And we are not done yet. We won't stop until the Senate agrees to take a vote and ratify CEDAW. Stand up for Women's Equality. Ask your Senators to support the Women's Equality Treaty and help stop the discrimination, exploitation, and abuse of women worldwide.
Thousands took action to make their voice heard on climate change this election cycle. We joined with several other organizations to deliver more than 160,000 petition signatures to first debate moderator, Jim Lehrer. While we didn't get a question on climate change into the debate, President Obama called for action on climate change, saying "we want our children to live in an America...that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet." We will continue to advocate for addressing climate change as a key second term agenda item.
You spoke up for diplomacy and peace, and the world listened. While some in Congress continued to push the nation towards war with Iran, you joined thousands of other peaceful activists and diverted that risk. Our politicians should be pursuing diplomacy and understanding, not saber-rattling for political purposes. Thanks for your support!
Hundreds of people signed our birthday card for the International Criminal Court, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this past July. We also passed out information about the Court on the National Mall, raising awareness about international justice and the important work of the Court.
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