June 2008: Asking your senators to speak to Senate leaders to call a vote on the Lantos-Hyde AIDS, T

The laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt the laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and deliver a Laser Talk to another activist about the issue you choose (Activist Milestone 2).

Asking your senators to speak to Senate leaders to call a vote on the Lantos-Hyde AIDS, TB, and Malaria Reauthorization Act

Introduction: Hi, my name is _______ and I live in the _______ district. I’m a volunteer with RESULTS, an organization working to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. Tuberculosis kills 1.7 million people each year — one person every 20 seconds. TB is the leading killer of people with HIV/AIDS.

Engage: Seven senators have placed a hold on the Lantos-Hyde AID, TB, and Malaria Reauthorization Act, putting the bill’s passage at risk. If passed, this bill would save millions of lives, rebuild U.S. moral leadership, and leverage U.S. commitments at the G8 meetings in July.

Problem: AIDS, TB, and Malaria kill 6 million people each year. These diseases cripple and destabilize nations and create millions of orphans.

Inform: The Lantos-Hyde bill would treat 3 million people for AIDS, prevent 12 million AIDS infections, provide care for 5 million orphans, and train over 140,000 health care workers. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the House and is supported by the President.

Call to Action: Will Senator _____________ speak to Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and implore them to bring the bill to Senate floor immediately?

The TomLantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (H.R.5501, S.2731) is potentially the most important global health legislation ever enacted.

The bill authorizes $50 billion over five years and includes the following TB provisions:

  • The Stop TB Now Act;
  • Strong targets for addressing TB-HIV co-infection;
  • $4 billion to fight TB;
  • $2 billion in FY09 for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

For more information on the bill and this action, take the June Global Action.