Quotes to Inspire

September 7, 2010

RESULTS is the greatest citizen’s lobbying organization in the history of Western civilization.

— Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

You could so very well have said, ‘Well, this has got nothing to do with me,’ and you could live in comfort and in your ghettos of opulence and so forth, but you have done nothing of the sort. You are working like crazy to make this a far better world…. I just marvel at the kind of human beings you are. And on behalf of the very, very, very, very many in desperate circumstances, on behalf of them, thank you so very much for caring. Thank you so very much for your commitment. Thank you so very much for your dedication, for your determination to hang in there. Thank you for being there for us.

— Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressing the RESULTS volunteer network in April 2008

This is the best grassroots organization I work with. I get the question all the time, ‘What can we do to make what we care about happen politically?’ And the answer is so simple. I always cite RESULTS as the example. Go out across the country, get constituents from members of Congress’ district who care about your issues, and get them to lobby Congress. It’s that simple and that difficult. Nobody does it better than you.

— Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

I feel that a donation to RESULTS is one of the best contributions I can make. My check is multiplied several times by RESULTS volunteers advocating for the elimination of global poverty. I have developed my own one-sentence laser talk about RESULTS: RESULTS has more money available for the elimination of global poverty than the Gates Foundation — the U.S. Government.

— Darryl Swenson, board of directors of Water First

“One of the things that you need to appreciate is that your level of advocacy of late has increased the passion of members of Congress on this issue. I’d like to think that I have the power to move my colleagues, but it’s you all that are really moving them.”

— Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) regarding RESULTS’ work to increase funding for nutrition programs in the 2008 Farm Bill (on February 2008 conference call)

A 19-year-old woman who has no health care or education in some rural village in southern Africa has zero leverage and zero influence here [on Capitol Hill]. The only voice she has is when volunteer citizens from around the country join RESULTS, come to Capitol Hill, call us, write us letters. Literally, RESULTS is a group of people who give voice to the voiceless.

— Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ)

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