RESULTS Campaigns Weekly Update January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020

Quote of the Week

“I only have one life, and I can’t waste it. The best way I know how to use my life is by making a difference in the world through RESULTS.”

 – RESULTS Regional Coordinator Beth Wilson, on the RESULTS Blog

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Global Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Ask Congress to Prioritize Global Health and Education

Got Five Minutes? Book a Meeting with Congress on Appropriations

Now’s the best time reach out to your legislators’ schedulers and arrange a meeting on our appropriations requests for FY2021. Our appropriations materials are available, including memos/backgrounders on each of our requests and the comprehensive January action sheet so that you can make those requests – hopefully at an in-person meeting – for our global health and education priorities. We also have a great explainer on the appropriations process – what it is and how it works. Additionally, we have a “cheat sheet” blog post deciphering terms often used during the appropriations process.

TAKE ACTION: Take five minutes to contact your congressional offices and their schedulers. Book meetings for you and your group to discuss our global poverty appropriations requests. You can use our new meeting request letter to make the process easier.

Got Fifteen Minutes? Start Completing Your 2020 Roadmap

2020 promises to be an interesting and important year in our advocacy work. With issues like maternal/child health and housing looming large, we want to make the most of the opportunities in front of us. Creating your 2020 Group Roadmap (formerly, group plan) is a key first step. If you don’t already have a date set, contact your group members this week to schedule your 2020 Roadmap planning session. Or, if you are a free agent, grab a copy of our individual planning sheet and create a 2020 Roadmap of your own.

TAKE ACTION: All your 2020 Roadmap resources are on the RESULTS Outreach & Planning page under “My group wants to make our plans.” Make sure you or your group have a plan to complete your roadmap by the end of the month.


Background on our nutrition and vaccines campaigns. See our Global Nutrition policy brief for information related to our 2020 Nutrition Campaign and Gavi’s case for investment for information related to our 2020 Vaccines Campaign.

Great read by Alex Counts. In anticipation of the RESULTS 40th Anniversary, check out Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship by Alex Counts. This book contains many charming and inspirational stories about how the author developed his skills and made a big impact as a RESULTS volunteer and legislative director – and later as founder and CEO of the Grameen Foundation.

U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Generate media on addressing the housing crisis

Got Five Minutes? Request Lobby Meetings to Talk about Housing

As discussed on last weekend’s RESULTS Joint National Webinar, we have bold campaign set for our U.S. poverty issues in 2020. With a lighter legislative scheduled expected this election year, we have the opportunity to dive deep with lawmakers on their views and solutions to America’s affordable housing crisis and build support for a refundable “renters’ tax credit” to help low-income families afford a decent place to live. And there’s no time like the present to start talking to them.

TAKE ACTION: Take five minutes to request face-to-face meetings requests with your members of Congress. The House will be on recess next week and both chambers will be on recess in mid-February. Customize our new meeting request letter to set up meetings to discuss affordable housing. Also see our updated housing laser talks and our new affordable housing policy request sheet. If you need assistance with your requests, please contact Jos Linn. Once you get a meeting scheduled, please contact Meredith Dodson for coaching.

Got Fifteen Minutes? Schedule Your 2020 Roadmap Discussion

What do you want your members of Congress to do on housing in 2020? How can you help get them there? These questions and more can be answered by creating your 2020 Group Roadmap. Each year, RESULTS groups around the country take time to discuss and document the goals they have for their RESULTS work. This year, we are calling it your 2020 Group Roadmap. Why a roadmap? Because to reach your destination, you need a map to get there – a map only your local group can create. A roadmap also reminds us that advocacy work is a journey with milestones to appreciate along the way. Your roadmap also helps RESULTS best support you in getting you where you want to go. So, let’s break out the metaphorical compass and get started.

TAKE ACTION: Take fifteen minutes to contact members of your local RESULTS group to schedule your 2020 Group Roadmap discussion. The 2020 Roadmap resources are on the RESULTS Outreach & Planning page under “My group wants to make our plans.” Be sure to read the 2020 Roadmap Guide before meeting – it gives you the tools to have a great discussion. Please submit your group’s 2020 Roadmap online by January 31. If you have questions, please contact Jos Linn.


Watch Video of Homelessness Event. This morning, The Hill magazine hosted a series of conversations called “The Right to a Roof: Tackling Homelessness.” They looked at how “policymakers, support services, and affordable housing initiatives can help struggling Americans transition to housing security.” Watch the video of the event here.

Oppose Roll Back of Housing Protections. The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule that would eliminate Obama Administration rules to help reduce housing segregation. Critics fear this new rule will further weaken fair housing enforcement and open the door to increased discrimination and segregation. The public comment period is open until March 16. Submit your comment opposing this regressive rule today.

RESULTS Announcements

Join the RESULTS United Webinar on Saturday, February 1. Join us for the first, new-format RESULTS webinar on Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 pm ET. This will be a 90-minute webinar covering U.S. poverty campaigns in the first 30 minutes, organizing and advocacy tools in the middle 30 minutes, and global poverty campaigns in the final 30 minutes. You won’t want to miss this. To join the webinar, login online at or dial in by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID: 994 444 828. And thanks to advocate Leslye Heilig for helping our newly formatted webinar have a fresh new name in the lead-up to the International Conference – the RESULTS United Webinar (after the IC, it will be become the RESULTS National Webinar).

Join Action Network Call Tomorrow Night. If you are looking to better activate and support members of your local action network (online activists) and help move them up the Ladder of Engagement, please join us for our monthly RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice webinar. The call is tomorrow, January 15 at 8:30pm ET. To join, log in: or dial in: 669-900-6833, meeting ID: 427 674 133. You can also join our Facebook and e-mail groups to learn more.

RESULTS Fellowship Applications Open. The RESULTS Fellowship (formerly named the REAL Change Fellowship) is now taking application for the 2020-21 class until April 30. Find more info and the application on the RESULTS website.

Register for the RESULTS International Conference. Join us in Washington, DC this June 20-23 for RESULTS International Conference celebrating RESULTS 40th year. Nobel Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus and other honored guests will be there. How about you? Register today!

Upcoming Events

Congressional Recesses. The House will be on recess the week of January 20. Both the House and Senate will be on recess the week of February 17. Submit your meeting requests today.

Wednesday, January 15: RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice webinar, 8:30pm ET. To join, log in: or dial in: 669-900-6833, meeting ID: 427 674 133. You can also join our Facebook and e-mail groups.

Thursday, January 16: Issue Webinar on our Child Survival Campaign, 8:30 pm ET. Led by Director of Global Poverty and Advocacy John Fawcett. Join at or dial by phone at either (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID: 660 662 137.

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. All RESULTS offices closed.

Tuesday, January 21: U.S. Poverty Free Agents Calls, 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET. Join at: Or dial by phone at (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, meeting ID: 324 294 681.

Tuesday, January 21: Book Club on The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, 9:00 pm ET. Led by RESULTS advocate Jim Driggers, this discussion offers you a profound opportunity to examine your own and others’ beliefs about morality. You can use that knowledge to better frame discussions to support RESULTS-championed legislation. Learn more about the book club here.

Wednesday, January 22: RESULTS 40th Anniversary Launch and Logo/Brand Refresh. Watch for the excitement!

Wednesday, January 22: New Advocate Orientation, 8:30 pm. ET. If you or someone you know are new to RESULTS, join us for New Advocate Orientation. During this live webinar, you’ll interact with RESULTS staff and other new volunteers, learn more about our advocacy model and issues, and get information on next steps. Sign up here.

Wednesday, January 29: Researching Your Member of Congress and Scheduling Tips Webinar, 9:00 pm ET. Led by Regional Coordinator Allison Gallaher. Join at Or dial by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 611 934 750.

Saturday, February 1: RESULTS United Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Join at You can also join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID  994 444 828.

Monday, February 10: Global Free Agents Webinars. 1:00 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET. Join a great conversation via or, by phone, dial (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID: 285 681 999.

Tuesday, February 11: Book Discussion, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Stay tuned for more information.

June 20-23, 2020: RESULTS International Conference. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC. Register today!

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Do you have a new person in your RESULTS group or info to update? Use our Volunteer Information Form to add them.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Current Volunteers page.

Please let us know about your recent grassroots successes for lobby meetings, media, and outreach.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail Steven McGee at [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports.

RESULTS Staff directory.

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