RESULTS Campaigns Weekly Update January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020

Quote of the Week

“For 40 years, through RESULTS, a citizen’s advocacy group defeating poverty, we have see (sic) that bipartisan cooperation and compromise is still a democratic means of being involved.”

 – RESULTS Anchorage volunteer Mary Martin in a January 6 letter to the editor in the Anchorage Daily News

Table of Contents

Global Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Ask Congress to Prioritize Global Health and Education

Got Five Minutes? Now is the Time to 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. Don’t wait. 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? Complete 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 (individual planning form, group summary, and planning guide) 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.


Play back recent child survival webinar. Review the robust data, historic background, and motivating potential of our child survival campaign work. Check out the playback of a recent child survival deep dive webinar by RESULTS Director of Global Policy & Advocacy John Fawcett.

Celebrate! The Senate unanimously passed S.Res 260 on global child nutrition. Congratulations! Thank your senators and use it as a compelling reason for them to support our nutrition appropriations request.

U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Generate media on addressing the housing crisis

Got Five Minutes? Get Members on the Record for the Renter’s Credit

Where do you stand on housing? Are you aware of the lack of affordable housing in your district/state and what it costs for people to afford rent? Would you support a renters’ tax credit to help low-income families afford a decent place to live? These are the questions you want to be asking members of Congress and their staff in lobby meeting this winter, along with asking them to go on the record voicing support for the renters’ tax credit.* Request meetings today so you can ask them these questions yourself.

TAKE ACTION: Take five minutes to request face-to-face meetings with your members of Congress. The House is on recess this week and both chambers will be on recess in February 17-21 (meet with aides if need be). When meeting with them, ask for them to take a public stance in support of the renters’ tax credit. Customize our meeting request letter to set up meetings, and see our updated housing laser talks, affordable housing policy request sheet, and January Action Sheet for background. If you need assistance, please contact Jos Linn. Once you get a meeting scheduled, please contact Meredith Dodson for coaching.

*“On the record” means co-sponsoring legislation or making a public statement on the House/Senate floor, at a town hall, or in the media (including social media).

Got Fifteen Minutes? Submit Your 2020 Roadmap

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of 2020 in your RESULTS work? How will you get there? This month, RESULTS volunteers are creating their 2020 Group Roadmaps, which will help you will create exciting and important successes in the fight against poverty. Having a roadmap allows you to stay focused on what you can and want to accomplish. In other words, doing your part. Your roadmap also lets RESULTS know how best to help you get where you want to go.

TAKE ACTION: Take fifteen minutes to submit the 2020 Roadmap for your local RESULTS group. If you are tasked with submitting the roadmap online, fill out and submit the form here. If someone else is doing that, check in to see how it’s going. And if your group has yet to do your roadmap, please set up a time to meet to do it this month. All the 2020 Roadmap resources can be found on the RESULTS Outreach & Planning page under “My group wants to make our plans.” Please submit your group’s 2020 Roadmap online by January 31. If you have questions, please contact Jos Linn. Good luck!


Learn more about the housing crisis from these recent events. Last week, the Opportunity Starts at Home Campaign held two events in DC on housing. One was a congressional briefing on bipartisan bills in Congress to address evictions and housing for families with young children. Listen to a recording of the event here. OSAH also held an event at the National Press Club about making housing a national priority in 2020. You can watch that event here. Finally, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing last week on families living under the threat of being homeless daily. You can watch that hearing here.

Update on SNAP, housing, and public charge rules. 15 states and NYC are suing the Trump Administration over a new SNAP rule, set to go into effect in April, which would cause nearly 700,000 childless workers to lose benefits under stricter work requirements. Meanwhile, Richard Rothstein has a new op-ed outlining the Administration’s attempts to undercut the Fair Housing Act’s civil right protections, and be sure to submit your comment by March 16 opposing the latest rule proposal which could reverse efforts to reduce housing segregation. Finally, last week the Trump Administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the nationwide injunction on implementing the “public charge” rule. If the rule is implemented, millions of low-income immigrants could face deportation for using public benefits such as SNAP and Medicaid, programs the law allows them to use.

RESULTS Announcements

Join book club on The Righteous Mind tonight at 9pm ET. Led by RESULTS advocate Jim Driggers, this discussion offers you a profound opportunity to examine your own and others’ beliefs about morality, as discussed in The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. You can use that knowledge to better frame discussions to support RESULTS-championed legislation. Learn more about the book club and how to join here.

Join New Advocate Orientation tomorrow night. 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. The next orientation is tomorrow, January 22 at 8:30 pm. ET. Sign up to join us!

Join the RESULTS United Webinar on Saturday, February 1. Join us for the first RESULTS United webinar on Saturday, February 1 at 1:00 pm ET. This will be our new 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. Join the webinar using our new Zoom login at: or dial in by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID: 994 444 828.

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 is 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.

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. 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. 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. Please note the new Zoom number!

Wednesday, February 5: RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice webinar, 8:30 pm 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.

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. Join this important dialogue at Or dial into (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 807783478.

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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