RESULTS Campaigns Weekly Update March 16, 2021


March 16, 2021

Quote of the Week

“We have the chance to make a generational leap in reducing poverty in America.”

– RESULTS Baltimore volunteer Jan Kleinman in a March 12 letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun

Table of Contents

Global Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Write to your members of Congress on FY22 funding for nutrition, TB, education.

Got Twenty Minutes? Submit our appropriations requests to your representative’s foreign policy aide

A time-sensitive request! The House State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of Appropriations (SFOPS) leadership (Reps. Lee and Rogers) has set a deadline of April 14 to hear from other representatives about their development assistance spending priorities for fiscal year 2022. This means that your representative has likely set a March deadline to gather input from constituents like you. Now is the time to take action on our FY22 appropriations requests with your representative. Here’s what to do:

  • Call the foreign policy aide for your representative and ask what the deadline is for submitting SFOPS appropriations requests to their office. Also, ask if they have forms to fill out or if you can just submit our request sheets. If you don’t know who the foreign policy aide is, call the office and ask, or contact the Grassroots Impact staff.
  • Follow your call with an e-mail to the foreign policy aide, including your questions about deadlines and forms, along with our appropriations requests (which can be found here). Explain why these funding levels are important (drawing on the request sheets or laser talks for your explanation).
  • Alternate calling and e-mailing until you get a clear response on the procedure for submitting the appropriations requests and find out whether or not your representative will include our requests in their submission. If they have forms to fill out, we can help. Send them to Dorothy Monza ([email protected]) and Crickett Nicovich ([email protected]) along with the deadline for having them filled out.
  • Please let Lisa Marchal ([email protected]) or Ken Patterson ([email protected]) know if you have questions.

Also, register for our Global Poverty Monthly Policy Forum. Join us for a discussion on global tuberculosis Thursday, March 18. The forum will launch at 9:00 pm ET and feature RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter. Register today.

Got Another Fifteen Minutes? Get meetings with your members of Congress

Book meetings with your representatives and senators so that we can reinforce our appropriations requests. We’ve got appropriations memos and companion laser talks on global nutrition, tuberculosis, and education to assist you. To help you get your meetings scheduled and to help you make your requests, use our draft meeting request letter, meeting request laser talk, and campaign request sheets available on our Lobbying support page. You can also get support for scheduling your meetings via our current Action Sheet. We’ve got the goal of meeting with 100 percent of the Senate and 75 percent of the House. So far, we’ve reached 54 percent of the Senate and 22 percent of the House with about six weeks left in the campaign. Let’s keep going!

TAKE ACTION: Use the appropriations memos and laser talks to make appropriations requests of your members of Congress. Then book meetings with your legislators as soon as possible so you can reinforce those requests. You can ask your Action Network to reach out with appropriations requests as well.

QUICK NEWS ON GLOBAL POVERTY

TB Briefings. There are many members of Congress who don’t know about tuberculosis or who need to be updated on the devastating impact of COVID-19 on TB. There are two World TB briefings to which you can invite your members of Congress and their staff. Send them the invitations below so they can register.

Monthly Policy Forum on Global Tuberculosis. Thursday, March 18, 9:00 pm ET. Featuring our RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter. The discussion will include how COVID-19 has impacted tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment as well as the impact that our $1 billion appropriations request for bilateral tuberculosis could have on people’s lives. Register today. Registration ends an hour prior to the webinar.

Celebrating the COVID-19 relief bill’s passage. The COVID-19 relief bill, also known at the American Rescue Plan Act, has become reality, and we couldn’t be more excited about this landmark legislation. (Read comments by RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter.) It truly is an accomplishment of a generation. What’s more, we are thrilled that within it is $11 billion for international development, with $3.5 billion of that going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. You were instrumental in making this victory happen.

U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Use media to push for a strong recovery bill

Got Fifteen Minutes? Tell lawmakers to prioritize housing and tax policies in recovery legislation

On the heels of last week’s tremendous advancement in the fight against poverty, the Biden Administration and Congress are looking toward their next big priority – economic recovery legislation. Just as we did with COVID relief, RESULTS plans to be in the thick of it on what that plan should look like.

This legislation is an opportunity to significantly scale up long-ignored policies relating to housing and poverty. Right now, only one if four eligible renters can get federal housing assistance. By making the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program universal, or enacting a refundable renters’ credit, we can ensure all low-income renters get housing assistance. Furthermore, combining this expansion of housing assistance with making the new EITC and CTC provisions from the COVID bill permanent, we can reduce child poverty in America by more than 60 percent. This is an opportunity that comes along once in a generation. Let’s not waste it!

TAKE ACTION: Keep up your First 100 Days momentum (170 meetings and counting!) by taking fifteen minutes to set up meetings with members of Congress and their staff about economic recovery priorities. Urge them to talk to both congressional leadership and the Biden Administration about including expansions of housing assistance and low-income tax credits in the recovery bill. Get to those members you have yet to meet with and circle back to offices you met with earlier this year to urge action on these new requests. We have many resources to help you, including an updated March U.S. Poverty Action, an updated lobby meeting request, new laser talks, and updated housing and tax lobby leave behinds. Once you get a meeting set, please contact Jos Linn or Meredith Dodson for help getting ready.

Also, be sure to join our March Monthly Policy Forum this Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 pm ET. RESULTS Director of U.S. Poverty Policy Meredith Dodson will discuss our 2021 policy priorities (ppt). She’ll also answer your questions. Register to attend today! Note that registration ends an hour prior to the webinar.

Got Fifteen Minutes? Use media to push for strong recovery

Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law. Within days, people were seeing new stimulus checks arrive in the bank accounts. With renters getting much needed relief to avoid eviction, 17 million low-wage workers seeing a bump in their EITC, and a 45 percent cut in child poverty over the next year through the CTC expansion, people across the country are getting much need help as the economic toll of the pandemic endures.

Remember, it was grassroots pressure from you and other that secured these important provisions. It is worth celebrating. But this is also just the beginning. We still must address the underlying affordable housing crisis and the EITC and CTC provisions passed in ARPA are only temporary. We must work to protect renters, workers, and children from being forced back into dire straits next year. Use the media to bolster your message in First 100 Days lobby meetings – call on lawmakers to enact strong recovery legislation that addresses housing and poverty.

TAKE ACTION: Take fifteen minutes to draft and submit a letter to the editor touting the passage of the American Rescue Plan and urging Congress to pass a strong recovery bill next. Use our new online media alert to thank members of Congress who voted for ARPA – and remind those who didn’t that the bill has broad support with the public – and urge them to build on this success with bold policies to tackle housing and poverty.

QUICK NEWS ON U.S. POVERTY

Eviction sign-on letter draws thousands of groups. More than 2,300 organizations, including RESULTS and local RESULTS groups, signed onto a letter urging the Biden Administration to expand and strengthen the national eviction moratorium. Thank you to all the local RESULTS groups who signed on. You can read more here.

CHCI policy briefing features RESULTS Fellow. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is holding a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, March 23, 12:00-3:15 pm ET. One of the moderators is CHCI Graduate Fellow and former RESULTS REAL Change Fellow (now the RESULTS Fellowship) Sidney Betancourt. Her session will focus on homelessness in the urban areas of Nevada. You can register for the event here.

Join racial wealth divide webinar on March 24. Join the Aspen Institute for a webinar book discussion with Emory Law School professor Dorothy A. Brown about her new book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans – and How We can Fix It. The event is Wednesday, March 24 at 12:00 pm ET. Learn more and register here.

RESULTS Announcements

Register for our U.S. Poverty Monthly Policy Forum. Join us for Housing and Taxes – Where to Next? Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 pm ET. It will feature Director of U.S. Poverty Campaigns Meredith Dodson. Register today.

Register for our Global Poverty Monthly Policy Forum. Join us for a discussion on global tuberculosis Thursday, March 18. The forum will launch at 9:00 pm ET and feature RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter.  Register today.

Register for the RESULTS 2021 International Conference! The 2021 RESULTS International Conference will be held June 12-13, 2021. Come learn from expert presenters, staff trainers, and each other as we prepare for a powerful Advocacy Week with congressional offices the following week. Don’t miss our biggest event of the year. Register today! You must register by May 1 to participate in Advocacy Week.

Need help building your Action Network? Are you wanting to understand what an Action Network is? Are you interested is building an Action Network? If so, this is the training for you. On Wednesday, March 31, we’ll hold How to Build Your Action Network 101, 8:30 pm ET. Register today.

How to Develop and Deepen Relationships with Congress. Join us on Tuesday, April 6 at 8:30 pm ET. The First 100 Days Campaign has empowered us to meet with our members of Congress and their staff, perhaps for the first time. We’ll look at all the key relationships one can make with offices and techniques for relationship building, including engaging others in our community. Register today.

Welcome to Sarah Leone. We are excited to welcome Sarah Leone as our new Grassroots Impact Team Associate. Sarah is a native of Indiana, currently living in Fort Wayne. She has always had a passion for advocacy, which she brought to the RESULTS Real Change Fellowship and her work as a volunteer the last 5 years. She graduated from Ball State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has worked as a social worker the last two years, seeing first-hand how poverty affects many diverse populations. We are thrilled to have her join our team and use her experience and expertise to support our amazing volunteer network. Welcome, Sarah!

Welcome to Max De Faria. RESULTS is also happy to welcome Max De Faria to RESULTS through the summer. A born and raised Rhode Islander, Max (they/them/their) joins RESULTS as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow. Previously, they analyzed COVID-19’s impacts on the emergency food system with the California Association of Food Banks. In May 2020, Max received a BA in Geography and Spanish Language with a minor in Political Science from Clark University. Motivated by childhood experiences of hunger and economic hardship, Max has conducted SNAP outreach with Worcester County Food Bank and served as a FoodSource Hotline Counselor at Project Bread. Max enjoys reading, gardening, and playing with their pet bird, Bernie. Welcome, Max!

The RESULTS Champion Scale: Creating Congressional Leadership. Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 pm ET. Register today. Registration ends one hour prior to the webinar. RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris will energize us with his interactive workshop on moving our members of Congress up the Champion Scale from opposed, to neutral, to supporter, to advocate, to leader and eventually to champion.

Fellowship Across Borders. A Fellowship program now exists in Canada thanks to a recent collaboration between RESULTS U.S. and Results Canada. Read more!

RESULTS is hiring. RESULTS is seeking highly motivated individuals to fill various positions on our team. If you are interested, please check out the job postings online.

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule. Both chambers are in session this week. Submit your remote meeting requests today.

Thursday, March 18: Monthly Policy Forum: Housing and Taxes – Where to Next?, 8:00 pm ET. Register today. Registration ends an hour prior to the webinar.

Thursday, March 18: Monthly Policy Forum: Global Tuberculosis, 9:00 pm ET. Register today. Registration ends an hour prior to the webinar.

Monday, March 22: First 100 Days Office Hour, 4:00 pm ET. Bring your policy questions for your First 100 Days Campaign lobby visits. Join at tinyurl.com/2y6pqtcf, passcode 2030.

Wednesday, March 31: How to Build Your Action Network 101, 8:30 pm ET. Register today. Registration ends an hour prior to the webinar.

Saturday, April 3: National Grassroots Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register today  Registrations will be checked up to an hour prior to the webinar.

Tuesday, April 6: How to Develop and Deepen Relationships with Congress, 8:30 pm ET.  Register today. Registration ends one hour prior to the webinar.

Wednesday, April 21: The RESULTS Champion Scale: Creating Congressional Leadership, 8:30 pm ET. Led by RESULTS founder Sam Daley Harris. Register today. Registration ends one hour prior to the webinar.

Saturday June 12 and Sunday, June 13: 2021 RESULTS International Conference. Registration is open. Please register by May 1 to participate in Advocacy Week following the conference.

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