RESULTS Campaigns Weekly Update November 10, 2020


November 10, 2020

Quote of the Week

“If you’re one of the millions of Americans asking, ‘Now what?’ how about rejuvenating democracy?”

– RESULTS founder Sam Daley-Harris in a November 9 op-ed in the Tacoma Weekly

Table of Contents

Global Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Write a letter to the editor on prioritizing global health and education during the COVID-19 crisis

Got Ten Minutes? Get ready to send an impressive media compilation to your members of Congress

You have done an incredible job sounding the alarm in the media about the need for a COVID-19 emergency global response. We put out the call for you to get published on the desperate need for such a response, and you have delivered for months. Now that we are in a post-election period, we want to make sure that our current Congress does its job with the time it has left. There have been indications from Congress that we may see movement on a COVID-19 relief effort. So, we want to strike while the iron is potentially heating up. We want to support you in bringing your stellar media work to the attention of legislators. It’s how you leverage your efforts and help make sure that Congress hears what you have to say. It could help move the needle as we work to see a COVID-19 response become a reality.

TAKE ACTION: Send the comprehensive global poverty campaigns media compilation (when it is shared later this week) to your members of Congress, with a note pointing out any pieces that you and/or your group got published. This compilation will be available on our Media Tools page under “I want to see what other RESULTS volunteers have published.” Find out the staff names for your two senators’ offices and your representative’s office via our Legislator Lookup. Then send the global poverty media compilation to your foreign policy aides. The formula for Senate aide emails is [email protected] The formula for House aide emails is [email protected] (You can also read more on how to send an email to Congress in our Advocacy Basics.) Note in your email that the world is still struggling and needs relief in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Remind your legislators that it is past time to act and that they, as the current Congress, don’t have much time left to make global COVID relief a reality. Ask your legislators to speak to leadership about a minimum of $20 billion for a global health and nutrition response.

Got Ten Minutes? Use the media to call for a COVID-19 emergency response bill

Where is the leadership? That is our question. The House passed a revised HEROES Act that included $10 billion for global health and development assistance funding weeks ago, but the Senate has yet to take up a relief bill and has done very little to address the crisis. Rumblings of possible action have begun, but Congress must truly be serious about coming back to the table. We must get a deal that focuses on the dire effects of COVID-19 in the U.S. and around the world. Will you write and submit a letter to the editor this week to keep the pressure on?

TAKE ACTION: Write and submit a letter to the editor. Let your members of Congress know that they must speak to leadership about passing a COVID-19 relief bill that includes global health and development assistance. Use our online action alert to write your letter and consider putting others in action using the October Global Action Sheet. Once it’s published, send your letter to your group members and your network. Ask them to amplify it by sending it to your representative and senators with a call to action. Finally, report your letter so we have a record of your great work.

QUICK NEWS ON GLOBAL POVERTY

Two Challenges in Africa. Interested in how Africa is dealing with the dual challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption in health services? Read this new piece by ThinkGlobalHealth.

TB Deaths During the COVID-19 Crisis. What is happening with global TB deaths due to diversion of health resources? The WHO projects up to 400,000 excess TB deaths due to missed diagnoses. Read this recent article from The Guardian.

U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update

QUICK ACTION Use media to push Congress to pass COVID relief for renters

Got Ten Minutes? Tell Congress to get back to work

The election is over. But the virus is not. When Americans were voting last Tuesday, over 120,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,179 Americans died of the virus. While candidates were campaigning, 11 million workers who lost their jobs because of the pandemic remained unemployed. Now millions of renters face eviction in the next two months if Congress doesn’t act soon.

It’s time for Washington to get back to work. They need to remember that despite the attention given the election, millions of Americans are still suffering through a global pandemic and its economic aftermath. Use the election being over as your “hook” to contact your House and Senate aides urging them to tell their bosses to pass a new COVID relief bill now that includes $100 billion in rental assistance and a 15 percent increase in the maximum SNAP benefit. The time for waiting is over – it’s time for Congress to act now.

TAKE ACTION: Take ten minutes to contact your housing and agriculture aides with our updated U.S. Poverty COVID media packet. These packets will be available later this week on our Media Tools page under “I want to see what other RESULTS volunteers have published.” The packet shows broad grassroots support for a COVID package that includes $100 billion in rental assistance. Be sure to highlight your local media, especially any pieces you’ve gotten the last few days. Find out the staff names via our Legislator Lookup (the formula for Senate aide emails is [email protected]; the formula for House aide emails is [email protected] (You can also read more on how to send an email to Congress in our Advocacy Basics.)

Also, keep the pressure on by getting a new letter to the editor published pushing Congress to pass a bill in the post-election session.

QUICK NEWS ON U.S. POVERTY

New housing fact sheet. Learn more about racial inequities in housing with this new fact sheet from the Opportunity Starts at Home and the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

Listen to housing webinar with Sherrod Brown. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined NLIHC’s weekly coronavirus and housing webinar to discuss the state of COVID negotiations and housing priorities in the next Congress. The webinar also covered the latest news on the public charge rule (see more below). Listen here.

Join CHN webinar with RESULTS Detroit volunteer next week. On Monday, join our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs for their “Our Children are in Danger” webinar about increased hunger, poverty, and other serious threats to children and their families because of the pandemic. RESULTS Detroit volunteer and Expert on Poverty La’Shon Marshall is scheduled to speak. The webinar is Monday, November 16 at 12:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar today.

Appeals court allows public charge rule for now. The day after a federal court in Illinois struck down the Trump Administration’s expansion of the “public charge” rule, a federal appellate court allowed the rule to go into effect while it considers the appeal. RESULTS has strongly opposed the new rule since it was proposed in 2018, which would make it easier to deny entry or deport documented immigrants for using (or potentially using) public services such as TANF, Medicaid, and SNAP.

RESULTS volunteers show power of lobby meetings. The RESULTS San Diego group recently met with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA-52) to talk about housing. Afterward, Rep. Peters included this in his online newsletter: “On Thursday, I spoke with local members of RESULTS, an organization advocating for an end to poverty. During this meeting, we discussed my co-sponsoring of the Rent Relief Act of 2019 and support for the HEROES Act. As Congress continues debating COVID-19 relief, we must come together to pass a bill that helps Americans now. This includes rent relief, which is an important issue in my district. San Diego still lacks access to affordable housing, and we need to keep working to improve basic fair housing law.”

RESULTS Announcements

Join Welcoming New Advocates training tonight. RESULTS is seeing an unprecedented influx of new people wanting to join our cause. Making them feel at home is a critical step in getting them involved. Learn best practices for welcoming new people to your local RESULTS group by joining our Welcoming New Advocates training tonight, November 10 at 8:30 pm ET. Register today to attend.

Join 2020 VTF Fundraising Campaign. The 2020 Virtual Thanksgiving Feast is now running through November 27. Join other advocates across the country in an online peer-to-peer fundraiser to celebrate 40 years of RESULTS advocacy and to help fund our next chapter. Visit https://www.results.org/vtf to get started and find campaign resources, and please contact Mea Geizhals with any questions.

Join Grassroots Board Quarterly Townhall this Thursday. This Thursday, November 12, come share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas about RESULTS with your RESULTS Grassroots Board Members. The webinar meeting starts at 9:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/358807054 or dial (312) 626-6799 or (929) 436-2866.

First 100 Days Campaign. We’re excited to see the impact we can make on our issues in the first 100 days of the new congressional session. Our December group planning will help us begin well, and you’re invited to our First 100 Days Kickoff on February 6. Register today! During the first 100 days of 2021, we want to meet with every congressional office we cover – that means every single Senate office and three quarters of House offices. We’re not waiting around to see what policymakers decide to do in 2021 – we’ll get in there right away to help set a bold agenda against poverty.

Check out our new RESULTS video. Got 60 seconds? Take a look at this great new promotional video for RESULTS!

Receive action alerts via text. If you’d like to receive RESULTS alerts via text, please text RESULTS to 50457 to sign up.

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule. Members of Congress are in recess. Submit your remote meeting requests today.

Monday, November 9-Friday, November 27. Virtual Thanksgiving Feast online fundraiser. Visit https://www.results.org/vtf for more information. Contact Mea Geizhals with any questions.

Tuesday, November 10: Welcoming New Advocates training webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Register today.

Tuesday, November 10: Putting The Righteous Mind into Practice webinar, 9:00 pm ET. Join the meeting using this link, meeting ID: 655 036 085, passcode: 641539.

Wednesday, November 11: Veterans’ Day. All RESULTS offices closed.

Thursday, November 12: Quarterly Townhall with the Grassroots Board Members, 9:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/358807054 or dial (312) 626-6799 or (929) 436-2866.

Monday, November 16: Global Poverty Free Agents Webinars, 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/464361707 or, by phone, (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 464361707.

Tuesday, November 17: U.S. Poverty Free Agents Webinars, 1:00 and 8:00 pm ET. For information on how to join, please contact Jos Linn.

Wednesday, November 18. Black Indigenous People of Color Caucus, 9 pm ET. The caucus will meet to discuss BIPOC self-care in stressful times. The speaker will be Nikita Marsh, MSW, PMP. Please email Yolanda Gordon at [email protected] for the login information.

Thursday, November 26-Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving holiday break. All RESULTS offices closed.

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

To update volunteer info (e.g. subscribe to the Weekly Update or action alerts, add new advocate information, update an existing advocate’s information or preferences), use our Volunteer Information Form.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Current Volunteers page, including our anti-oppression resources.

Remember to please report your recent grassroots successes in lobby meetings, media pieces, and outreach activities.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail Lindsay Saunders at [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports. Including our new special edition 2019 Annual Report.

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