RESULTS Campaigns Weekly Update September 29, 2020
Quote of the Week
“The U.S. has a great capacity to be a leader in ending this devastating pandemic, not only for our citizens, but for everyone on the planet.”
– RESULTS Staten Island volunteer Joanne Didato in a September 22 letter to the editor in the Staten Island Advance
Table of Contents
- Global Poverty Campaigns Update
- U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update
- RESULTS Announcements
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Global Poverty Campaigns Update
QUICK ACTION Write a letter to the editor on prioritizing global health and education during the COVID-19 crisis
Got Fifteen Minutes? Remind your groups about the National Webinar on Saturday, October 3
Check your email for an action related to the new version of the HEROES Act. And then mark your calendars for Saturday! We’re very excited to bring to you what we expect will be an inspirational national grassroots webinar this Saturday, October 3. Join us for the full webinar, starting at 1 pm ET, to hear Otis Rolley, Senior Vice President for the U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation, talk with us about the vital issue of racial equity. Our second guest, starting at 2 pm ET will be Janelle Stewart, a trainer with Effinity Training and Education Services. She will help us explore self-care strategies and resilience in the face of “compassion fatigue” and the tough times in which we find ourselves. In between the two there will be grassroots celebrations, policy updates, and more. Come join us for the full 90 minutes.
TAKE ACTION: Make sure that, if they didn’t register last month, each of your group members registers to attend this month’s national webinar on Saturday, October 3 starting at 1 pm ET. Registrants will receive the webinar password two days before the webinar. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/994444828. You can also join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 994 444 828.
Got Another Fifteen Minutes? Take to the media on a COVID-19 emergency response
According to a new ONE Campaign poll, “[n]early all voters (87%) say working to stop the global spread of COVID-19 should be a priority for the U.S. And, nearly all voters say it is important for the U.S. to lead the world in responding (85%), preventing (86%), and detecting (85%) global infectious diseases.”
It’s clear that voters care about global coordination in the response to COVID-19. That makes it all the more frustrating that Congress has yet to pass a COVID-19 emergency response bill even as they prepare to leave DC for election campaigning. But your incredible ongoing advocacy efforts have created pressure on Congress and the Administration. In fact, the new updated version of the House HEROES Act (released Monday night) includes about $10 billion for global health and hunger, a clear indication that you are being heard. It includes $3.5 billion for Gavi, $3.5 billion for the Global Fund, and additional resources for anti-hunger/nutrition efforts. This is a huge move forward from the previous House bill that included no resources for global relief efforts. We can’t let up. We need to continue to voice our frustration, and that of other Americans, at Congress’ inaction as people suffer. Will you write and submit a letter to the editor this week to keep the pressure on?
TAKE ACTION: Write a letter to the editor. Let your members of Congress know that Congress must pass a COVID-19 relief bill that prioritizes development assistance. Use our online action alert to write your letter. Once it’s published be sure to do the following:
- Send the letter to the legislative director and foreign policy aide, along with our global media compilation of over 124 pieces of media from around the country and a request for action.
- 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.
- Report your letter so we have a record of your great work.
New Global Fund report. 38 million lives saved through the Global Fund since 2002. Read about the strides made and the lives saved in the Global Fund’s new report on its outcomes and impact in the world. Check out the full report.
Please log your actions! It’s the end of September. Have you and your group caught up on your advocacy action reporting? You can do so now very easily by using our online forms.
U.S. Poverty Campaigns Update
QUICK ACTION Use media to push Congress to pass emergency rental assistance
Got Ninety Minutes? Join Saturday’s webinar with Otis Rolley and Janelle Stewart
Please join us for the RESULTS National Webinar this Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar offers a unique set of topics that are relevant to what is happening in the country right now. For our first section, we are thrilled to welcome Otis Rolley, Senior Vice President for the U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation. He will speak to us about the intersection of race and COVID-19 and how that impacts the push for racial economic equality. We’ll then review the latest news from DC including House action on a new COVID bill this week (see more below and on our coronavirus blog), actions to take this month, and the latest on our September recruitment push. In our final section of the webinar, Janelle Stewart of Effinity Training and Education Services will join us to discuss “compassion fatigue” and self-care strategies to help sustain us through challenging times. Because of the nature of the call, we urge all volunteers to join at 1:00 pm ET and stay on for the entire webinar.
TAKE ACTION: Take ninety minutes to join the RESULTS this Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 pm ET. Here is the agenda:
- 1:00-1:30pm: Opening with RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter; racial equity discussion with guest Otis Rolley
- 1:30-2:00pm ET: Grassroots actions, successes, and shares
- 2:00-2:30pm: Advocate self-care with guest Janelle Stewart
If you have not previously registered for our monthly webinar, please register today to receive the webinar login and password (look for an e-mail from RESULTS this Thursday). Please plan to join at 1:00 pm ET and stay on for the full 90 minutes. The slides for the webinar will be available Friday afternoon on our National Webinars page.
Got Five Minutes? House unveils new HEROES Act – use media to push for a deal
House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are still holding out hope for a new COVID-19 agreement, but chances are not great for a deal before the election. Yesterday, the House unveiled a scaled-down version of the HEROES Act, which would invest $2.2 trillion in COVID relief measures.
The new bill is evidence that your advocacy over the last few months continues to make a difference. Each priority RESULTS volunteers and our allies have pushed for is addressed:
- $50 billion for rental assistance (through February 2021)
- National eviction moratorium for one year; removes declaration requirement currently in effect
- 15 percent increase in the maximum SNAP benefit
- Increase of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for workers without children, for tax year 2020
- Full refundability for the Child Tax Credit (CTC), for tax year 2020
- $10 billion for the global response to the pandemic
With over 200,000 American deaths and over 1 million worldwide and tens of millions of people economically displaced because of the pandemic, it is unconscionable that Senate leaders still seem content to do nothing. Your media thanking members of Congress who support relief now and calling out those who are standing in the way can help motivate politicians in Washington to get something done sooner rather than later.
TAKE ACTION: Take five minutes to tell your members of Congress to get their priorities straight. Use our updated media alert to submit a letter to the editor telling them to pass a COVID-19 bill that includes $100 billion in rental assistance now. Be sure to mention members of Congress by name to put pressure on them and the White House to enact new COVID-19 relief as soon as possible.
QUICK NEWS ON U.S. POVERTY
Join webinar on preventing evictions for communities of color. Join advocates for a webinar tomorrow, September 30 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic eviction crisis. With the virus developing at a higher rate in Black and Latino/Latinx communities, housing instability is being made worse. On this webinar, housing advocates working on behalf of marginalized communities will discuss the disproportionate impact of housing eviction on communities of color and share local and national perspectives. Register for the webinar here. And remember, a national moratorium on eviction is in place through December. Send renters you know this information to help them get protected.
Remember to register for the National Webinar. You will need a password to access our October 3 RESULTS National Webinar. Please fill out our webinar registration form to get on the list to receive the password.
Register for “Racial Equity and Housing Justice During and After COVID-19” with Ta-Nehisi Coates. NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and NLIHC will host a conversation on housing and racial equity after the pandemic with award winning journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates on October 6, at 1:00 pm ET. Register today for this live-stream event at: https://bit.ly/32yRqi6.
Join Candidate Engagement webinar next week. If you have a competitive congressional election coming up in your area, now is a great time to build a relationships with people running for office. Join our Engaging Election Candidates training to learn how to connect with candidates and build memorable relationships that will give you a head start in your advocacy after the election. The webinar is Thursday, October 8 at 8:30 pm ET. Register for the webinar today.
Join Welcoming New Advocates training in October. This month, over 500 people have contacted RESULTS about getting involved in our work. After an orientation period, many of these advocates will be introduced to local RESULTS groups. Their first impression of you is important. Join our Welcoming New Advocates training to learn the best practices for welcoming and integrating new advocates into your local groups. The webinar is Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 pm ET. Register today to attend.
Visit coronavirus blog for updates. Read the RESULTS coronavirus blog for the latest updates and actions you can take.
Receive action alerts via text. We are setting up a system to send some of our action alerts via text. If you’d like to receive text action alerts, please text RESULTS to 50457 to sign up for text action alerts.
Congressional schedule. Members of Congress are in DC. Submit your remote meeting requests today.
Tuesday, September 29: Presidential Debate, 9:00pm ET.
Saturday, October 3: RESULTS National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/994444828. You can also join by phone at (669) 900-6833 or (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 994 444 828. Please register for the webinar to receive the login password.
Wednesday, October 7: Vice Presidential Debate, 9:00 pm ET.
Thursday, October 8: Candidate Engagement training webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Register today.
Monday, October 12: Indigenous People’s Day. All RESULTS office closed.
Tuesday, October 13: New Advocate Orientation, 12:00 pm ET. Sign up online.
Tuesday, October 13: Welcoming New Advocates training webinar, 8:30 pm ET. Register today.
Tuesday, October 13: Putting The Righteous Mind into Practice webinar, 9:00 pm ET. Join the meeting using this link, meeting ID: 655 036 085, passcode: 641539.
Thursday, October 15: Presidential Debate, 9:00pm ET.
Monday, October 19: 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, October 20: U.S. Poverty Free Agents Webinars, 1:00 and 8:00pm ET. For information on how to join, please contact Jos Linn.
Tuesday, October 22: Presidential Debate, 9:00pm ET.
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