RESULTS Weekly Update July 11, 2023
Quote of the Week
“Before COVID, TB was the biggest infectious killer, and it will be again because the COVID fighting infrastructure drew from existing TB fighting resources.”
– RESULTS Oakland volunteer Sue Oehser in a July 5 letter to the editor in the East Bay Times
- One more day for House TB letter signatures!
- Set up lobby meetings for August to talk CTC and TB
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
One more day for House TB letter signatures!
The deadline to sign the bipartisan House United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) letter to the Administration has been extended just once more to tomorrow, July 12. We are approaching 100 signers and would love to exceed that. This letter, co-led by Representatives Bera (D-CA-6), Salazar (R-FL-27), McCaul (R-TX-10), and Meeks (D-NY-5), urges bold leadership at the September 22 UNHLM on tuberculosis. This will be a pivotal meeting. We want to turn around the lost progress we experienced in battling this disease of poverty during the pandemic.
TAKE ACTION: Please use our online action alert to send a personalized message requesting your representative sign the letter today. And please plan to follow up Wednesday morning to make sure they sign on.
Set up lobby meetings for August to talk CTC and TB
In July, we are focusing on August. The congressional August recess, that is. Members of Congress will be on recess that entire month (July 31-September 4) making it an ideal time to meet with them. As discussed on last weekend’s July National Webinar, the recess also a good opportunity to get to know local congressional staff. On the webinar, Neesha Suarez, Deputy Director for Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6), shared her insights on how to make the most of meetings with local staff, including tactics for making an impression and things to avoid.
The timing of these meetings is important. For our U.S. Poverty campaigns, our focus in August meetings is the Child Tax Credit. On the webinar, RESULTS’ David Plasterer reviewed our current request for House and Senate offices to expand the CTC in tax legislation this year. Two years ago this month, the first CTC monthly payments went out, lifting 3 million children from poverty. We know how to end child poverty – expand the CTC. Unfortunately, offices are telling DC advocates that they are not hearing enough from constituents about the CTC. After your meetings in August, supplemented with CTC media and letters from constituents, they won’t be able to say that.
Recess meetings are also critical to our Global Poverty campaigns. With the UN High Level Meeting on tuberculosis happening in September and the End TB Now Act still awaiting action in Congress, we need to push members of Congress to take a stand against TB. Use your recess meetings to call lawmakers to leadership to finally end this deadly infectious disease.
TAKE ACTION: Take advantage of members of Congress being home in August by requesting lobby meetings with them and their local staff. The RESULTS website has resources to help you, including a sample request letter, a new congressional recess checklist, updated issue requests, and more. If you need help, please contact RESULTS staff. And be sure to review our July National Webinar recording for helpful tips to prepare you for lobby meetings in August.
Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
Read new blog post on SCOTUS case. Read our new RESULTS Blog post on what we can learn from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling ending affirmative action in college admissions.
Join webinar on work requirements and SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest food assistance program, is facing new work reporting requirements as part of the debt ceiling deal. Join the Alliance to End Hunger for a webinar to discuss research and information on the nuances of work requirements and time limits, the impact of work requirements on program and workforce participation, and how work requirements may exacerbate hunger disparities and cause additional harm to older Americans. The webinar is Wednesday, July 19, 3:00-4:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar today.
CTC event postponed. On Saturday’s National Webinar, we mentioned that RESULTS Experts on Poverty would be participating in a July 20 event about the Child Tax Credit. The event has been postponed. When it is rescheduled, we will let you know.
Media hooks for the week. Use the hook ideas below to submit a letter to the editor this week. If you need a template, use our online media actions to edit and submit your letter today.
- U.S. Poverty: July marks the two-year anniversary of the first CTC monthly payments going out (they stopped after December 2021). That first payment lifted 3 million children from poverty. Use this as a hook to demand that Congress again expand the Child Tax Credit to families with low incomes in tax legislation this year.
- Global Poverty: Read a brand new opinion piece in The Hill by former members of the House Nita Lowey and Ed Royce. The subject? How crucial it is that the READ Act on global education be passed. Read this piece to inspire your own letter to the editor.
Meet the new Grassroots Board Members! We are pleased to announce that you, our volunteers, have elected Aaron Carrillo (RESULTS Expert on Poverty) and Allison Gallaher (RESULTS Cleveland) as your new Grassroots Board members. To welcome them, please join the Grassroots Directors Committee of the RESULTS Board for our next Grassroots Board Member Town Hall on Thursday, August 10 at 8:30 pm ET. Learn more about the GRDC and how we can be a resource to you. All are welcome! To join the meeting, login at this Zoom link, meeting ID: 950 0654 6243, passcode: Grassroots.
2024 Fellowship application is now open. The RESULTS Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship is recruiting for its 10th class. Applications are now open online. The RESULTS Fellowship is an 11-month program designed for activists ages 20-35 to harness the power of their voice, sharpen their advocacy and organizing skills, and take action with dozens of dynamic young leaders. RESULTS Fellows advocate at the intersections of poverty and anti-oppression and learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change. Application closes October 31. Any questions, please email [email protected]. Join us for an information session on July 12, August 9, and September 13. Please register here. Apply to be a part of this transformational experience and become a part of our powerful cohort of activists.
Read about your impact in our 2022 Annual Report. RESULTS advocates from across the U.S. — with support from donors in all 50 states — reentered the halls of Congress (and Zoom rooms, town halls, and opinion pages) to demand action to end poverty and inequity. And, once again, we proved that our voices have power! Thank you for being part of our vibrant community — and for believing that, together, we can help create a more equitable, just, and healthy world. Read the report online.
Note upcoming webinar date changes. Due to Labor Day, the September National Webinar will be Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 pm ET. Also, due to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the October National Webinar will be Saturday, October 14 at 12:00-3:00 pm ET. The October webinar will focus on taking a deep look at our U.S. poverty campaigns, particularly how “work requirements” are rooted in and perpetuate oppression. Stay tuned for more details soon.
Congressional schedule: July 10-16. The House and Senate are in session this week.
Typically, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.
Thursday, July 13: Event Planning and Outreach Office Hour, 1:00 pm ET. Drop in via https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or call (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370.
Thursday, July 13: Global Allies Program with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more here.
Tuesday, July 18: U.S. Poverty Free Agents, 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm ET. Contact Jos Linn for more information.
Tuesday, July 18: Together Women Rise/RESULTS Advocacy Chapter, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more.
Wednesday, July 19: Action Network Managers webinar, 12:30 pm and 8:00 pm ET. (Choose your time.) Join the 12:30 pm ET session at https://results.zoom.us/j/93288388695. Join the 8:00 pm ET session at https://results.zoom.us/j/91531456676. No registration required.
Wednesday, July 19: Media Office Hour, 2:00 pm ET. Join via Zoom at https://results.zoom.us/j/93668005494 or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 936 6800 5494. No registration required.
Thursday, July 20: Event Planning and Outreach Office Hour, 1:00 pm ET. Drop in via https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or call (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370.
Thursday, July 20: U.S. Poverty Policy Forum, 8:00 pm ET. Register today.
Thursday, July 20: Global Poverty Policy Forum, 9:00 pm ET. Register today.
Monday, July 24: Global Poverty Free Agents, 7:00 pm ET. Contact Lisa Marchal for more information.
Thursday, July 27: Event Planning and Outreach Office Hour, 1:00 pm ET. Drop in via https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or call (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370.
Friday, July 28: Anti-oppression Learning Community Meeting, 12:00 pm ET. Learn more about this 90-minute gathering and register.
Monday, July 31-Monday, September 4: August congressional recess. Request lobby meetings for the recess today.
Tuesday, August 1: Group Leader Office Hour, 1:00 pm ET. Craving some top tips for the Group Leader role? Join any time during the 60-minute session. No registration needed; join at https://results.zoom.us/j/6602641580.
Saturday, August 5: National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register today.
Thursday, August 10: Grassroots Board Member Town Hall, 8:30 pm ET. Join at this Zoom link, meeting ID: 950 0654 6243, passcode: Grassroots.
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