RESULTS Weekly Update June 1, 2022


June 1, 2022

Quote of the Week

“I was so inspired at the International Conference. There were such amazing speakers and everyone there was so supportive. To see people my age caring about these issues was awesome.”

– Minh Nguyen, former RESULTS Fellow and Election Fellow.

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Join the RESULTS International Conference this weekend!

It is finally here! After months of hype, the RESULTS International Conference is this weekend. We have a great event planned for you with exciting speakers, engaging presentations, and valuable trainings. Here are a few of our Conference speakers:

  • Jelani Cobb, Author, Staff Writer at The New Yorker, and Professor of Journalism at Columbia University
  • Francine Lipman, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, UNLV – William S. Boyd School of Law
  • Dennis Shea, Executive Director, J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Joy Phumaphi, Co-CEO of Clinton Health Access Initiative and former Minister of Health of Botswana
  • Aaron Carrillo, RESULTS Advocate and Expert on Poverty
  • Lindsay Sheridan, Senior Advisor, Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Results Canada
  • Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS

Check out the agenda to see all the great offerings at this year’s Conference. The information and insights you learn will be assets for your lobby meetings during Advocacy Month.

But the best part of the RESULTS International Conference is always you – our volunteers. Gathering with several hundred of your fellow anti-poverty advocates is a thrilling experience. There is a special feeling in seeing and knowing you are part of an enthusiastic and noble movement for positive change.

Don’t miss this great event!

TAKE ACTION: Be a part of this exciting event! If you haven’t already, register for the RESULTS International Conference, June 4-5 (virtual event). The deadline to register for the International Conference is this Thursday, June 2 at 11:59 pm ET. RESULTS will email you instructions on how to join the conference sessions online later this week. Register today!

Meet with members of Congress to talk practical solutions to U.S. and global poverty

Advocacy Month has begun! Meet face-to-face with your representatives and senators this month to discuss ways we can reduce child poverty, improve health, and foster good nutrition. Specifically:

U.S. Poverty: Urge your members of Congress to support an extension of the enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) with permanent full refundability and monthly payment option. For Democrats, especially in the Senate, urge them to include an extension in the budget reconciliation bill now being negotiated. For Republicans, urge them to support long-term improvements to the CTC that provide the full credit to all low-income families, help families with rising costs, and reduce child poverty.

Global Poverty: Ask your legislators to support the U.S.’ ongoing commitment to cover one-third of the new replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ($6 billion total). This will help save 20 million lives over the next three years. That amount to $2 billion per year for fiscal years 2023-25. Also, ask senators to co-sponsor the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act (S.2956) and pass it now (as the House did).

TAKE ACTION: Here is what you can do to make Advocacy Month a great success:

  • Connect with lawmakers during this week’s recess. Lawmakers are home this week for the Memorial Day recess. Contact their offices to set up any last-minute lobby meetings to make the above requests. Also, check with their local offices to see if they are doing any public events this week you can attend to ask a question.
  • Also request lobby meetings for June. Advocacy Month runs May 30-July 8, so if you cannot get a meeting this week, request face-to-face meetings for a time in June. If your state has delegates lobbying in Washington, DC, June 12-14, coordinate to determine which meetings your group(s) will do there and at home. If you cannot get face-to-face meetings, set up meetings with the appropriate aide(s) in the member’s DC office.
  • Please attend your state lobby prep meeting. Lobby prep calls with RESULTS staff help you plan and coordinate your lobby meetings. Calls have already started. If you don’t know when your state’s call is, please contact RESULTS Policy Associate Katie Fleischer
  • Read lobbying materials. Visit our Advocacy Month resources page for background briefs, laser talks, and lobbying materials. This information will help you prepare for and feel confident going into your upcoming lobby meetings.
  • Take letters and media to lobby meetings. Magnify your voice in meetings. Use our May Action Sheets to ask people to write letters you can deliver in lobby meetings. Also, take any recent published media to your meetings. You can find published media in our Grassroots Media Packets.
  • Ask for help. If you need help with anything – scheduling meetings, understanding requests, getting a pep talk – please contact us. We are here to help.

Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty

Media hooks of the week. To help you in your media advocacy, here are suggested media “hooks” this week to use in letters to the editor:

  • U.S. Poverty: Lawmakers who oppose “full refundability” for the CTC (i.e., no work requirement) because it disincentivizes work are simply wrong. New data from the Tax Policy Center shows (see Figure 4) that the employment rate for CTC recipients went up between December 2020 and December 2021 (the CTC payments went out July-December 2021).
  • Global Poverty: In May, the Biden Administration co-hosted a second Global COVID Summit. Despite raising $3.2 billion in new funding from other countries, the U.S. offered no new funding. Read more on our blog and write a letter to the editor about the need to fund this effort while memory of the Summit is still fresh.

Families continue to struggle. New Economic Security Project/YouGov data shows 49 percent of people can’t cover a $400 emergency with cash. In November 2021, when monthly CTC payments were going out, it was 32 percent.

How do we solve the housing crisis? Read our new housing RESULTS Blog post from Senior Policy Associate Michael Santos. He discusses how to address the U.S. affordable housing crisis, and how the Child Tax Credit can help.

More information on emergency supplemental for Ukraine. An emergency supplemental focused on the war in Ukraine was recently signed into law. It included humanitarian emergency food aid and connects with food access and malnutrition related to the war. To learn more and how the bill might positively impact lives affected by the violence, check out our blog.

Your FY23 appropriations work finishes in the Senate. Your advocacy has helped place our global poverty priorities center stage during the FY23 appropriations process. Thank you! Many of you submitted FY23 global funding requests and asked offices to forward those funding requests to the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee (SFOPS) of Appropriations. You also gathered signatures on “Dear Colleague” sign-on letters. You helped secure 35 signatures on the Senate global maternal and child health/nutrition letter, 30 signatures on the Senate global tuberculosis letter, and 36 signatures on the Senate letter supporting the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Great work! Find the full details on the RESULTS blog.

Announcements

Plan for Advocacy Month celebration in July! In lieu of our normal National Webinar on July 9, we will hold a special webinar to conclude Advocacy Month and celebrate your wonderful lobbying successes. Stay tuned for the date and time of this fun event.

Health disparities forum recording available. If you missed the May 21 health disparities and COVID-19 webinar hosted by the RESULTS Washington, DC and Maryland groups, watch the recording online. Watch to learn how COVID-19 pandemic has exposed health inequality and exacerbated health disparities around the globe.

Upcoming Events

Congressional schedule. The House and Senate are on recess this week.

Unless otherwise noted, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.

RESULTS Advocacy Month, May 30 – July 8. Learn more on our website.

Saturday, June 4-Sunday, June 5: RESULTS International Conference. Register today! Deadline to register is Thursday, June 2 at 11:59 pm ET.

Thursday, June 9: Global Allies webinar with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, 8:30 pm ET. Register today.

Sunday, June 12-Tuesday, June 14: RESULTS Advocacy Convening in Washington, DC.

Monday, June 20: Juneteenth holiday. All RESULTS offices closed.

Tuesday, June 21: Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Check out more information.

Note: There are no U.S. Poverty or Global Poverty Free Agents webinars in June.

Grassroots Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Volunteers Hub, including our anti-oppression resources. To join the RESULTS listserv for more RESULTS conversation, send an email to [email protected]

Remember to please report your recent advocacy successes in lobby meetings, media, and outreach activities. Also, use our Volunteer Information Form to add or edit volunteer info and to sign up for updates and alerts.

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.

RESULTS Staff directory and job postings.

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