RESULTS Weekly Update June 27, 2023
Quote of the Week
“Elephants never forget, they say, but people often do. Let’s be more like the elephants and keep our focus on ending TB.”
– RESULTS Albuquerque volunteer Roxanne Allen in a June 23 letter to the editor in the Albuquerque Journal
- Get signatures on a key TB letter by June 30!
- Media 150: Can you get a CTC letter this week?
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Get signatures on a key TB letter by June 30!
Time is of the essence! Can you make this important request today?
Thanks to everyone who has made the request of their representative to sign onto a bipartisan House letter to the Administration asking for bold leadership at this fall’s United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on tuberculosis. Your advocacy is making a difference, but we don’t want to let up. The UNHLM in September will be an important moment in the effort to mitigate the scourge of TB, and the U.S. needs to show real leadership. This letter to the Administration is co-led by Representatives Bera (D-CA-6), Salazar (R-FL-27), McCaul (R-TX-10), and Meeks (D-NY-5) and needs as many signatures as possible in order to have maximum influence. The deadline for members to sign on is Friday, June 30. Can you ask your representative to sign on?
After you make this letter request, don’t forget to ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the End Tuberculosis Now Act. The legislation is open for co-sponsorship in both the House (H.R.1776) and the Senate (S.288). You can check to see if your representative and senators have co-sponsored. If they have, please thank them! If they haven’t, please make your co-sponsorship request(s). This, too, will enhance the chances that the U.S. will “show up big” at the UNHLM meeting this fall.
TAKE ACTION: Before the June 30 deadline, please use our handy online action alert to craft a personalized message and request that your representative sign onto the important bipartisan House tuberculosis letter to the Administration in advance of the United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on tuberculosis this fall. You can even underscore this request with a letter to the editor on the importance of U.S. leadership at the UNHLM. After that, ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor the End Tuberculosis Now Act in both the House (H.R.1776) and the Senate (S.288).
Media 150: Can you get a CTC letter this week?
This is the last week for our spring Media 150 campaign. We are now at 161 media pieces since April 1, 11 above our target of 150. Know that your media is bringing critical issues regarding poverty to the forefront in your communities and in Congress.
And we now have the chance to make a bigger difference. Members of Congress are on recess until July 9. What better time for them to read your next letter to the editor about the Child Tax Credit (CTC) than when they are back home? Use letters to explain that the 2021 CTC expansion improved health for 1.08 million people and improved food security for 684,000 households. Remind them that studies show that expanding the CTC provides tremendous short- and long-term benefits for children and families with low incomes – improved health outcomes, better nutrition, stronger financial stability – while not having a negative impact on employment.
But we have our work cut out for us. Recent GOP tax proposals have focused on tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, with no changes to the CTC (nor the Earned Income Tax Credit). We must convince them to change their minds. Fortunately, some Republicans are already talking about the CTC a path to passing a bipartisan tax bill this year. Your media can help us get there.
TAKE ACTION: During this last week of our Media 150 campaign, pull out all the stops and submit letters to the editor urging Congress to expand the Child Tax Credit. Tell lawmakers that any tax bill this year must include expansions of the CTC (and EITC). Use our tax credit media alert (updated yesterday) to send your letters today. If you need help, please contact Jos Linn for assistance. When you get published, please let us know by filling out our Media Report Form.
Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
GOP tax proposals would give the wealthy huge tax breaks. A new paper by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that the House Republican tax proposals unveiled this month would be a huge gift to wealthy Americans. It shows the wealthiest one percent (average annual income = $2.5 million) getting a tax cut of $16,560 per year from the plan. Meanwhile, families in the bottom fifth of earners (average annual income = $13,800) would receive an average of $40.
The READ Act needs a boost. We have 10 different states and the District of Columbia represented by the current co-sponsors for the READ Act (H.R.681, S.41), on global education, but we need that list to grow. Are your state and your legislators in the mix? Don’t hesitate to make your co-sponsorship requests today.
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: The Child Tax Credit is linked to numerous benefits for children including better health, better performance in school, and better earnings as adults. This is one of the many reasons that expanding the Child Tax Credit must be a priority in any tax legislation this year.
- Global Poverty: Find your writing motivation via this piece by USAID on maternal and child health in Senegal titled “Safe Childbirth Close to Home.”
Board election voting ends tomorrow night! This is your last chance to vote for two upcoming vacancies on the RESULTS Board reserved for grassroots members of RESULTS. Voting ends just before midnight tomorrow night, June 28. If you have not voted yet, please see our RESULTS Blog post for info on the candidates and how to vote.
Join anti-oppression simulation this week. On Friday, June 30 at 12:00 p.m., join us for the Tribunal on Residential Segregation and Environmental Racism. In this 90-minute webinar, participants will play roles to better understand America’s history of segregation, from Jim Crow to today. It is recommended that you have significant background in anti-racism and implicit bias work before attending this workshop, e.g., participating in RESULTS’ Diversity & Inclusion 101, Anti-Oppression 201: Structural Racism, and Oppression: The Missing Perspectives workshops. Register here.
Remember – National Webinar is July 8. Due to the Independence Day holiday, the July National webinar will be held on Saturday, July 8. We’re excited to welcome Neesha Suarez, Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06), who will share her insights and expert tips on how to have effective and meaningful in-district lobby meetings during the August recess. RESULTS staff will also provide tools to help you schedule, plan, and make the most of these meetings. Register today.
Check out the new RESULTS home page! We have a new home page! It’s a new look, but with the same navigation. Try out the new “I am…Interested in…” menu to find what you need. Note also that our “Inequality & Tax Policy” issue title is now “Economic Justice in the Tax Code” and we now have donation info at the bottom of the page. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions about the new home page.
Honor a milestone in your life and support RESULTS. Many of our volunteers and staff invite their friends and family to join them in the fight to end poverty by celebrating a milestone or honoring the memory of a loved one through an online fundraiser. They’re easy to create with our new step-by-step guide, raise critical funds, and help to spread the word about our efforts. Start your fundraiser or support someone else’s.
Keep planning in-person events. To strengthen and grow our community of advocates, RESULTS is prioritizing groups getting together for in-person events this year. To help you, we have a new in-person events resource guide for tips in planning and running a successful event. Also, get direct coaching from RESULTS staff during our Event Planning and Outreach Office Hours on June 29, 12:00-1:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or call (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370. No registration required.
Congressional schedule: June 26-July 2. The House and Senate are on recess this week.
Typically, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.
Thursday, June 29: Event and Outreach Office Hour, 12:00 pm ET. Join at https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370. No registration required.
Friday, June 30: Anti-oppression Applied Learning Simulation, 12:00 pm ET. Learn more about this important 90-minute webinar.
Tuesday, July 4: Independence Day holiday. All RESULTS offices closed.
Saturday, July 8: National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET (adjusted date). Register today.
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: 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.
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