RESULTS Weekly Update June 7, 2022
Quote of the Week
“Don’t miss this chance to ask questions of an elected representative, an important part of our democracy.”
– RESULTS Snohomish, WA volunteer Willie Dickerson in a May 29 letter to the editor in The Columbian
Table of Contents
- Schedule Advocacy Month lobby meetings to talk about poverty
- Thank you for attending the RESULTS International Conference!
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Schedule Advocacy Month lobby meetings to talk about poverty
Members of Congress have returned to DC this week. With a full agenda and the clock ticking, now is the time to be telling them to take action on child poverty, global health, and malnutrition. Advocacy Month comes at just the right time to have these conversations.
On our U.S. Poverty campaigns, efforts to pass a new budget reconciliation package are heating up. While nothing is guaranteed, Senate negotiators are working behind the scenes to finalize a deal. One could be announced at any time. As reconciliation negotiations continue, meeting with Senate Democrats is a top priority. We want to urge them to include an extension of the enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) with permanent full refundability and monthly payment option. For Republican lawmakers, we want to enlist their support for a permanent extension of the CTC.
On our Global Poverty campaigns, we must continue to build support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Securing the full $18 billion Global Fund replenishment will save 20 million lives, make up lost ground from COVID-19, and prepare us for the next pandemic. It is imperative Congress support the U.S.’s traditional commitment of covering one-third of the replenishment. In this case, $6 billion over next three years. We also want the Senate to pass the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act (S.2956). The bill will help USAID better target nutrition resources to the populations who need them most.
Your lobby meetings this month will get us closer to achieving these goals.
TAKE ACTION: Here is what you can do to make Advocacy Month an enormous success:
- Request lobby meetings. Advocacy Month runs through July 8. Request face-to-face meetings during that period. If your state has delegates lobbying in Washington, DC on June 14, coordinate the meetings your group(s) will do there or 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. More calls are happening this week. If you don’t know when your state’s call is, or you need the recording link if it’s passed, 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 powerful lobby meetings. The recordings and materials from the 2022 RESULTS International Conference can also help (see details below).
- Take letters and media to lobby meetings. Magnify your voice in meetings. Use our 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.
Thank you for attending the RESULTS International Conference!
Thank you all for helping make the 2022 RESULTS International Conference a great success this past weekend. 300 people attended this year’s online event to hear Jelani Cobb, Joy Phumaphi, Francine Lipman, Dennis Shea, Joanne Carter, and others speak. Attendees got training on tax policy, housing, global health, malnutrition, storytelling, organizing, oppression, and more.
It takes a special group of people to spend a spring weekend getting educated and trained on how to be better advocates for the end poverty. You are that special group. Thank you again for making this an extraordinary weekend.
TAKE ACTION: The Conference experience does not have to end with the last session. Here are things you can do to keep the momentum from the Conference going:
- Make Advocacy Month a winner. Use the information and insights you learned from your Conference experience to have powerful lobby meetings during Advocacy Month. Use the Conference energy to convince your senators and representatives to make ending poverty a priority in Congress.
- Relive the experience. If you missed a session or you just want to experience it again, listen to the recording and view the slides. You can find recordings in Conference Agenda and slides on the Advocacy Month Resources page.
- Give us your feedback. Please take the 2022 International Conference survey to let us know about your experience and how we can improve things in the future.
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: Use information you learned at last weekend’s RESULTS International Conference to urge your lawmakers to expand the Child Tax Credit in tax or budget legislation this year.
- Global Poverty: Sadly, global hunger and malnutrition seem to be making the news almost daily due to inflation, unrest, and more. Your letters to the editor will be potent and timely.
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.
Vote for your next RESULTS Grassroots Board Member. RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund are looking to fill one of the four Grassroots Board Member positions to serve a term of three years beginning in August 2022. Grassroots Board Members represent the interest of our grassroots volunteers on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Board. We have three exciting candidates running for the open position. For information on all the candidates and how to vote, please check out our blog. Voting ends Thursday, June 30 at 11:59 pm ET.
Mark your calendars for July 14 Advocacy Month celebration! In lieu of our normal National Webinar on July 9, we will hold a special hour-long “celebration” webinar on July 14 to celebrate your accomplishments from Advocacy Month. The event will be Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 pm ET. Register today! If you registered for a previous monthly National Webinar, you don’t need to register for this event; we already have you on the list.
Anti-Oppression training update. We are grateful for RESULTS volunteer advocate and researcher, Dr. Christina Gunther, who facilitated a series of workshops this spring on diversity and inclusion, implicit bias and an understanding of racism and systemic oppression. 175 advocates completed this training, representing nearly every state! As RESULTS advocate Ruth Thurmond Scott said, “No matter where you are on the journey to becoming an antiracist/anti-oppression ambassador, RESULTS’ Diversity & Inclusion 101 Training can help. Even if you have experienced Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) training in other environments, it was valuable to participate with fellow volunteers with a common goal. It is a worthwhile investment of time for continuing personal and professional growth.” Don’t miss future sessions of this training, as well as other anti-oppression workshops this fall! Check out the list of resources and more information on those trainings at: https://results.org/volunteers/anti-oppression/.
June Policy Forums update. In lieu of traditional policy forums this month, watch for notice of special Advocacy Month office hours. Stay tuned for more information.
Congressional schedule. The House and Senate are in session 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.
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.
Monday, July 4: Independence Day holiday. All RESULTS offices closed.
Thursday, July 14: Advocacy Month celebration, 8:00 pm ET. Register today!
Tuesday, July 19: Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Check out more information.
Wednesday, July 20: RESULTS Action Network Managers webinar, 12:30 pm ET and 8:00 pm ET. Register for the afternoon or the evening session.
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.
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