RESULTS Weekly Update November 1, 2022
Quote of the Week
“While the global impact of TB is devastating, there is a solution in saving lives through supporting the End TB Now Act.”
– RESULTS Miami volunteers Yanick Perodin and Betsy Skipp in an October 28 op-ed in the Miami Herald
- Write your local paper about End TB Now Act co-sponsorship
- Your CTC letters to the editor are needed now
- Join National Webinar this Saturday with Jeff Gerritt
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Write your local paper about End TB Now Act co-sponsorship
For decades, tuberculosis has been the world’s deadliest infectious disease. In only the last two years has its death rate been eclipsed by COVID-19. But the two diseases are inexorably intertwined. With resources diverted to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, TB infections and deaths are on the rise again after a decade of decline. A new report from the World Health Organization tells us that TB mortality rose in 2021 to 1.6 million people.
The End TB Now Act (S.3386/H.R.8654) seeks to turn this tide, but co-sponsors are needed. Utilize our backgrounder materials and our new November Global Poverty Action Sheet to write a letter to the editor that calls on Congress to co-sponsor this legislation and make a global difference.
TAKE ACTION: Read our End TB Now Act one-pager to better understand the legislation and then use (and share) the new November Global Poverty Action Sheet to write a letter to the editor that calls on Congress to co-sponsor this must-pass legislation. Our goal is to get 100 media pieces this month on the child tax credit and global TB (see below). If you need assistance with your letters, please contact Jos Linn.
After you write (and hopefully get published!), you can find co-sponsor tracking on our website. Send your printed letter to your legislators to encourage co-sponsorship. And if your legislators do co-sponsor, you may wish to thank them and request that they encourage other colleagues to do the same.
Your CTC letters to the editor are needed now
Regardless of what happens in next week’s election, Congress has work to complete before the end of the year. The priority anti-poverty advocates are pushing is reinstatement of an expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). Mostly due to the 2021 expansion of the CTC, including monthly payments, child poverty dropped an astounding 46 percent last year. The CTC alone lifted 5.3 million people out of poverty, including 2.9 million children.
Sadly, after the expansion expired last December, child poverty dramatically increased. In addition, employment decreased for CTC recipients highlighting the importance of the CTC payments helping families afford childcare, transportation, and stable housing.
When Congress returns to Washington after the election, part of their agenda will be to pass tax breaks to help wealthy corporations. It is imperative that Congress also expand the CTC to all low-income families. Your local media this month can help push Congress to expand the CTC this year.
TAKE ACTION: Submit a letter to the editor telling Congress no tax cuts for corporations without help for children and families. Urge them to expand the Child Tax Credit in tax legislation this year. Use the November U.S. Poverty Action Sheet for talking points and publishing tips for your letter. Our goal is to get 100 media pieces this month on the CTC and global TB (see above), if you need help with your letters, please contact Jos Linn.
Join National Webinar this Saturday with Jeff Gerritt
To get a Child Tax Credit expansion and pass the End TB Now Act this year, we need media. That’s why we are setting a goal of 100 published media pieces on these two issues in November. To help us get there, we are excited to have Jeff Gerritt, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as our guest speaker on the November RESULTS National Webinar. He will share his insights and expertise as an editor on how to best get media published. We will also provide a brief training on how to write letters to the editor and preview our big post-election webinar/outreach event on November 17. Join us!
TAKE ACTION: The November RESULTS National Webinar is this Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar today. Once registered, you will receive login information later this week via e-mail (please check your junk or spam folders if you have not received anything by Friday afternoon). The webinar slides and recording will be available on our National Webinars page. Note: Because Mr. Gerritt is our only speaker this month, please join the webinar at 1:00pm ET and stay on for the duration.
Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
Urge House Democrats to sign CTC letter. To build support for a CTC expansion this year, please contact tax aides for House Democrats to ask their bosses to sign this letter. The letter urges congressional leaders not to pass more corporate tax breaks this year without also expanding the CTC. The deadline to sign on is now Thursday, November 10. You can track co-signers here.
Share CTC webinar recording with tax aides. The recording is now available for the Addressing Hunger and Poverty: A Briefing on the Urgent Need for the Child Tax Credit Expansion webinar, featuring RESULTS Expert on Poverty Clara Moore. To listen, use this link and passcode: N3C7nA5=. Also, please share recording with congressional tax aide the next time you are in contact with them.
Urge local hunger organizations to sign CTC/EITC letter. The Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit play a pivotal role in reducing hunger and poverty in communities around the country. To build support for a renewed CTC and EITC expansion this year, urge local hunger and poverty organizations to add their names to this sign-on letter. The deadline for organizations to sign on is Thursday, November 10.
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 election-related stories to urge Congress to take action to help American families after the election is over. Tell them to expand the CTC before the end of the year.
- Global Poverty: The new World Health Organization’s report on global TB is full of salient statistics you can use to write a compelling letter to the editor which calls on Congress to co-sponsor the End TB Now Act.
What is your plan to vote? Next week’s election will set the course forward on our issues for the next few years. It is therefore imperative that we all make our voices heard at the ballot box. If you have not voted already, what is your plan to vote? Go to www.vote.org to check on your registration and how to vote in your state.
Have you invited people to our November 17 event? After the election, RESULTS will host a special RESULTS Post-Election Webinar “What’s next in the fight against poverty?” This is a fantastic opportunity for both existing and new advocates to hear what the new Congress might do on our policy priorities. You’ll also get to take action on the Child Tax Credit and global TB pushing Congress to pass legislation on these issues in 2022. Get energized and motivated to move our agenda forward! The webinar is Thursday, November 17 at 8:30 pm ET. Register for the webinar and then use this guide to invite people you know to attend. This webinar is perfect for new people wanting to learn how to make a difference. Reach out to people you know and invite them to attend!
Apply for the 2023 RESULTS Fellowship. We are now accepting applications for the 2023 class of the RESULTS Advocacy & Organizing Fellowship. 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 other dynamic young leaders. For all the details on eligibility and how to apply, check out our website. The application deadline is November 30.
Join Group Leader Office Hour on Thursday. Join RESULTS staff member Lisa Marchal and DC-area Group Leader Lisa Peters on Thursday, November 3, 8:30-10:00 pm ET for a drop-in conversation on best practices, tips, and support for your group leadership. Bring your questions! Join in at https://results.zoom.us/j/92629726832 or call in to (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 926 2972 6832.
Join Grassroots Board Town Hall next week. RESULTS now faces great opportunities to fulfill our mission but must amplify the capacity of our volunteers. What will it take to become more capable and increase our impact? How do we inspire members of Congress before year’s end? Grassroots volunteers are at the center of this event. Join our next Grassroots Board Town Hall to hear a brief update on the Board of Directors, a review of resources provided by staff, inspiring shares of volunteers’ successes, and a detailed discussion on amplifying our capacity to impact congressional action. Come share your needs, ideas, and resources. The Town Hall is November 10 at 9:00 pm ET. Join via Zoom at: https://results.zoom.us/j/96979080608 or dial (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 969 7908 0608.
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.
Thursday, November 3: Group Leader Office Hour, 8:30 pm ET. Join in at https://results.zoom.us/j/92629726832 at any time during the 90-minute session or call in to (929) 436-2866, meeting ID 926 2972 6832.
Saturday, November 5: Monthly National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register here.
Tuesday, November 8: Election Day. Please vote!
Thursday, November 10: The Global Allies Program: Partners Ending Poverty with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Register here,
Thursday, November 10: Grassroots Board Town Hall, 9:00 pm ET. Join via Zoom at: https://results.zoom.us/j/96979080608 or dial (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 969 7908 0608.
Friday, November 11: Veterans’ Day. All RESULTS offices closed.
Tuesday, November 15: U.S. Poverty Free Agents, 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm ET. Contact Jos Linn for more information.
Tuesday, November 15: Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Learn more.
Tuesday, November 15: Diversity and Inclusion 101, 8:30 pm ET. Read details and register.
Wednesday, November 16: Action Network Managers (afternoon option), 12:30 pm ET. Register.
Wednesday, November 16: Action Network Managers (evening option), 8:00 pm ET. Register.
Wednesday, November 16: 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.
Thursday, November 17: RESULTS Post-Election Webinar: What’s next in the fight against poverty?, 8:30 pm ET. Register for the webinar.
Thursday, November 24-Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving holiday break. All RESULTS offices closed.
Monday, November 28: Global Poverty Free Agents, 7:00 pm ET. Contact Lisa Marchal at [email protected] for information on how to join.
Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.
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