RESULTS Weekly Update November 15, 2022
Quote of the Week
“In the U.S., we are fortunate that TB is not the scourge that it is elsewhere in the world.”
– RESULTS Cleveland volunteer Allison Gallaher in a November 11 letter to the editor in the Elyria (Chronicle Telegram (OH)
- Join our Post-Election Webinar this Thursday
- Urge Congress to expand the CTC now
- Secure co-sponsors for the End TB Now Act
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Join our Post-Election Webinar this Thursday
The November election is now over. The Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate and leadership of the House is still in question. What does all this mean for RESULTS anti-poverty work? To find out, join us this Thursday, November 17 at 8:30 pm ET for our special, post-election webinar “What’s next in the fight against poverty?”. We’ll share insights on how the election could impact our work on tax policy, housing, global health, and global education. We’ll also discuss what you can still do right now to impact our U.S. and global poverty campaigns in 2022. Join us!
TAKE ACTION: Register for Thursday’s post-election webinar today. It is a fantastic opportunity to hear what the new Congress might do on RESULTS’ policy priorities and also take action on the Child Tax Credit and the End TB Now Act. If you have already registered, you will receive your confirmation e-mail tomorrow.
Also, invite everyone you know. This event is designed for current advocates, new advocates, people who have never heard of RESULTS, and people brand new to advocacy. Use this guide, which has templates for invitations, to invite friends, family, colleagues, and others you know. Help us build the movement to end poverty!
Urge Congress to expand the CTC now
The sprint has begun! With the election now over, Congress is back in Washington this week to start the wrap-up of their 2022 legislative business. Will they expand the Child Tax Credit again? For the next five weeks, we’re going to do all we can to make sure they do.
Just a reminder, it was the Child Tax Credit monthly payments that helped cut child poverty by 46 percent last year. It was the Child Tax Credit monthly payments that helped parents afford necessities such as rent, food, gas, utilities, childcare, and clothes for their kids. It was the Child Tax Credit monthly payments that lifted more than 3 million children from poverty each month they went out. And it was the Child Tax Credit monthly payments that helped 19 million children finally receive the full credit, for which they are no longer eligible (see Appendix Table 1 here for state-by-state numbers).
Why again is this not at the top of Congress’ agenda?
Congress is expected to take up a corporate tax bill during the lame duck session. That bill must also include the CTC expansion. Families must come first. Here’s how you can help make that happen.
TAKE ACTION: Gather your fellow volunteers and sharpen your advocacy tools because it’s go time. To maximize the chances that Congress passes a CTC expansion this year, we must do any and all of the following:
- Reach out to tax aides this week. Ask them where things stand with year-end bill. Ask their bosses to tell congressional leadership not to pass any corporate tax bill unless a CTC expansion is also included. Use our U.S. Poverty Laser Talks for messaging. Please contact them this week; everyone will be gone next week for Thanksgiving. If you need coaching, please contact David Plasterer.
- Get media published. Keep the pressure on with published media calling on your members of Congress by name to prioritize the CTC. That’s why we’ve set a goal of 100 media pieces on the CTC (and TB) in November. Use our November U.S. Poverty Action Sheet to write a strong letter to the editor urging Congress to not pass any corporate tax cuts without an expansion of the CTC. Or send your letter using our online media action. Once you get published, send your letter to your House and Senate tax aides ASAP. If you need media coaching, contact Jos Linn or join our Media Office Hour tomorrow (see details below).
Secure co-sponsors for the End TB Now Act
The End TB Now Act calls for improved allocation of existing tuberculosis treatment and prevention resources to countries and communities who need it most. It would enhance congressional accountability so that TB programs are more effective and help the world achieve life-saving outcomes. COVID-19 created a massive setback in dealing with TB. TB exploits and exacerbates poverty and disproportionally hurts the marginalized. We must address this setback and right the ship. Direct co-sponsorship requests buoyed by your powerful media will create a huge positive impact. Once you’ve made your co-sponsorship request, remember that media is extremely helpful to underscoring your request. We’ve set a goal of getting 100 media pieces on our current campaigns this month. Don’t hesitate to act!
TAKE ACTION: After you contact your members of Congress about co-sponsoring the End TB Now Act (using our TB laser talk), pen your letters to the editor telling Congress pass the End TB Now Act. Our November Action Sheet offers helpful statistics and talking points so you can create a personalized letter. Enroll others who might be newer to writing by sharing the media templates in our Action Center. If you need any letter-writing help, please contact Jos Linn at [email protected] for terrific tips and support. Let’s make those co-sponsorship requests and submit those letters right away!
Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
Last day to claim 2021 CTC and EITC! Today, November 15, 2022 is the deadline for families that did not get their advance Child Tax Credit payments, who have not filed a 2021 tax return, or who do not have recent income, to claim their 2021 CTC. It is also the last day for low-income workers without dependents to claim their expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Don’t be late – go to www.getctc.org to file today!
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: The election is over. Now it’s time for Congress to get back to work for the American people. Expanding the Child Tax Credit should be at the top of their to-do list.
- Global Poverty: The upcoming holiday season reminds us how grateful we are for the gift of good health. Ask Congress to prioritize global health by passing the End TB Now Act.
Take part in our GivingTuesday fundraiser. Help fund the future of RESULTS! The RESULTS Educational Fund fall 2022 peer-to-peer online fundraiser is on GivingTuesday, November 29. This year, you can create your own customized fundraising webpage to view donations in real-time! We’ve also created a toolkit with helpful tips and email and social media templates. Start your fundraiser today! Contact Melissa Strobel, Director of Development, at [email protected] or (202) 783-4800 x221 with questions or for support.
Need media coaching? Join media office hour tomorrow. With media as our main action this month, if you need help finding hooks, need data, or need editing help for your latest media piece, join RESULTS staff for our media office hour tomorrow, November 16 at 2:00pm ET. Join via Zoom at: https://results.zoom.us/j/93668005494 or (312) 626-6799, meeting ID: 936 6800 5494.
Apply to join our Experts on Poverty cohort. The RESULTS Experts on Poverty (EOP) are a powerful cohort of eight individuals with lived experience of poverty. The program helps empower those with lived experience and provides them with the tools and skillsets to become powerful speakers, facilitators, and trainers. Applications are open for four new Experts to join our cohort. View our EOP application guide for the benefits, expectations, and requirements of the program. The deadline to apply is November 30. If you have any questions, please contact LaKeisha McVey at [email protected].
Only two weeks left to 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.
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.
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: 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.
Tuesday, November 29: GivingTuesday RESULTS online fundraiser. Read more.
Thursday, December 1: Diversity and Inclusion 101, 12:00 pm ET. Read details and register.
Saturday, December 3: Monthly National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register here.
Thursday, December 8: The Global Allies Program: Partners Ending Poverty with RESULTS, 8:30 pm ET. Register here.
Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.
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