RESULTS Weekly Update October 31, 2023
Quote of the Week
“The READ Act will empower the world to get back on track with education, particularly for girls in conflict-ridden nations.”
– RESULTS Philadelphia volunteer Betsy Teutsch in an October 23 letter to the editor in the Philadelphia Inquirer
- Build the Buy-in: Let’s scare up more media about poverty
- Join National Webinar this Saturday with Caitlin Peruccio and Dr. Oby
- Quick News on U.S. and Global Poverty
- Upcoming Events
- Grassroots Resources
Build the Buy-in: Let’s scare up more media about poverty
Happy Halloween! After a few frightening weeks in Washington when legislation didn’t have a ghost of a chance, the nation’s capital is now reanimated. Last week, House GOP members elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA-4) as their new Speaker. Immediately, the new Speaker faces hurdles that would scare Van Helsing himself. A budget deadline on November 17, a contentious fight over funding for Ukraine and Israel, as well as important issues long ignored. The situation is simply monstrous.
The good news is that Congress is no longer under the hex of a Speaker fight. The bad news is that there’s little time to resurrect all that needs doing. Despite the gruesome outlook, we remain steadfast. You have taken on a big undertaking to achieve success. Since September 1, you’ve gotten 110 media pieces in 35 states on the Child Tax Credit, global tuberculosis, and global education. It’s enough to make you scream with excitement! But to transmogrify potential into policy, we don’t need hocus-pocus. We need more of the same. A (Salem’s) LOT more of the same.
TAKE ACTION: Help us scare up more media this week as we continue our Build the Buy-in campaign. Generate letters to the editor and op-eds to tell Congress to expand the Child Tax Credit, pass the End Tuberculosis Now Act, and pass the READ Act Reauthorization. Here are some iron hooks to help you:
Child Tax Credit: Our partners at Columbia University have taken Census data to identify the impact of the 2021 Child Tax Credit at the state level. Their new report shows poverty rates by state alphabetically (p. 3) and the magnitude of each state’s child poverty reduction (p. 2). Use this data as a hook for more letters to the editor urging Congress to expand the CTC as well as in your meetings with key congressional offices.
End Tuberculosis (TB) Now Act: The Stop TB Partnership estimates that delaying or failing to implement the UN End TB Strategy goals will mean 43 million people developing TB, leading to 6.6 million deaths by 2030. We must achieve co-sponsorships for – and passage of – the End Tuberculosis Now Act.
READ Act Reauthorization: According to a new UNESCO report, one in six of the world’s children are not getting the education they deserve. In order for the world to achieve the 2030 goals, we must enroll one child in school every two seconds between now and that date. This is why co-sponsorship and passage of the READ Act Reauthorization is so crucial.
Once you get published, don’t let your media decompose; send the media in your possession to the relevant aides in your congressional offices (and please let us know too).
Join National Webinar this Saturday with Caitlin Peruccio and Dr. Oby Ezekwesili
Please join us for the RESULTS National Webinar this Saturday, November 4 at 1:00 pm ET. With all the drama in Washington over the last month, it’s a good time to check in on the status of our current priorities. We are pleased to welcome two special guests to help us. In the U.S. Poverty section (1:00-1:30 pm ET), Caitlin Peruccio, Legislative Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3), will update us on getting an expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) this year. In the Global Poverty section (2:00-2:30 pm ET), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, President of Human Capital Africa and Senior Economic Advisor at Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, will be joining us to offer context and insights for our global campaigns. During our grassroots section (1:30-2:00 pm ET), we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the RESULTS Fellowship, highlighting the impact the program has had on Fellows and RESULTS alike. Please join us.
TAKE ACTION: Join the RESULTS National Webinar this Saturday, November 4, 1:00-2:30 pm ET. If you have not registered the National Webinar in 2023, register today (you only need register once per year). You will receive your registration confirmation and Zoom 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.
Follow-up on the UN High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis. If you missed our special webinar, “Making an impact on the global stage: Behind the scenes at the United Nations General Assembly,” you can still watch the recording. See footage from the events and hear the impact of the powerful advocacy we did together.
Putting the “fun” in fundraising! Are you nervous about fundraising or looking for ways to make your Friends & Family Fundraiser more successful? RESULTS volunteers have tips for you! Read advice and lessons learned from Willie Dickerson, Buke Dube, Beth Wilson, and Nancy Gardiner.
Nominate for Bob Dickerson Leadership and Cameron Duncan Awards. The Bob Dickerson Leadership Award is awarded to a grassroots volunteer who shows extraordinary leadership and commitment to the mission of RESULTS. The Cameron Duncan Media Award is given to a journalist, editor, or grassroots volunteer for outstanding work on issues related to poverty in the media. If you know a volunteer, journalist, or editor who demonstrated the qualities for either of these awards in 2023, please complete the awards nomination form.
Celebrate new advocates. We are delighted to have so many new advocates in our midst who are taking powerful action and making positive waves. If you want to celebrate the actions of a new volunteer, share about the experience today.
RESULTS Experts on Poverty program is recruiting. We are currently seeking new members to join the Experts on Poverty program. The program gathers a diverse cohort of advocates with firsthand experiences of poverty to push for more effective government policies to combat poverty. Experts receive training, support, and inspiration to become stronger leaders in the anti-poverty movement and help shape our U.S. poverty policy strategies and priorities. Applications are due November 30. To learn more, join our EOP information session on November 7 (register today). For questions, please contact Keisha McVey.
Virtual Group Leader training continues tomorrow. Are you a current (or even aspiring) RESULTS Group Leader? You are welcome to join this learning series which will continue on successive Wednesdays through November 8. These interactive sessions will get you in touch with fellow Group Leaders, give you practical tools for leading a RESULTS group, and provide some fun along the way. Each session will last two hours. Register today! Questions? Contact Lisa Marchal.
Only two more weeks to apply for the RESULTS Fellowship. If you know someone aged 20-35 who wants to harness their political power, invite them to apply for the RESULTS Fellowship. RESULTS Fellows advocate at the intersections of poverty and anti-oppression and learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change. The application is open through November 15. Be sure to join the RESULTS National Webinar this weekend to learn more about the Fellowship and its history. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
No policy forums in November. Due holidays and staff travel, we will not hold monthly policy forums in November. Instead, register for our joint U.S. and global policy forum on Thursday, December 14 at 8:30pm ET..
Congressional schedule: The House and Senate are in session this week.
Typically, registration ends one hour prior to the start of all webinars and trainings.
Wednesday, November 1: New Advocate Orientation, 12:00 pm ET. Register for this orientation today.
Wednesday, November 1: Group Leader Training Series, 8:00 pm ET. Register today for the remaining 2 sessions of this special series. Each session is two hours.
Saturday, November 4: National Webinar, 1:00 pm ET. Register for the webinar today!
Tuesday, November 7: Experts on Poverty Information Session, 8:00 pm ET. Register today to learn more about this impactful cohort.
Wednesday, November 8: 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.
Wednesday, November 8: New Advocate Orientation, 8:30 pm ET. Register for this exciting welcome to RESULTS.
Thursday, November 9: Oppression – The Missing Perspectives, 12:00 pm ET. Register for this advanced anti-oppression training.
Thursday, November 9: Event Planning and Outreach Office Hours, 2:00 pm ET. Drop in at any time to https://results.zoom.us/j/98524229370 or call (312) 626-6799, meeting ID 985 2422 9370.
Wednesday, November 15: Action Network Managers webinar, 8:00 pm ET. Join the session at https://results.zoom.us/j/91531456676. No registration required.
Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.
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 story about advocacy you feel could inspire others, use our new online form to tell us your story. Also, if you want to celebrate the actions of a new volunteer, sharing about the experience today.