U.S. Poverty Weekly Update June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

U.S. Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | June 6, 2017

“Lately, being a family with a low income feels like trying to survive an avalanche.”

—RESULTS Expert on Poverty Tianna Gaines-Turner and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in a June 3 op-ed on Philly.com

In This Week’s Update:


Quick Media Action: Tell Senators to Protect Medicaid!

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Got Two Minutes? Senate Could Act Soon – Tell Senators to Oppose Ending Medicaid as We Know It!

Congress is now back in Washington continuing their work on health care. The Senate continues to work behind closed doors on their alternative to the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA, H.R. 1628). News is that the Senate could release their own health care bill as early as this week. While a Senate health care bill will not mirror H.R. 1628 exactly, it is more likely than not to include drastic and dangerous changes to Medicaid. Remember, these cuts are being used to give a massive tax cut to the wealthy and big corporations. Make sure your senators know that protecting Medicaid and the people it serves must be paramount.

TAKE ACTION: Take two minutes to send an e-mail to your senators urging them to reject cuts and changes to Medicaid. Use our Medicaid action alert to tell them in no uncertain terms that you oppose efforts to take health care away from millions of Americans.

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Got Ten Minutes? Contact Senate Health Aides about Medicaid This Week (May Action)

In the wake of reports that the Senate might begin the process of moving a health bill this week, we need to keep the pressure on the upper chamber to protect Medicaid in whatever plan they come up with. While there have been many reports claiming that the Senate is not looking to pass the House health bill as is, they are still using the House bill as the basis for their own bill which is likely to include many of its harmful provisions. The cuts and changes to Medicaid in the House bill are so deep ($840 billion in cuts to pay for more reckless tax breaks, 14 million lose coverage), even meeting the House half way would be disastrous. Many members of Congress have supported similar cuts and changes to Medicaid in the past and still do (some senators want even deeper cuts to the program). 

If you have not contacted your Senate health aide about opposing cuts and changes to Medicaid, this is the week to do it. If you have contacted the aide, follow up to see if there are any new developments. Make sure your senators know that the people they represent – you – want Medicaid protected.

TAKE ACTION: Take ten minutes to call both your Senate health aides to talk about protecting Medicaid in any new health legislation. Be persistent. If you cannot get them directly (find names here), call the local office to see if they can set up a meeting with you and the health aide. The May Action has talking points and a link to Medicaid state fact sheets. Let them know about the health insurance coverage losses in your state with data from the Center for American Progress. If you need help, please contact Jos Linn ([email protected]).

Note: We are delaying the June Action for a few days so we can stay focused on protecting Medicaid in case the Senate releases a bill this week.

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Got Another Ten Minutes? Unlock Generous Matching Gift by Becoming a Monthly Donor to RESULTS

For more than 35 years, RESULTS has been at the advocacy forefront in the fight to end poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Through tens of thousands of actions over the years, we’ve helped to protect and expand critical services that alleviate poverty for countless people around the world. That work has been made possible by donations from everyday people who support our work.

If you are not yet a monthly donor to RESULTS, this is a perfect time to start. For the month of June only, a longtime RESULTS donor and volunteer will donate $1,000 for every new monthly donor – up to $25,000!

These “Investors in Change” to RESULTS, Inc. make automatic donations each month that support hundreds of grassroots volunteers around the country as they raise their voices through advocacy. Your monthly donations will provide volunteers with the expert research, training and support they need to create political will among lawmakers on legislation that will help bring an end to poverty in the United States and around the world.

TAKE ACTION: Take another ten minutes to invest in the work to end poverty with RESULTS. Sign up to become a monthly donor with RESULTS and help us unlock this generous match. Donate to RESULTS or RESULTS Educational Fund today!

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Quick News

U.S. Poverty Webinar Next Tuesday, June 13. Remember that the June 2017 RESULTS U.S. Poverty National Webinar is next Tuesday, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET. To participate login at: http://fuze.me/32255914 or dial in at (201) 479-4595, Meeting ID: 32255914#.

Join RESULTS in DC Next Month. Have you registered for the RESULTS International Conference? Don’t miss all the excellent workshops and speakers, and an inspiring day on Capitol Hill in the pursuit of a world free of poverty. And remember that if you or someone you know has never been to the Conference before, right now new attendees can get a $50 discount off your registration fee. Use the discount code FIRSTIC17 when you register. But it won’t last so register today!

Keep the Media Coming and Let’s Break the Record. As of this morning, RESULTS volunteers have gotten 216 U.S. poverty media pieces published in 2017. Your media is informing and shaping opinion in your communities and the halls of Congress. Keep the pressure on by submitting your own media pieces about protecting health and nutrition programs from reckless cuts. Let’s hit 250 media pieces and set an all-time media record by the start of the RESULTS International Conference (July 22).

Sign Your Local RESULTS Group onto Fair Budget Letter. Our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs are circulating a sign-on letter urging Congress to reject President Trump’s FY 2018 budget and pass a budget that ensures economic opportunity and security for all. Add your local RESULTS group’s name to the list of signers of this letter. The deadline to sign on is June 19.

Please Complete and Submit Your New Group Plans. Meet with your group to complete your 2017 Group Plans. Use our new Group Planning Guide and Group Plan Summary form to do your planning. Use planning to make the rest of your 2017 productive and inspiring. Once you’re done, please submit your 2017 Group Plan Summary online as soon as possible.  If you have questions, please contact Jos Linn at [email protected].

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Upcoming Events

Go to the RESULTS Events Calendar to see a full list of RESULTS events. Also, find a list of the RESULTS U.S. Poverty staff with contact information on the RESULTS website.

Upcoming Congressional Recesses: House and Senate: May 29-June 2.

RESULTS U.S. Poverty National Webinar, Tuesday, June 13 at 8:00 pm ET. Participate at http://fuze.me/32255914 or (201) 479-4595, Meeting ID: 32255914#. Listen to previous webinars on our National Webinars page.

RESULTS Introductory Call, Wednesday, June 14 at 9:00 pm ET. If you want to learn more about RESULTS, register for an Intro Call on the RESULTS website.

RESULTS U.S. Poverty Free Agents Calls, Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET. To participate, login at http://fuze.me/32256018 or dial by phone at (201) 479-4595, Meeting ID: 32256018#.

Independence Day Holiday, Tuesday, July 4. All RESULTS offices are closed.

RESULTS International Conference, Saturday, July 22 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC. Register today!

If you have a question, comment or suggestion for the RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund Board, please e-mail them to RESULTS Grassroots Board Member Vanessa Garcia at [email protected]. You can view the most recently published minutes from Board meetings on the RESULTS website, as well as download RESULTS’ most recent Annual Report.

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