U.S. Poverty Weekly Update November 25, 2019


November 25, 2019

Quote of the Week

“Easing the tax burden on low-income Americans will help our neighbors afford housing, medical bills, and food. Access to housing creates stronger communities as folks are able to plant roots and build a life.”

– RESULTS Denver volunteer Christie Renner in an November 17 letter to the editor in the Boulder Daily Camera

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RESULTS hopes that you and those close to you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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Got a Few Minutes before Thanksgiving? Send a Letter to the Editor to Help Workers and Families  (November Action)

Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed another continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December 20. This gives Congress another month to finalize the FY2020 budget and possibly pass a tax bill along with it (while also taking this week off). Sadly, low-income workers and families don’t have the luxury of postponing paying the bills. But we can make it easier for them to pay them. Congress should expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) and put money in the pockets of workers and families who need it most. As you plan to gather with family and friends this week, take a few minutes to submit a letter to the editor supporting the millions of Americans who may have trouble filling the Thanksgiving table this year.

TAKE ACTION: Will you take two minutes to submit a letter to the editor telling your members of Congress to expand the EITC and CTC in any new tax bill this year? Use our updated online media alert, complete with a holiday hook, to send your letter today.

Quick News

Join the National Webinar Next Tuesday. Please join us for the U.S. Poverty National Webinar is next Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 pm ET. Please make plans for where and with whom you will do the webinar. We will have more details on the webinar in next week’s Update.

Thank You to Our VTF Fundraisers! Thanks to those who are fundraising for RESULTS in the Virtual Thanksgiving Feast! The campaign has raised over $16,000. With a few more days to go, it’s not too late to be a last-minute participant. Get started at https://results.salsalabs.org/vtf2019 (you can also donate to existing campaigns from that page). If you need help, please contact Mea Geizhals at [email protected] or 202-783-4800 x131.

Housing Question Finally Asked in Last Week’s Debate. During the Democratic presidential debate last Wednesday, a question about housing policy was finally asked of some of the candidates (Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer, and Cory Booker). Read what they had to say about their housing plans and see what the all the candidates are saying about affordable housing and progressive taxation.

January Webinar is Joint U.S. and Global. The January 2020 RESULTS National Webinar will be a joint webinar with both U.S. poverty and global poverty advocates on Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 pm ET. Mark your calendars and join us for this exciting kickoff of 2020.

Upcoming Events

Congressional Recesses. Both the House and Senate are on recess this week. Submit your meeting requests today.

November 1-November 30: RESULTS Virtual Thanksgiving Feast Fundraising Campaign. Learn more here.

Thursday, November 28-Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving holiday break. All RESULTS offices closed.

Tuesday, December 3: RESULTS U.S. Poverty National Webinar, 8:00 pm ET.  Join at: https://results.zoom.us/j/873308801 or dial (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 873 308 801. Find recordings and slides from previous webinars on the National Webinars page.

Tuesday, December 17: U.S. Poverty Free Agents Calls, 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET. Join at: https://results.zoom.us/j/324294681 or dial by phone at (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 324 294 681.

June 20-23, 2020: RESULTS International Conference. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC. More details coming soon.

Other Resources

Learn about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty.

Do you have a new person in your RESULTS group or info to update? Use our Volunteer Information Form to add them.

Find actions and volunteer resources on our Current Volunteers page.

Please let us know about your recent grassroots successes for lobby meetings, media, and outreach.

If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the RESULTS/REF Board, please e-mail Steven McGee at [email protected]. View Board minutes and Annual Reports.

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