U.S. Poverty Weekly Update November 6, 2018


November 6, 2018

U.S. Poverty Campaigns

Weekly Update | November 6, 2018

“Vote… then read this Update.”

–  Jos G, Linn, RESULTS


Got as Long as It Takes? VOTE!

Today is the day. The most anticipated mid-term election in recent memory has arrived. We won’t waste your time with a long essay on how important it is for you to vote – you already know that. So, please go vote.

TAKE ACTION: Take as long as it takes today to go cast your vote. Remind elected officials that it is the people who are the sovereigns in America. If you’re not sure where to vote, go to www.vote.org to find your polling location.


Got Ten Minutes? Plan for the National Webinar on November 13

Join us for the RESULTS November 2018 U.S. Poverty National Webinar next Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 pm ET (delayed a week because of the election). We, of course, will debrief about today’s election results and what it means for our U.S. Poverty Campaigns. We’ll also talk about harnessing the amazing energy and intensity around the election to move people into action on our issues. This will be an important webinar to attend. Please join us.

TAKE ACTION: Take ten minutes to prepare for the RESULTS U.S. Poverty National Webinar next Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 pm ET. Confirm if, when, and where your group will meet for the webinar. If you are not meeting together, encourage people to join on their own. To join, login at: https://results.zoom.us/j/873308801 or dial either (929) 436-2866 or (669) 900-6833 and then enter Meeting ID: 873 308 801. The slides for the webinar will be available next Tuesday on our National Webinars page. If you have questions or need help, please contact Jos Linn.


Got Twenty Minutes? Talk Up RESULTS Tonight and Be Ready for New Volunteers (Election Season Action)

Outreach is a vital component in our mission to end poverty. To survive, movements must learn, adapt, and grow. That cannot happen alone. New people bring new power, new energy, and new perspectives. Sam Daley-Harris knew this was essential when he started RESULTS in 1980 – regular outreach was one of the “agreements” new volunteers signed up to do.

Many of you will be watching the election returns tonight, perhaps alone or with friends. As you wait for the results roll in, use that time to talk to others about becoming an advocate. If you’re at a party, strike up a conversation about what people plan to do after the election. Share about your work with RESULTS and let people know if they want to learn how to influence policy beyond the ballot box, you can show them how. If you’re alone and following the election on social media, share posts or tweets about continuing the momentum regardless of who wins.

RESULTS has lots of outreach resources to help you engage new people before and after the election, including an exciting new initiative. VolunteerMatch is an online resource to help people find volunteer opportunities in their area. Beginning tomorrow, RESULTS will post a VolunteerMatch ad for each RESULTS group around the country. When someone responds, they will first be directed to our new Welcome Series and then to our New Advocate Orientation Webinar. After that, we will connect them directly to you, our local volunteers, to get involved. All you need do now is wait and be ready. When we send you a new lead, reach out promptly and welcome them. For tips to help you, review this new guide.

TAKE ACTION: Take twenty minutes to continue your election season outreach. If you’re attending an election watch party tonight, converse about people’s post-election plans, what you do with RESULTS, and how to get involved. Also, share RESULTS actions and information about local meetings on social media. Our Election Season Action has tips to help you with outreach and follow-up from these conversations. And review our Volunteer Match outreach guide for suggestions on welcoming new volunteers from our VolunteerMatch push.


Quick News

Join the 2018 VTF! The 2018 Virtual Thanksgiving Feast, our November peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, is going on now. The money we raise will help us continue the important work of shaping policy that brings an end to poverty here in the U.S. and around the world. Will you join our campaign? We have lots of resources to make it easy for you, including a new video on how to set up you VTF fundraising page. For additional questions, contact Mea Geizhals.

Join our Action Network Community of Practice Webinar Tomorrow. Are you wanting to engage more people in your community? Have people who want to do something but are not ready to be volunteers yet? Then join the Action Network Community of Practice. This group works together to identify the best ways to recruit, organize, manage, and inspire our local Action Networks. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 pm ET (next call is tomorrow, November 7). To join, log in at: https://results.zoom.us/j/427674133 or dial in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 427 674 133. Find recordings of past webinars in the RESULTS Resource Library.

Keep Pushing for Public Charge Comments. Go to www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org to submit your personal comment opposing the Trump Administration’s new rule to punish immigrant families for using anti-poverty programs. Urge others you know to comment as well.

Use Broadcast Media to Promote Your Local Advocacy Work. To invite more people into action with us, how about pitching your local broadcast stations a story about the power of deep advocacy? Check out this webinar walking step-by-step through the process to get your group featured in the local news. Download this template email pitch you can edit and send to producers and reporters. If you get an interview arranged, let us know to set up a prep call.

Sign Your Group Up onto New SAVE for All Principles. Help build support for the new SAVE for All principles for the next Congress by signing your local RESULTS group (e.g. “RESULTS Santa Fe”) onto them. The deadline to sign on is December 12.

Give Us Suggestions for the 2019 RESULTS International Conference! The 2019 RESULTS International Conference is set (July 13-16, 2019). Help us make it the best conference yet by completing our suggestion form with your ideas for speakers and sessions.


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.

U.S. Poverty Team members planned time off: Meredith Dodson, Tuesday, November 6. Jos Linn: Wednesday, November 21.

Upcoming Congressional Recesses: House: October 1-November 9; Senate: October 12-November 9.

RESULTS Virtual Thanksgiving Feast Fundraising Campaign, November 2018. Contact Mea Geizhals, Grassroots Fundraising Manager, with any questions and look for more information soon.

Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Be sure to vote!

RESULTS Action Network Community of Practice webinar, Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00pm ET. To join, log in: https://results.zoom.us/j/427674133 or dial in: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 427 674 133.

RESULTS New Advocate Orientation, Thursday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 14 at 8:30 pm ET. Get started here.

Observance of Veterans’ Day Holiday, Monday, November 12. All RESULTS offices closed.

RESULTS U.S. Poverty National Webinar, Tuesday, November 13 at 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.

U.S. Poverty Free Agents Calls, Tuesday, November 20 at 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.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break, Thursday, November 22-Friday, November 23. All RESULTS offices closed.

RESULTS International Conference, July 13-16, 2019. Learn more at www.resultsconference.org


Other Resources

Learn more about the RESULTS Experts on Poverty at: https://www.results.org/issues/experts_on_poverty.

If you need materials (banners, pens, stickers, or business cards) for your local RESULTS work, fill out our Materials Order Form and we’ll send them to you.

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 on our website.

Please fill out the RESULTS Lobby Report Form after any lobby meeting to let us know what happened. In meetings that cover both U.S. and global poverty issues, please fill it out twice.

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