Building RESULTS Network—How You Can Plug In!

Meredith Dodson, RESULTS Director of US Poverty Campaigns
January 21, 2016

As we begin 2016, RESULTS is already actively working to expand our grassroots network of volunteer advocates who raise their voices across the United States to end poverty here and around the world. 

Already this month, RESULTS Director of US Poverty Campaigns Meredith Dodson and Aleah Qreshi from the RESULTS Wofford/Spartanburg group spoke to a group of students from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC,  in Washington, DC about RESULTS work on tax policy. In addition, RESULTS Experts on Poverty Bonita Cuff and Angela ("Nikey") Sutton, along with Meredith, led a training for several Witnesses to Hunger after the opening of the DC Witnesses photo exhibit (also see this great feature about the Witnesses to Hunger). Thanks to our Wofford friends and Witnesses for connecting with RESULTS during their stays in DC.  

IRESULTS Grassroots Manager for U.S. Poverty Campaigns Jos Linn will be traveling to Kansas City Tuesday, January 26 to complete the new group training with our new Kansas City group. He hopes to also meet with our new group in Manhattan, KS on that trip. In addition, Jos is working with one of our REAL Change Fellows in Milwaukee to start a new group there this spring. Their first RESULTS Milwaukee Informational Call on February 11 at 7:00 pm CT. If you know anyone in these areas, please contact Jos ([email protected]) for more details.

RESULTS U.S. Poverty Organizer Kristy Martino has a number of events coming up as well. She will first be in Atlanta, GA for a Storytelling Matters: Community Advocacy Workshop on Thursday, February 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET. The workshop will be held at Georgia State University in the Urban Life Building, 140 Decatur St. Atlanta, GA 30303. More info and RSVP here

Kristy will next be in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the Let’s Talk About Poverty Community Forum on Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm ET. The forum is at The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress Street, Portsmouth NH 03801. More info and RSVP here.

RESULTS Director of U.S. Poverty Campaigns Meredith Dodson will be presenting at the IMPACT National Conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on Saturday, February 20.

On the global side, RESULTS staff are working on several opportunities to strengthen our work across the country and build new global advocacy groups.

Veronica McDuffee, Global Grassroots Organizer, is finishing up training with two new global poverty groups in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK. She’s also training a new global group in Des Moines, IA. If you know people in these cities who are interested in connecting with RESULTS locally please contact Veronica ([email protected])

Amy Kazanegras, Global Health Organizer, will be hosting a group start in Orange County, CA on January 30th. Join us at 10:30 am local time at the University United Methodist Church, 18422 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Interested community members can RSVP here http://bit.ly/OCrsvp-RESULTS or contact Amy directly ([email protected]). 

Amy will also be in Manchester, NH on February 11 for a group start with Minh Nguyen, Election Fellow with RESULTS. Local advocates will be meeting at 6:30pm at Manchester City Library, The Winchell Room 405 Pine Street. RSVP at http://bit.ly/Manchester-rsvp or contact Minh directly ([email protected]).

Ken Patterson is headed to Charleston, SC on Thursday, February 18th to assist Brittany Mathis, RESULTS Election Fellow, with a group start. Details and logistics are coming soon! To connect with RESULTS Charleston contact Brittany ([email protected]). 

Amanda Beals is finishing up training with a new global group in Gainesville, FL. She is also working with Jos Linn to train a new global and US poverty group in Manhattan, KS. Amanda will also be working with Nick Arena on a group start with new advocates in Delaware in the spring. To connect with any of these efforts please contact Amanda ([email protected]).

Ken Patterson and Amy Kazanegras will be attending the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Annual Convention on March 31-April 3 in Washington, DC to meet with medical students from across the country and encourage them to be powerful advocates for global health.

Finally, RESULTS global and US poverty organizing staff will be hosting a RESULTS Boise Group Start and Workshop on Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm MT in the Sycamore Room at the Library! at Collister, 4724 West State Street, Boise, ID 83703. You can RSVP for the Boise event at: http://resultsboise.eventbrite.com. If you know people in these areas, please invite them to attend one of these events; for more details, contact Kristy at [email protected].

Many of us make New Year's resolutions, but don't have a plan to make them happen. If one of your resolutions is to make a difference, we've got just the solution for you: learn for yourself how you can participate with RESULTS grassroots advocacy efforts to end poverty in the U.S. and around the world, or invite others to join you. If you don't see an event in your community or just want to know more, we urge you to join our next RESULTS Introductory Call. This 30-45 minute call will provide an introduction to RESULTS and our work to create the political to end poverty, and show how to get involved. And why not resolve to share the experience by inviting a friend or colleague to join an Intro Call too.  Simply go to www.tinyurl.com/RESULTSMeetandGreet/ to register for an upcoming call.