Domestic Weekly Update June 22, 2011

Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do, and I’ll tell you what you believe.

— Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), quoting an unknown civil rights leader during the 2011 RESULTS International Conference

Abbreviated Update Agenda

RESULTS International Conference — A Great Success!

The 2011 RESULTS International Conference is wrapping up today and once again, it has proven to be a great success. Volunteers from around the U.S. and the world came to this year’s conference and heard from a fantastic array of speakers, including former Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green and Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman.

After two days of campaign overviews and lobby training, your fellow RESULTS volunteers then took to Capitol Hill with a united voice — protect low-income individuals and families, both here in the U.S. and around the world, from short-sighted and devastating budget cuts. In more than 200 meetings with members of Congress and/or their staff, there is no doubt they got the message. It was an inspiring couple of days as seasoned and novice advocates stood up, used their voices, and demanded Congress do what is right.

But we must keep up the pressure. Forces are gathered in opposition to our message and only with a sustained effort by us in the weeks and months ahead will we succeed. We will have a list of follow-up actions for both conference attendees and those of you back home in next week’s update (as well as a complete conference review). In the meantime, help amplify the voices of those in DC this week by taking the June Action back home this week. Let Congress know that the only thing that must be “off the table” in budget negotiations is balancing the budget on the backs of the poor.

TAKE ACTION: Take the June Action. Write letters or call House and Senate members and urge them to tell deficit and budget negotiators that they will only support a deficit reduction plan that abides by these principles:

  1. Any deficit reduction agreement must protect low-income Americans and not increase poverty. Programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and Social Security, as well as critical domestic discretionary programs, must be exempt from any automatic triggers and across the board cuts.
  2. Any agreement must reject structural changes to Medicaid and SNAP, such as block grants that would hurt millions of vulnerable Americans.
  3. Any agreement must have a balanced approach, relying at least as much on new revenue as it does on spending cuts.
  4. Congress must reject spending caps and any balanced budget amendment.

You can also use our June Laser Talk for phone calls and conversations to congressional offices.

Upcoming Events

(See a complete calendar)

Sunday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 21: RESULTS International Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington, DC.

Monday, June 27 – Tuesday, July 5: House of Representatives is on recess.

Monday, July 4 – Sunday, July 10: Senate is on recess.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day Holiday. All RESULTS offices closed.

Saturday, July 9: RESULTS Domestic National Conference Call, 12:30 pm ET.

Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24: House of Representatives is on recess.

Monday, August 8 – Monday, September 5: House and Senate are on recess.

RESULTS Contact Information

Main Office: (p) (202) 783-7100, (f) (202) 783-2818, 750 First Street NE, Suite 1040, Washington DC 20002. If mailing a donation to our DC office, please address the envelope to the attention of Cynthia Stancil.

Domestic Legislative and Grassroots Support Staff:

The RESULTS Domestic Update is sent out every Tuesday over e-mail to RESULTS volunteers and allies all over the country. The purpose of these updates is to inform and activate RESULTS activists to take action on our domestic campaigns.

Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time, talent and treasure to attend the RESULTS International Conference this year and all of the volunteers back home who could not make it but supported those who did. The success of our conference is due to your continued generosity and commitment to this work. We look forward to seeing you all at our next conference.

We will return to our normal update format next week.