Domestic Weekly Update November 22, 2010

The question is, “Do we get more money from the person that’s gonna serve me lunch today, or do we get it from me?” I think we should get it from me.

Billionaire Warren Buffett

Quick Actions to Take During This Holiday Week

Organizational Updates


Focusing on (Lame) Duck During Turkey Week — Have You Sent In Your Letters on the EITC and CTC? (November Action)

This week’s Domestic Update is short and, hopefully, sweet, designed to help you squeeze in some key actions while celebrating the holidays with family and friends. With the Lame Duck Congress on a brief one week break before returning to Washington, critical tax credits for millions of low-income working families are pending, set to expire at the end of this year. So, if you haven’t already, be sure to send off handwritten letters about low-income tax credits — this absolutely essential in the fight to preserve the 2009 improvements to Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). Last week, Senate Majority Leader Reid said he wants to have a vote on a plan to extend the middle class tax cuts (and, hopefully, the EITC and CTC) but not the tax cuts for the wealthy when the Senate returns next week. With that vote pending, we need to work hard now to ensure the improvements to the CTC and EITC are part of that tax package. Our last RESULTS National Conference Call includes helpful strategic tips, and makes a great listen as you travel over the holidays. And, you can wow family members (or at least strengthen your arguments to Congressional offices) by including new data from Citizens for Tax Justice, with state level statistics on how many families have benefitted and how much money has been brought into each state because of the 2009 ARRA improvements to the EITC and CTC.

TAKE ACTION: Take the November Action. Take a few minutes to write out your letters in support of continuing the 2009 EITC and CTC improvements as part of the middle class tax bill. Start by writing your senators then move on to your representative. Don’t have time to write a letter? Use our online action alert to send a quick e-mail directly to your representatives and senators.


Fundraising Update: Keep Up Those Follow-up Calls

During this week of Thanksgiving, we are so grateful to all of our friends and donors who work so hard to fund our work to end poverty in the U.S. and around the world. We are wrapping up our “Friends and Family” campaign. Read our fundraising update blog post to review some steps you can take and what your fellow RESULTS/REF supporters are doing around the country to fund our work and be sure to check out the sample call script which you can tailor and make your own! Once you start making these calls, you’ll find they are no big deal and can be quite fun.

In addition to Friends and Family efforts, some of our groups are also holding fundraising events this call. Major kudos to San Jose, Ann Arbor, and Columbus volunteers for successful events possible in your communities this month! There are a few more events coming up and if you know anyone in these areas, please contact the RESULTS Domestic Staff (contact information below) for details:

November 30: RESULTS Twin Cities, MN, fundraiser

December 5: RESULTS Chicago, IL, fundraiser

December 9: RESULTS Washington, DC, fundraiser

Finally, remember that anyone can donate online at anytime. Just go to our Donate page for more information. If donating online, please be sure to write “RESULTS Domestic” in the comment box of the online form.

Thanks to everyone for supporting RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund during our annual Fall Fundraising Campaign. Your work in garnering these resources is critical to our organization!


Taking Action for Hungry Families This Week — Push for a Strong Child Nutrition Bill and Restoring SNAP Cuts

This is the time many in our communities focus on those struggling with hunger, while RESULTS activists across the country work tirelessly to end hunger and poverty all year round. Congress still has time to pass a strong child nutrition bill this year, and then restore cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) program. Child nutrition programs provide the meals and snacks kids need for their health and development. Let’s keep the pressure on our members of Congress to do what’s right for our nation’s children. The latest word is that the House is expected to take Senate’s child nutrition legislation, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 (S.3307), next week with limited debate and just one amendment allowed. Advocates fear this could be a “poison pill” amendment designed to kill the bill, so it’s important to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass child nutrition, restore the SNAP cut AND vote against any amendments to S. 3307.

TAKE ACTION: If you haven’t yet done so, take the October Action. Write letters to your representatives and senators urging them to pass a strong child nutrition bill and restore cuts to SNAP made in the Senate bill. Point out the recent hunger data showing that hunger is still a pressing problem in America. If you cannot send a letter, send an e-mail to your members of Congress about child nutrition. We also strongly urge you to contact the Obama Administration with the same message, since it is key that they engage in efforts to restore SNAP cuts. See our e-mail action alert that allows you to send an e-mail message directly to the White House.


Announcements

Check Out Our Campaigns Summary Page. Want to keep up with all our legislative work in ending U.S. poverty? Then check out our RESULTS U.S. Poverty Campaigns Summary page. This will give you an overview of our legislative campaigns that their current status. This is a great way to keep up with our success over the year. In addition, we’ve just updated our background page on poverty and hunger in the United States to include recent data from the Census Bureau and USDA.

The 2009 Annual Report is online! Check out the 2009 RESULTS/REF Annual Report, titled “Taking Leadership in Extraordinary Times.” The report proves that RESULTS/REF staff and volunteer activists have the courage to change the things that are not acceptable and to inspire their leaders to do the same. See what your efforts created at http://www.results.org/about/annual_report/.


Upcoming Events

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November 22–26: Congressional Thanksgiving recess.

November 25–26: RESULTS offices closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 29: Congress reconvenes the lame duck session.

December 11: Joint RESULTS Domestic and Global National Conference Call, 2:00 pm ET.

December 25–January 2: All RESULTS offices closed.

June 18–21, 2011: RESULTS International Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington, DC (Note: start date subject to change).


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: Meredith Dodson, (202) 783-7100 x116 ([email protected]); Jos Linn, (515) 288-3622 ([email protected]), Ann Beltran ([email protected]), and Ann Racuya-Robbins ([email protected]). Note: the Domestic staff will be on vacation for most of this week. If you need to speak to someone urgently, please contact Meredith Dodson on her cellphone: (202) 263-9108.

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.