November 2015 U.S. Poverty Action
Laying the Groundwork to End Poverty This Election Season
At the United Nations in September, world leaders affirmed their commitment to ending extreme poverty globally by 2030. We need the same commitment to ending poverty in this country – and the election season is a critical time to demand it. RESULTS and other organizations launched Vote to End Hunger (VTEH), a campaign to ensure that Presidential candidates prioritize ending hunger and poverty, in Iowa last month. In addition, candidates for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be campaigning over the coming months. Use this opportunity to engage them in a conversation about ending poverty while they are on the campaign trail.
Connect with Candidates to Put Ending Hunger and Poverty at the Top of Their Priority List
Why Start to Engage Candidates Now?
By connecting with candidates for President and Congress early on in the election process we can build momentum during the campaign season that will support our work next year and beyond. Already, RESULTS staff and volunteers have talked with eight different Presidential candidates about U.S. poverty issues, and we hope there will be many more conversations in communities across the country. To support this, representatives of Bread for the World, Feeding America, the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, and RESULTS launched the Vote to End Hunger campaign in Iowa last month to raise the issues of hunger and poverty in the presidential election. At the launch, RESULTS Des Moines volunteer and Expert on Poverty Jamy Rentschler shared her story of receiving Food Stamp (now called SNAP) as a child and the importance of these resources for her and her family.
The VTEH campaign will be actively working to engage Presidential candidates over the next year to urge them to make ending hunger and poverty a top national priority when the new president and Congress are sworn in in 2017. We urge you to visit www.votetoendhunger.org to learn more about the campaign. RESULTS will also focus on Congressional candidates over the next year, including incumbents. If a candidate is speaking near you, plan to attend the event and urge them to explain their plan to end hunger and poverty in America. In the coming months, look for these opportunities to connect with Presidential and Congressional candidates:
Coming Up: One Last Push to Save EITC and CTC Provisions
Of course, this month we’ll continue raising our voices to save key Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit provisions. We may need to put our candidate outreach on hold if Congress moves on tax legislation – which could happen as a part of a final spending bill (the current “Continuing Resolution” expires December 11) or other legislation. On the November 2015 RESULTS National Webinar (Nov. 14 at 12:30 pm ET), we’ll discuss strategies to engage candidates along with the latest on tax legislation. To join the meeting online, login at http://fuze.me/28130766. If you cannot join online, dial in by phone at (201) 479-4595, meeting ID: 28130766#.