Take Action Tuesday: February 6, 2018

Take Action Tuesday: February 6, 2018



It’s Take Action Tuesday and we’re excited to announce the release of our 2018 Election Toolkit! This year’s midterm elections have the potential to change the makeup of Congress and the course our country takes on foreign assistance for years to come. 2018 is going to be a big year — and it’s not too early to get started.

Next November, every seat in the House of Representatives (all 435 of them) and 34 seats in the Senate are up for reelection, and that doesn’t include all the seats opening up lately due to unexpected retirements. With so many people running for office — including a record number of female candidates — we see opportunities galore for citizens to:

  • Advocate for U.S. foreign assistance and engage with candidates who will be champions in the fight against global poverty.
  • Educate friends, family and colleagues who are new to foreign assistance on why girls, women and poor communities around the world matter here in the U.S.

There will be town-halls, campaign rallies, meet-ups, house parties and countless other opportunities all over the U.S. for CARE advocates to show up, raise awareness and help change the course of history. We figured you might need some new tools to do all that.

Whether you’re new to advocacy or a CARE Action pro, our 2018 Election toolkit has everything you need to familiarize yourself with our mission and policies. We have tools to help you:

There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us in this toolkit and if we’re going to change history together in 2018 for girls, women and the poorest communities, we’d better get to work. Here’s how you can help if you have:

5 minutes: Register for CARE’s National Conference (May 21-23, 2018) in Washington, D.C. to learn, connect and advocate for foreign assistance on Capitol Hill with hundreds of other advocates. Then, invite 5 friends on social media (tag @CARE and @CAREActionNow) to attend with you. If you’ve been before, you know how powerful this conference is. If you’re new, you’re not going to want to miss this.

15 minutes: Pour yourself a cup or glass and unpack the 2018 Election toolkit. Then, pull out your calendar and notebook and start making plans for how you’ll advocate for CARE in the midterm elections. Extra credit if you email your Regional Advocacy Coordinator with your plans.

30 minutes: Download, share and listen to CARE Action’s Special Election 2018 podcast episode. In this first-in-a series episode (we’ll be hosting them all year), CARE Action’s Executive Director, Rachael Leman interviews political consultant and campaign manager Jon Seaton about his predictions for the 2018 Election and his best strategies and tips for influencing candidates.


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