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Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

Fighting Fear, Building Power: MLK and a Beloved Community

On Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, community organizers, artists, activists, scholars, faith leaders and families of all backgrounds will come together for “Fighting Fear, Building Power: Renewing the Call for a Beloved Community.” We expect these simultaneous community gatherings – held in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore – to attract more […]

2016: Trumping Politics, Voters Unite Around Bread & Butter Issues

2016: Trumping Politics, Voters Unite Around Bread & Butter Issues

Who knew preschool could bring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters together? That’s what happened in Dayton, Ohio, where Trump and Clinton supporters came together around the unlikely issue of preschool expansion. X Enjoy that story? Weigh in on the issues you care about by endorsing the Equal Voice National Family Platform. The presidential election […]

Uber Drivers Join Nationwide Fight for $15 and an End to Poverty

Uber Drivers Join Nationwide Fight for $15 and an End to Poverty

CHICAGO (AP) – Workers around the country went on strike at airports, shut down intersections outside fast-food joints, protested in Manhattan’s Financial District and went to jail Tuesday as part of a nationwide action for higher minimum wages. Over the course of the day, protests spread from Boston to Los Angeles, where fast-food, retail and […]

Marguerite Casey Foundation Marks 15 Years of Supporting Families

Embed anniversary video <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/MCF_15! rev-desktop.mp4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Throughout this year, Marguerite Casey Foundation has been celebrating 15 years of grantmaking, working with grassroots organizations and supporting families leading the way in fighting poverty. Oct. 17, 2001 marks a special date in its history: It is when Marguerite Casey Foundation formally began in […]

Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Renters Call for A Day of Action: A Q&A With Shamita Granberry

Thousands of renters and affordable housing advocates participated in rallies, marches and events on Sept. 22 to mark the National Renters’ Day of Action in more than 45 cities in about 20 states. Their goals: To draw more attention to evictions, housing costs, gentrification, displacement, communities, family safety and the need for policy solutions that […]

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

Don’t Believe the Hype: Poverty Drop Signals Need for Real Progress

The nation’s poverty rate dropped below 14 percent last year, a modest decline to 13.5 percent from 14.8 percent in 2014 that signaled the need for new ideas and structural changes to reducing poverty rather than any major breakthrough. This year the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report, released Tuesday, was full of good news, at […]

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