Nearly 49 million Americans struggle every day to meet their basic needs.
It’s time for fairness for families.
They work as caregivers – but can’t afford health care insurance or to take time off when they are sick.
They put food on our tables and build our houses – but struggle to feed and house their own families.
They care for other people’s children – but can’t afford child care for their own children.
Though their numbers are many, poor families have largely been ignored in policymaking that directly affects their lives.
On May 20, Marguerite Casey Foundation and its grantee organizations host the first online Equal Voice national convention. The goal: to create the 2012 Equal Voice for America’s Families National Family Platform.
Through the use of technology, tens of thousands of families will come together – across geography, cultures and issues – to call for an Equal Voice in the decisions that affect their communities and their families.
They will discuss the essentials every family deserves – good schools, healthy children, affordable housing, economic opportunity and safe and strong communities – and how to make the American Dream achievable for all families.
From churches, coffee shops and community centers across the country, we’ll hear from parents, grandparents and youth. From domestic workers and child care workers. From farm workers and factory workers. This is more than a single-issue movement or story. It’s each family’s story. And all families’ stories.
Through their national family platform, families will speak with One Voice – a Strong Voice – demanding an Equal Voice in their future.
America’s families are the backbone of our nation, and its brightest hope. What they have to say matters to us all.
We need families to propel the nation.
On May 20, join families across the country in creating and adopting a national platform that puts families first.
Equal Voice is your voice. And 45 million other voices.
Go to EqualVoice2012 to learn more