National Family Platform
Every issue is a family issue.
The testimonies of families at the 65 town hall meetings were synthesized into a cohesive national family platform, which represents the shared vision of families from around the country and a blueprint for change. The 2008 platform was created to urge decision makers to adopt a families-first agenda and to insert the voices of families into the national dialogue. On Feb. 11, 2009, 150 families hand-delivered their family platform to 42 senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. The platform contains 98 concrete policy recommendations at the local, state and federal levels in eight issue areas: child care, education, criminal justice reform, employment and job training, health care, housing, immigration reform, and safe and thriving communities. The platform is multifaceted because the impact of poverty on people’s lives is multifaceted. The Equal Voice campaign – and the resulting Equal Voice movement – was grounded in this same understanding: that living in poverty has an impact on virtually every aspect of families’ lives. It has an impact on the work they do, the quality of their children’s education, and their health, safety and security. This movement is about making those connections across the spectrum of life.
The Equal Voice National Family Platform calls on the country’s leaders to take a comprehensive – rather than piece-by-piece – policy approach to the challenges families face. This Platform, which continues to evolve to reflect the needs of families, was created by and represents the collective voices of more than 50,000 families.
On May 20th, 2012 – 15,000 people from 30 states and nine countries participated in the online convention – webcast live from Birmingham, Ala., McAllen, Texas, and Seattle to communities around the country – to identify the issues they want to include in the 2012 Equal Voice for America’s Families National Family Platform. More…>
The testimonies of families at 65 townhall meetings have been synthesized into a cohesive National Family Platform, which represents the shared vision of more than 30,000 families for families in this country and a blueprint for change. The platform contains 98 concrete policy recommendations at the local, state and federal levels in eight issue areas: child care, education, criminal justice reform, employment and job training, health care, housing, immigration reform, and safe and thriving communities.More…>