Raising Hope: The Equal Voice Story chronicles five families whose lives were changed when they participated in a campaign to lift families out of poverty. The Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign brought together 30,000 families who created and adopted a National Family Platform. Through town halls and conventions, low-income families across America came together to tackle some of society’s most pressing social and economic issues. Hear from families like Charmaine Parker, whose income barely covers her living expenses, and Brandon Mitchell, raising three children on a barber’s salary, about what it takes to prosper in America.
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Produced and directed by Maria Bures of Onda Films, Raising Hope was filmed between 2007-2009, as the Great Recession began, and it shows everyday people grappling with many of the country’s most pressing problems and finding solutions. The film follows them through town hall meetings, a multi-city convening and, finally, to Washington, D.C., where those who have long been talked about – but rarely spoken to – deliver the Equal Voice National Family Platform to federal representatives.