In 2008, Marguerite Casey Foundation listened as more than 15,000 families from 47 states identified issues of concerned to families nationwide. These issues became the Equal Voice National Family Platform. In 2012, the platform was updated to include even more voices & issues. The platform forms the basis for the Equal Voice for America’s Families movement—families across the country working together to win everything living wage ordinances to marriage equality to voting rights for formerly incarcerated people.
The wins we have seen so far are encouraging. But as Election Day 2016 approaches, the bottom line is that 47 million Americans live in poverty today – a number that is only increasing. At a national level, the central concerns families raised as critical to their well-being remain unchanged, from inadequate childcare to separate and unequal schools and more.
You can learn more about the issues families care about below. Most importantly, you can add your voice to #dayofequity.
We want to hear from you about the issues that matter the most to your family; issues we should include in the Equal Voice National Family Platform.
Day 1: National Family Platform
Day 2: Just and Fair Employment for All
Day 3: Immigration Inclusion
Day 4: Transportation for All
Day 5: Healthy Environments for All
Day 6: High-quality Affordable Child Care for All
Day 7: High-quality Affordable Health Care for All
Day 8: Youth Engagement
Day 9: Criminal Justice Reform
Day 10: High-quality Affordable Elder Care for All
Day 11: High-quality Affordable Education for All
Day 12: Homes for all
Day 13: LGBTQ Inclusion
Day 14: An Equitable Food System