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U.S. Poverty Campaigns
RESULTS volunteer advocates use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty by learn ingto effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, nutrition, and economic opportunity. With every hour of their time, volunteers multiply their impact through the enormous power of advocacy — whether it’s helping change policy to support millions of families putting food on the table or helping raise billions of dollars for the world’s most vulnerable children. Keep up with the latest on our U.S. Poverty Campaigns Summary page, learn more about poverty in the United States, and see our U.S. Poverty Actions and News to take action today!
2015 U.S. Poverty Requests for Congressional Lobby Meetings
Incorporating grassroots input, RESULTS U.S.-poverty focused groups and activists are focused two campaigns in 2015:
RESULTS voice our support for making sure people earn enough to meet basic needs, including protecting and expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) in a broader framework of tax fairness and addressing inequality. These tax credits are our nation's most successful anti-poverty programs for children – they pro-work tax credits helped to lift 9.8 million Americans out of poverty in 2014, including 5.2 million children. Key EITC and CTC provisions are set to expire in 2017. If they do, about 16 million people, including 8 million children, will fall into poverty or deeper into poverty. RESULTS top campaign priority in 2015 is to save these key EITC and CTC provisions, and fix a gap in the EITC for workers without children.
As Congress considers comprehensive tax reform in the coming years, RESULTS volunteers are urging Congress to prioritize policies that reduce wealth inequality and the racial wealth gap.
Keeping Food on the Table: Protecting Federal Nutrition Programs
Our work on nutrition policies will primarily focus on protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). In the spring of 2015, RESULTS volunteers and others mobilized across the country to protect SNAP.
In addition, we will continue our focus on Empowering Grassroots Activists by building the health of our existing grassroots network and starting new RESULTS groups. Through our REAL Change program, we are working to bring new and important voices to this work. New to RESULTS? Participate in an upcoming Introductory Call and see our training materials for new activists, which include our Audio Basics Training.
See the U.S. Poverty Campaigns Summary for details on our work this year and learn more about poverty in the United States.