August 2010 U.S. Poverty Laser Talk

Media Action: Connect Working Families with Public Policy that Supports Them

The RESULTS August 2010 U.S. Poverty Action focuses on generating op-eds and letters to the editor in support of the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. Below is an example of a letter to the editor using the talking points from this month’s action:

Working families are the backbone of our economic and cultural identity. As a result, over the years we have created public structures designed to support the working family.

The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit are just such tools. Both encourage low and middle-income people to work, even when their jobs pay too little to live on, while also keeping millions of children out of poverty each year, building a stronger future for America’s next generation.

As a nation, we were right to invest in tax credits for working families. The EITC and CTC, and long-overdue improvements to them enacted last year, have been essential in helping families get back on their feet, especially in these tough economic times. Unfortunately, if these 2009 changes are allowed to expire this year, these backstops will disappear, putting seven million working families in financial jeopardy.

I urge Senators _________ and _________, and Rep. _________ to protect and strengthen the public investments we’ve made in working families. Vote to make the 2009 improvements to the EITC and CTC permanent, and do so before the election. It’s time we reaffirm our commitment to real family values.

What Is a Laser Talk?

A laser talk serves as a useful starting point for your advocacy work, whether as a talking points during a town hall meeting or as a primer for face-to-face meetings with candidates and elected officials. Follow up with more information and evidence supporting your points. And of course, adapt a laser talk to reflect your own experiences and why you care about the issue! For more on how to create your own laser talk, see the RESULTS Activist Toolkit: Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk and our Economic Opportunity campaign page.