October 2016 U.S. Poverty Action
Urge Candidates to Prioritize Wealth Inequality and Close the Racial Wealth Gap
This is the home stretch! Not only are the Presidential candidates out on the campaign trail, candidates for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are campaigning with only a month before the election. This means we have an important opportunity to get poverty issues discussed on the campaign trail and build momentum for policies that create economic mobility – including making wealth inequality and closing the racial wealth gap. Interacting with policymakers face-to-face is the most effective action you can take to influence your members of Congress, including perhaps a future member of Congress. In addition to submitting a request for a meeting, remember that members of Congress and candidates are also doing public events to woo voters. Help make ending poverty an issue in this election by attending these events to ask a question about poverty in the U.S.
Connect with Candidates Directly and at Public Appearances
Hi, my name is _________________, and I am a local volunteer with RESULTS, a grassroots group working to end poverty. I know that your campaign values input from voters on the issues that matter to us. With that in mind, our local RESULTS group would like to schedule meeting with ______ to discuss how we can work together to reduce poverty through protecting and strengthening tax credits for low-income working families, and discuss ways to support innovative approaches to helping families move out of poverty. There will be at least ____ of us at the meeting. Is he/she available to meet? May we set up a meeting now?
Like many Americans, I am concerned with the racial unrest we’ve seen in the U.S. lately. But the problem goes deeper than we might think. Right now, for every dollar of white wealth in the U.S., African American households have 6 cents, and Latino households have 7 cents. Our country is stronger when everyone has opportunities to succeed. This can only be done if we address wealth inequality, with a focus on racial wealth inequality. Congress might consider tax legislation and maybe an infrastructure package early next year. If elected, will you prioritize tax and infrastructure policies that target wealth inequality and reduce the racial wealth gap?