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Poverty Action builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. We envision a state where people of all income levels fully promote and participate in building the fabric of socially, politically, and economically just communities.

Register Now! MLK Day Lobby Day on 1/19/15

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join Poverty Action members from across the state as we take action and demand change. This year, we will urge our lawmakers to champion basic needs programs, criminal justice reform, consumer protections, racial equity, and more! We believe that systemic change is the only way to deliver on the […]

Our Position on Ballot Measures

Poverty Action has taken a position on some of this year’s main ballot initiatives to help you consider their impacts. We’ve listed our positions in the order in which they appear on the ballot.   Initiatives 591 & 594: Background Checks for Gun Sales Everyone in Washington should be able to live in safe communities. […]

It’s really true. Tony Lee is retiring…sort of!

The rumors are true. After nearly 20 years with Solid Ground, Tony Lee is officially retiring! For nearly three decades, the last 19 years as Advocacy Director at Solid Ground, Tony has been our state’s leading lobbyist on issues impacting low-income people and families. In his role at Solid Ground, Tony helped found Poverty Action, playing an essential […]

Check out our General Election Voter Guide!

As most of you know, Poverty Action has been committed to building grassroots power with low-income people and families since 1996. We focus on changing laws in Olympia, correcting injustices, and ensuring that every single person can have their basic needs met. Voting for great community leaders in Olympia enables us to have our voices and […]


2014-2015 Final Supplemental Budget Analysis Governor Inslee, the Washington State Senate, and House of Representatives released their 2014-2015 supplemental budget proposals, which cover July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Each branch of government introduces a supplemental budget. Once introduced, the House and Senate each hold hearings on their proposals and ultimately pass a version […]