2017 Policy Agenda
Poverty is a systemic issue, which disproportionately affects people at the intersections of race, class, gender, gender expression, sexuality, and ability. Public Policies and practices are often the tools used to create a unequal systems that perpetuates poverty. For example, communities of color have been disenfranchised for centuries through poll taxes, redlining, segregated school systems, the war on drugs, housing policies, and much more.
Just as public policy has had an incredible impact on low-income communities and communities of color, people with low incomes and people of color can have an incredible impact on public policy. We can address and eliminated unfair laws and truly create a state that works for everyone.
We support policies that build an equitable community with access and power for all. Read our 2017 Policy Agenda here!
In order to be included in Poverty Action’s legislative agenda, a public policy must:
- Create racial equity and address systemic problems that contribute to poverty,
- Be supported by people living on low incomes,
- Engage our members in the civic process, and
- Provide Poverty Action the opportunity to play a leading or unique role on the issue.
Policies are only half the story. We are also keeping our pulse on funding through our Budget Tracker to ensure we are creating a state where everyone has access to opportunities to prosper. Currently only the Governor’s budget has been released. The House and Senate will have to release their budgets before we can start to see the shape of a final decision.
Join us as we organize, share our stories, and ultimately create a more just, equitable Washington State!