Advocacy Actions

You + Advocacy Actions = Powerful Change

Thank you for taking action for a more equitable state.

The following list of actions are our active campaigns that need your advocacy. These actions are updated as they move through the legislative session – so you can take the same action every week.

In addition, or in place of taking an online action, you can call the Washington legislative hotline. With one call to the hotline at 1.800.562.6000 you can leave a message with your legislature to support or oppose multiple bills at once (see the bill names below).

Your message can be simple like: “I am calling to let my representatives and senator know that I urge them to support/oppose insert bill No.s” (e.g. Support HB 1798, Oppose HB 1061, etc).

Either by phone or or by taking action on the following, thank you for making  a positive impact TODAY:

Ban the Box

Support a fairer job applications for all people by banning the box on job applications asking about criminal history. Employers will still be able to ask about criminal history during later stages of the application process. Support HB 1298/SB 5312. Take Action!

 

Debt Collection

Everyone deserves a fair chance to pay back debt. This bill would allow debt collectors to start charging interest on medical debt f4 months from time of service rather than when it is “past due,” increasing the debt trap for people facing medical issues. Oppose SB 5456. Take Action!

 

LFO Reform

Legal Financial Obligations are penalties assessed as part of the criminal sentence from restitution to court fees, jail fees and more. They carry a 12% fee that accrues even when someone is incarcerated, leaving people owing 4, 6, 10 times more than they were ever charged upon release.  Let’s fix this broken system. Support 1783. Take Action!

 

TANF 24

Parents can currently claim 12 months of vocation training as an eligible “work activity” that qualifies them for TANF benefits. But most parents need 24 months to finish a certificate program – leaving families facing additional barriers to meet their needs today and a stable future. Let’s give these parents the time they need. Support HB 1566.  Take Action!

 

For decades, Poverty Action members have worked collectively to fight for laws that work to build equity, and prevented policies that would deepen poverty in our state. From keeping people housed during the foreclosure crisis, and restoring the right to vote for thousands of previously incarcerated people – we proven that our collective actions make a huge difference.