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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.

Invest in TANF to Help Strengthen Families

Check out the recent post our own Lara Sim co-wrote with Elena Hernandez from Budget & Policy Center! “Kids do better when their parents do better. So policymakers should look for ways to leverage and enhance the tools we have to ensure that they are improving outcomes for the entire family. A great place to […]

Oppose High Cost Small Loans (Payday lending) and Debt Settlement bills!

Dear community partners, Please consider signing onto our letter to lawmakers encouraging them to oppose a bill that would increase predatory lending and debt settlement in our state. Right now in Olympia, payday lenders are again attempting to skirt Washington’s consumer protections, this time by creating a new financial product.  HB 1922/SB 5899 are bills that […]

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 […]

Our 2014 Policy Agenda is Now ONLINE

Poverty Action’s public policy agenda for the 2014 Legislative Session is a document of values, and reflects the priorities of our membership and board. Through listening sessions, board meetings, membership meetings and actions, this agenda reflects the collective values of our nearly 11,000 members for the coming year. These are issues on which Poverty Action […]