About Us

About Our Organization

The Statewide Poverty Action Network builds grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper.

Things need to change. The wealth gap is growing. People are working harder for less. The rising cost of health care, basic needs, education, and child care are squeezing our communities. Most of us pay more in taxes – to keep our communities healthy for everyone – while the wealthy pay less and less.

Poverty Action wants the governor, legislators, regulators and other decision-makers in the state to hear our voices, especially of those directly impacted by poverty. We are directed by people with low incomes and people of color, ensuring accountability to the communities that are disproportionately impacted by poverty. We have a powerful track record of victories in the legislature, achieved by engaging thousands of people to become activists for social change.

Poverty Action is:

  • Creating Change – Poverty Action is a statewide network of individuals and organizations pushing for innovative policy solutions that create equity. We reach out to people in all parts of the state to ensure we represent the diverse concerns of our community. The strength of our organization lies in our ability to unite individuals to fight for a common cause.
  • Speaking Truth – Poverty Action strives to ensure the public, the media and decision makers get the story straight. Through involvement of people with lower incomes and people of color, Poverty Action dispels the damaging misconceptions surrounding poverty, holds government officials accountable, and forwards real solutions through public education campaigns.
  • Reclaiming Democracy – People working together can make a huge difference. Poverty Action mobilizes people to come together, get educated, formulate solutions, and act. That’s why we organize people across the state to vote, speak to the media, march on the capitol steps, flood legislators with mail, phone calls and email, and testify at hearings. Together, we can make sure the decision makers in our state work for all Washington families.

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