Issues

At Poverty Action, we firmly believe that every individual is an expert in their experiences. 

As an organization dedicated to advocating alongside people with low incomes and people of color, we believe that our communities have the wisdom needed to offer solutions to the problems they face. Our work both starts and is carried out in partnership with Washingtonians living on low incomes, and it all starts with our semi-annual Listening Sessions. 

Listening Sessions allow Poverty Action staff and board members to travel the state and hear directly from Washingtonians about the issues impacting their families and communities. We lead conversations conversations focused on living on a low income, accessing financial assistance programs, the criminal justice system, and consumer debt– themes which are cornerstones of Poverty Action’s work. Our sessions are structured in a way that allows space for every participant to share their experiences and thoughts.

 

Illustration by Donna Seo and Mariko Yoshino

 

As the name suggest, Listening Sessions are a time for Poverty Action staff and board to listen and learn from community members. After these conversations are over, we turn what we have heard into a plan for action in the upcoming Legislative Session. Each year, the issues we work on are directly influenced by the conversations, feedback, and experiences that we hear from people with low incomes and people of color throughout Washington.