Q&A

What is the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign?

The Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign is an effort by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and its grantees to build support for a national family-issues platform created and advanced by families.

What are the goals of the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign?

Through the development of a national platform of issues of concern to families, the Equal Voice for America’s
Families campaign will:

  • Create a national platform of family issues;
  • Spark a national dialogue about the policies and attitudes that negatively impact families;
  • Ensure that families are a part of any such national discussion;
  • Build a movement of families to sustain long-term change;
  • Increase civic engagement among families.

How will the Campaign work?

Marguerite Casey Foundation and its grantees — more than 225 local, regional and national nonprofit organizations — who work with families in the poorest areas of the country will :

  • Hold approximately 40 townhall meetings in the Foundation’s grantmaking regions to engage families in
    the discussions.
  • Bring together approximately 10,000 families to release the national platform in a multicity convention on September 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Birmingham, AL.

Why a campaign for families?

No family should live in poverty.

  • Linked Futures – A community’s well-being is dependent on the opportunities families have to become self-reliant.
  • Social and Economic Justice — Increasing the participation of parents and community-based
    organizations in advocacy, activism, and public education efforts on issues that directly affect families will lead to a more just and equitable society.
  • Sustained Change — The Campaign supports long-term social change that shifts national attitudes and policies through coalition and movement building.

What is the fundamental campaign message?

Strong communities require strong families- social and economic equality for families .