Equal Voice Action was formed by and for poor and low-income families to use their voices to influence policies that improve the economic and social well-being of all families.

We believe that our nation should be one in which everyone is treated fairly and equitably, and that, consistent with our national value of democracy, our political processes should be accessible and accountable to all. We believe that strong families make America stronger, that all families should be treated with dignity and respect, that no family should live in poverty, that change is driven from the ground up, and that poor and low-income families are the experts on what solutions are needed to lift our communities out of poverty.

This year’s midterm elections are a critical opportunity for our families to hold candidates accountable, both for knowing what issues are most important to us and for taking clear stands on those issues.

In order to support our members in holding candidates accountable, between now and November, we will be focusing on three issue areas that are of vital importance to the well-being of poor and low-income families: immigration; criminal justice reform, especially in response to the mass incarceration of poor people and people of color; and access to affordable and equitable health care.

We will lift up these issue areas, bringing together new and past contributions from members, allies, and other thought leaders, so that the EVA community and our broader network can use these shared resources in their own midterm strategies and work.

We will also highlight the varied and powerful ways EVA members and allies are driving civic engagement, from engaging voters and fighting for voter rights, to building capacity and coalitions for effective advocacy, and seeding movements for social change.

Across these areas, we will spotlight local opportunities for members and allies to learn more, and to engage with organizations working in their states and regions.

By focusing on these priority areas, we do not undervalue or underestimate the many other issues that have major impact on the well-being of poor and low-income families. We at EVA believe that every issue is a family issue. Our decision to focus on these specific issues was driven by the current priorities of our membership, and of the general public, as we look to make our voices heard at the polls this fall.

Our country is in an especially critical moment. We at Equal Voice Action intend to do all we can to help our members and allies ensure that our elected officials and other policy makers are committed to improving the economic and social well-being of poor and low-income families—and that they live up to their commitments. We are honored to partner with you at this crucial time. Families must be heard.

To get involved and stay up-to-date on the latest news and action opportunities, join with us to make families heard.

Have ideas, resources, or opportunities to share? Send them to ideas@equalvoiceaction.org.

Explore resources, opportunities, and news across our priority issues for Election 2018:

While EVA will focus on these identified issue areas in 2018, we continue to welcome and share contributions by EVA members and allies in all of our issue areas relevant to the well-being of poor and low-income families. View our Issues here.