Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Ensure Basic Labor Protections and Transform the Way People Work in America

By National Domestic Workers Alliance | Originally published November 29, 2018 With Senator Kamala Harris (CA) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introducing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights this week, read the following overview of this landmark bill of rights proposal from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and take action by signing the NDWA’s petition supporting the passage of these long overdue … Read More

Public Opinion About Paid Family and Medical Leave – The Opportunity Agenda

By The Opportunity Agenda | Originally published April 2019 A report recently released by the Opportunity Agenda gives a comprehensive overview to research studies related to paid family and medical leave. The report provides information regarding gaps in public opinion research as well as a summary of what types of messaging and methods of communication are found to be most effective. Introduction Our … Read More

“Climate Apartheid” to Push 120 Million Into Poverty by 2030, UN Says – CNN

EVA Issues in the News Ivana Kottasová of CNN outlines a new report released by the United Nations warning of a disastrous “climate apartheid” between the rich and poor in an article originally published June 27, 2019. As climate change causes more extreme conditions on Earth, the report states that the rich will be able to pay to protect themselves … Read More

SCOTUS Decision Bolsters Legal Battle Against Census Citizenship Question on Discriminatory Intent Grounds – LUPE

The United States Supreme Court rules on the Census 2020 citizenship question

By La Unión del Pueblo Entero | Originally published on June 27, 2019 The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that blocks the citizenship question on the 2020 Census and requires the Trump administration to provide adequate justification for the addition of the question. “The real intention is to injure communities of color for partisan gain” SAN JUAN, TX—Today, the US Supreme Court … Read More

EVA 2019 Community Survey: Member Actions & Priorities

Thank you to the many members and allies who participated in our spring 2019 survey of the Equal Voice Action community. We received responses from EVA members and allies across at least 14 states and representing more than 50 organizations across the Equal Voice Network.  Here’s what you told us. Equal Voice Action members and allies are taking action online to … Read More

Affordable Housing for Minimum Wage Workers Doesn’t Exist – Curbed

EVA Issues in the News Jeff Andrews of Curbed discusses the housing crisis in the United States in this Curbed article originally published on June 18, 2019. Andrews details a report published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, “Out of Reach,” that states in 99% of counties in the United States, a modest one-bedroom rental is not affordable. Read … Read More

Venita Griffin | Digital Organizing Manager

Chicago, IL Venita brings 15+ years of corporate, nonprofit and multicultural communications experience to EVA overseeing digital advocacy and activations. Venita’s recent advocacy work includes leading the digital engagement and fundraising strategies for a national voter engagement campaign, a cross-movement civil rights organization, and a think tank focused on LGBTQ equality. She led the digital strategy for the campaign to … Read More

Honoring the Legacy of MLK: Putting an End to Mass Supervision – Gamaliel

By The Gamaliel Network Equal Voice network ally Gamaliel is a grassroots network of non-partisan faith-based organizations that seeks to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social, and economic decisions affecting their lives. This year, as part of the network’s efforts to advance criminal justice reform, Gamaliel affiliates across the country declared their commitment to ending Mass … Read More

No Exit: How Maryland’s Debt Collection Practices Deepen Poverty & Widen The Racial Wealth Gap

By the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition | Originally published June 2018 A recent report, “No Exit,” published by the Maryland Consumer Rights Protection Coalition found that debt collection practices in Maryland deepen poverty and widen the racial wealth gap. The report offers a number of recommendations for eliminating policies that criminalize poverty. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By the end of 2018, consumer debt is … Read More

Urban Institute: Due to Fear, One in Seven Adults in Immigrant Families Forgoed Public Benefits – CHN

By David Elliot of the Coalition on Human Needs | Originally published on May 29, 2019 Highlighted by the Coalition on Human Needs, a new brief released by the Urban Institute reveals adults in immigrant families did not participate in noncash benefit programs last year for fear of jeopardizing their future immigration status due to the Trump Administration’s proposed redefinition … Read More