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Upcoming Hill Briefings to Explore Poverty

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This March, federal policymakers will be briefed on a series of issues critical to low-income Americans.

Half in Ten, an organization devoted to cutting domestic poverty in half over the next ten years, will bring a variety of poverty experts to the Hill. The speakers hope to inform our legislators about the status of low-income Americans and give them advice on what needs to be done.

The briefings aim to build champions on Capitol Hill and encourage federal action on poverty.

Among the speakers at the first briefing on March 12th will be Heather Boushey, senior economist at Center for American Progress; Deborah Frank, founder of Children’s HealthWatch; and moderator Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

The speakers will highlight a number of issues, including the impact of place-based poverty and the effects of poverty on members۪ districts. The briefing will also highlight the work being done by nonprofits, state legislators, and service providers, while arguing that the federal government needs to take the lead in combating poverty.

Half in Ten۪s convening partners include the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Coalition on Human Needs. Half in Ten also works with state coalitions including 9to5 Colorado, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and the Minnesota Half in Ten Coalition, which includes the Affirmative Options Coalition, the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, and A Minnesota Without Poverty.

OOTS is excited to see these issues get attention on a national stage.

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