Our Issues

Our History

Equal Voice Action (EVA) grew out of a decade-long effort by Marguerite Casey Foundation and its grantee partners to determine the best way for poor and low-income families to have a voice in the local, regional and national policies that affected their daily lives. The foundation and its grantees held 65 town hall meetings across the country, culminating on September 8, 2008, when 15,000 families came together in Birmingham, Chicago and Los Angeles to adopt the first Equal Voice National Family Platform, based on the issues families had identified as central to their well-being.

What issues are important to equal voice action?

Child Care
Increase access to quality, affordable child care for families of all economic backgrounds. Invest more money in child care subsidies and early childhood education. Prepare young children to succeed i...
Criminal Justice Reform
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Education
Support all students to succeed. Involve parents in school decisions and in their children's education. Eliminate zero tolerance policies that push students out of school. Provide access to college pr...
Elder Care
Provide adequate, affordable housing and care for all seniors to live with dignity. Protect economic security. Support grandparents raising grandchildren. See who is working on this issue in your are...
Employment/Job Training
Pass living wage laws. Enforce labor laws for all workers, including domestic workers. Stop wage theft. Provide paid sick days for workers. Promote local hiring and workforce development. See who is ...
Environmental Issues
Ensure that all families have access to clean air and safe water. Guarantee that low-income communities are fairly represented in land use, regulation and community development planning and implementa...
Food Security/Access to Healthy Food
Ensure that all families have access to affordable, healthy food. To add your organization to the list below, please submit your request by clicking ...
Health Care
Provide access to affordable health and dental care, including mental health services, for all. Ensure that the needs of people with disabilities are met. Improve public programs, such as Medicaid, by...
Housing
Build affordable housing. Eliminate predatory lending practices. Prevent families from being displaced by development and gentrification. Protect the rights of tenants. See who is working on this iss...
Immigration Reform
Support immigration reform that keeps families intact. Provide more pathways to citizenship. Separate the responsibilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the police. See who is work...
LGBT Rights
Recognize and support the legitimacy of all families. To add your organization to the list below, please submit your request by clicking ...
Transportation
Guarantee access to safe, reliable and affordable public transportation that serves all families where they live, work and go to school. Invest in transportation infrastructure. See who is working on...
Youth Engagement
Strengthen leadership and organizing skills of youth so that they can take an active role in their communities. Prepare youth to succeed in college and the workplace. Support summer jobs programs for ...