Pillar Two of "Talking Poverty & Economic Opportunity Today"

We can create an economy that works for all, with our government playing a key role.


A consistent barrier to productive conversations about poverty is the notion that it’s somehow inevitable. We need to remind audiences that our economy and its effects on people are the result of deliberate policies that benefit some over others. We have both the power and responsibility to end poverty and we can do that through government action.

We must center ourselves in – and remind those around us of – the abundance frame: that there is enough to go around.  Through the ingenuity of our collective efforts and by scaling up innovative solutions that have been working in communities across the United States, we can achieve true economic opportunity for everyone.

Remind audiences that we must work together to protect the public programs and policies – Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, and other initiatives – that help people get back on their feet in hard times, or when they face long-term obstacles.

Ending poverty is within our reach. It is the responsibility of our society and nation to create economic opportunity and eliminate poverty without criminalizing or stigmatizing those affected by it. We have the power to do so.

Suggested Language: 

Our government helps to improve public life: agencies and programs such as Social Security, the Centers for Disease Control and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) have helped millions of American families in hard times. We must protect these programs.

The government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. Through the leadership of people living in poverty, the ingenuity of our collective efforts, and the expansion of innovative solutions, we can achieve true economic opportunity for everyone.

In our work forward together, we must center and uplift the voices of people who have experienced poverty directly and recognize their critical role in identifying and attaining solutions.

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