Resources from Around the Coalition: Racial and Ethnic Equality, Low-Wage Working Parents, Refugee Children and More
Promoting movements towards racial and ethnic equality. Developing agendas to help low-wage workers and their children succeed. Protecting undocumented students and their families. CHN’s coalition members are producing great work on very important issues. This week, we continue our Resources from around the Coalition blog series, highlighting important resources you should be aware of.
- According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute, people of color will become a majority of the American working class in 2032, meaning that improving the long-term living standards of America’s working class requires addressing the racial and ethnic divides that persist in this country today. The importance of this work is compounded by the fact that the working class makes up 66.1% of the U.S. civilian labor force; any long-term improvements in the lives of those in the labor force cannot be achieved without racial and ethnic equity. The EPI report translates this conclusion into policy proposals, arguing that raising the living standards for all working people requires working together towards changes such as equal pay for equal work, universal child care and early childhood education, higher minimum wages, reforms to immigration and criminal justice systems, and more.
- On July 7, First Focus held an event to release their Children’s Budget 2016, a very detailed annual publication that goes through all of the federal government programs geared towards children and how their funding level in the 2016 budget compares to previous years. In 2016, federal spending on investments in children accounted for only 7.83% of the total budget; total spending on children’s programs has decreased by five percent in the last two years. This annual report is a must-read resource for all advocates working to help improve the lives of America’s children. Check out the Children’s Budget 2016 here and watch videos of the speakers at the First Focus Children’s Budget Summit 2016 during which the publication was released.
- Looking for new ways to engage with social media in your advocacy efforts? Check out Bread for the World’s 2016 Election Memes! They are free to download and a great way to spread the word on how to #vote2endhunger this election season. Choose from dozens of different images with themes including hunger, poverty, the role of government in ending hunger and poverty, state-specific statistics, and development assistance. Many of the memes come in Spanish and English, making them a great way to engage with a large audience in promoting ways to end poverty and hunger.
- Last month, the National Women’s Law Center released a new agenda geared towards helping low-wage working parents and their children. The action agenda — Set up for Success: Supporting Parents in Low-Wage Jobs and their Children – uses the research from NWLC’s January report Set up to Fail: When Low-Wage Work Jeopardize Parents’ and Children’s Success to create policy proposals and strategic practices to address the struggles laid out in Set up to Fail. The goals delineated in the action agenda include increasing parents’ incomes, ensuring fair treatment in the workplace and predictable work schedules, expanding access to high quality and affordable child care and early childhood education, increasing access to paid sick days and paid family leave, and improving opportunities for parents to obtain education and workplace training.
- A new guide for educators and school support staff on Immigration and Refugee Children was recently put out by United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, First Focus, and the American Federation of Teachers. The guide, which is based on the premise that school should be safe havens for all students and their families regardless of citizenship status, is designed to help educate school staff on the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare undocumented students and families for the possibility of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid. According to the guide, teachers and other school administrators are often the first people to whom a student or family discloses their undocumented status, meaning it is vitally important that these staff have the education and resources needed to protect these students and families. If you are an educator or know those who are, be sure to check out the guide and help spread the word about this invaluable resource.
- BONUS: The Annie E. Casey Foundation released their 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book in June. The annual report finds today’s youth are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and instability of their families and a future that holds fewer opportunities to move up the economic ladder compared to adults in the previous two generations. The Casey Foundation offers policy recommendations to ensure all children are prepared for the future, including expanding access to pre-k and early childhood services, increasing the EITC for low-income workers without dependent children, and providing paid family leave. The report also ranks states in terms of children’s economic well-being, education, health, family and community, and overall well-being. Minnesota holds the top spot for a second year in a row, while Mississippi remains the lowest ranked. See how your state ranks and read the entire report here.