Thursday, October 6, 2016

Vote to Include Question on Poverty for October 9 Clinton and Trump Debate

From the Coalition on Human Needs (

For the upcoming Clinton vs. Trump debate, people can suggest questions and vote for them on a website, and the moderators have agreed to consider the most popular ones. People have posted tons of questions, so the odds of them choosing a poverty-related question are improved if we unite around one.

Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has posted a question to the site focused on promoting opportunity for low-income families:  How would your budget priorities lift working families with kids from poverty?

Here's how to vote for his question.  Go to and click on the Vote button

We like Patrick's question because it focuses on child and family poverty and asks the candidates to connect their budget plans to anti-poverty solutions. So far over 3,000 people have voted for it - please join in!

And please spread the word through social media - here are some sample tweets our friends at the Annie E. Casey Foundation have suggested:

  • Ask the candidates how they would reduce poverty and promote opportunity for America’s working families:

  • 5.5 million U.S. kids under age 6 live in poverty. Demand that our presidential candidates provide solutions:

  • Show your support for a meaningful discussion on poverty at the next Presidential Debate:

The Coalition on Human Needs, like many non-profit organizations, does not take positions on candidates for public office.  But we are allowed - and compelled by our conscience and mission—to lift up issues of great importance to our nation's future—issues like poverty, opportunity, and shared economic growth.