Resources for the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty

January 8th marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union address calling on the nation to launch an “unconditional war on poverty.”  This address signaled a renewed national commitment to fighting poverty through targeted policy resulting in programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Pell Grants, expansions to Social Security and nutrition assistance.


Half in Ten and the Center for American Progress have produced several new resources to learn about what this anniversary means and how to take advantage of media and action opportunities to support low-income families:


1) Take Action and #TalkPoverty Toolkits

These new toolkits include talking points, questions and answers, results from our new national poll, a sample op-ed, press release, social media and other data and resources for you to take action around the anniversary.  In addition to our national toolkit, we have custom toolkits for Virginia, Colorado, Florida, and Tennessee.


2) New Report: “50 Years After LBJ’s War on Poverty: A Study of American Attitudes About Work, Economic Opportunity, and the Social Safety Net”

A full report on a new national poll conducted by the Half in Ten campaign.


3) New Report:  “The War on Poverty Then and Now: Applying Lessons Learned to the Challenges and Opportunities Facing a 21st-Century America”

A new report from our partner, the Center for American Progress, about the War on Poverty’s legacy, how are public policies need to change to meet today’s economic challenges, and how we need to craft a new investment agenda for the next 50 years.