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.
In early January, the media will be asking one simple question: we launched a war on poverty. How are we doing? Many will use this opportunity to attack the safety net and argue for even deeper cuts to the programs that families rely on in an economy that still fails them. It’s critical that we use this opportunity to push back on false claims and narratives, and put forward a proactive vision about how to cut poverty over the next 50 years.
Take action, share your story, and get your elected officials to listen. This toolkit provides several resources to help you take action with the media, other advocates, and your elected officials around the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty including:
- Important state-by-state and national data from Half in Ten and its partners
- Media talking points
- Questions and answers about the War on Poverty
- Sample op-ed, press release, and letter to the editor
- Ways to take action online by joining the #TalkPoverty digital movement including infographics and sample social media
- Ways to tell your story through Our American Story and get your voice in the media
- New reports from the Center for American Progress and Half in Ten campaign