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2014


Photography by Mike Kane for Equal Voice News


Dear Friend, Behind each image in the 2014 Equal Voice News Calendar is the story of one of the 46.5 million poor people in our country. Equal Voice News, a Seattle-based online newspaper published by Marguerite Casey Foundation, reports on the stories of individuals and families you might not otherwise have the opportunity to read about.

Issues covered by Equal Voice News www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org Child Care

Equal Voice News tells stories rarely told and raises voices rarely heard. Communities

Why? Because we want to change the public narrative as to who is poor in the United States and why. Poverty is not a choice. Poverty is people working two or more jobs to support a family. Poverty is low wages, substandard schools and a lack of affordable housing. And, poverty is about the impact of policy on families struggling to get by.

Criminal Justice

Because people living in poverty are the experts on poverty. If their voices are not heard, solutions to economic inequality will never be more than piecemeal and they’ll be someone else’s idea of what is needed for families to thrive.

Economy

Because policy affects poverty. Examining the connection between policy and poverty is the only way families and policymakers will develop systemic solutions that allow all families and communities to flourish.

Education

These are the beliefs that power the journalism you’ll find in Equal Voice News. Through original reporting, we reveal important stories – personal stories – that we hope will help make lasting change. Recently, for example, Equal Voice News articles brought attention to: • How coal mining and power plants on tribal lands in Arizona exact a significant cost on Native Americans. • How immigrant farmworkers take great risks to support their families while working in the country’s $297 billion agriculture industry. • How eminent domain – the “seizing” of private property for public use – might be used to stabilize neighborhoods with “underwater” mortgages.

Employment

Environment

Health Care

At Marguerite Casey Foundation, we believe that change is possible. One path to change is our commitment to keeping the advocacy efforts of poor and low-income families in the public’s eye year-round.

Housing

Each of the stories in this 2014 calendar focuses on someone working to make the world a better place for all children. I urge you to take the time to read their stories and to read Equal Voice News throughout the New Year.

Immigration Reform

Then, join families and the foundation in acting for change. LGBT

Luz Vega-Marquis President and Chief Executive Officer Marguerite Casey Foundation

Politics, Policy and Elections $

Poverty


Photography by Vinicio Interiano for Equal Voice News


Accidental Foreigners: America’s Forgotten Citizens

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What happens when scores of U.S.born kids leave the United States when their parents are deported?

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The Price of Power to a Nation

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The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona relies on Native American coal and water and helps millions in several states. But residents talk of black lung and depleted resources.

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Claudia Rowe | Special to Equal Voice News

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to humility and hope our work. Our advocating actions are on guided Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to bring creating a movement of to working families their by own the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary. behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.


Photography by Matthew Ryan Williams for Equal Voice News


Can a 1-Percenter Save Troubled Mortgages?

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Maybe. But the idea of using government power to "seize" mortgages in "underwater" neighborhoods wasn’t getting anywhere until the 99 percent got involved.

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Maureen O’Hagan | Equal Voice News

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Photography by Jared Soares for Equal Voice News


Yearning for the Betterment of People’s Lives

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Greg Kaufmann | Special to Equal Voice News

Journalist Greg Kaufmann reflects on the words of Isaiah, the prophet, in the context of poverty and thinks about light that "will rise in the darkness."

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.


Photography by Mike Kane for Equal Voice News


Food Security for All: The U.S. Struggles Over the Farm Bill

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Michael Mello | Special to Equal Voice News

The farm bill supports the nation’s food supply and security. In Fresno, Calif., growers say more attention to farming is needed or "we could all lose."

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.


Photography by Mike Kane for Equal Voice News


Forget Foreclosure: County Codes Cost Florida Families Their Homes

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Mike Kane | Special to Equal Voice News

A few years ago, working families at a Miami mobile home park faced paying money to fix county code issues - dollars that many lacked. Some people simply left.

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Return to Sender

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In 2011, families in Arkansas opposed a U.S. plan to shutter post offices in rural areas, saying they are communication hubs.

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.


Photography by Mike Kane for Equal Voice News


System Failure

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Claudia Rowe | Special to Equal Voice News

In Mississippi, residents know that poverty and race are linked to education. For one man, the support he needed to earn his high school diploma came from his mom.

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.

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Photography by Mike Kane for Equal Voice News


Families Tighten Belts: Food Stamps, Hunger and Facts

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Maureen O’Hagan | Equal Voice News

Hunger in America was thrust into the news in 2013 with federal lawmakers suggesting $40 billion in food stamp cuts.

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.

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Photography by Michael Shin for Equal Voice News


School Concerns Flare, as 48 Chicago Campuses Close

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Keith Griffith | Special to Equal Voice News

The 2013 closures affect about 13,000 students, many who are in low-income neighborhoods. Parents say the closing schools offer small class sizes.

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Marguerite Casey Foundation is dedicated to creating a movement of poor and low-wage families advocating on their own behalf for change. We strive to bring humility and hope to our work. Our actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.

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The True Cost of Food: Immigration and Agriculture Workers Brad Wong | Equal Voice News

As immigration policy changes were considered in 2013, some questioned an agriculture guest worker program, given possible legalization for the undocumented.

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Photography by Mike Kane Š Equal Voice News


Beefed Up Border Patrol Devastates Northern Communities

DECEMBER Sunday

Kathy Mulady | Equal Voice News

In Forks, Wash., many residents say the increased number of immigration agents along the U.S.-Canadian border actually affects people’s trust in the federal government and strains community ties.

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These are the faces of Equal Voice News. Each of the above images comes from an article published by Equal Voice News (equalvoiceforfamilies.org). Scan the QR code next to the article heading and description to read the full story.

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