#TalkPoverty: A Social Media Movement for SOTU and Beyond

Half in Ten and partners
January 31, 2013

Take two minutes to make your voice heard! 

1 in 5 children in the United States live in poverty—that ought to be too big to ignore. So it's time to change the discussion. It’s time to #TalkPoverty. We joined forces with Half in Ten and other partners to raise their digital voices during the election, and we're not stopping now. As the President's State of the Union approaches, we're pushing him and his administration's to address this issue now.

We need to continue to push the Obama administration, lawmakers, and the media to address the issues of child and family poverty in their budget talks, proposed legislation, and platforms.

The #talkpoverty hashtag has been growing in use and visibility, and we want to keep it that way.  Keep tweeting your Senators, Representatives, and policymakers at all levels to ask them to #talkpoverty.

You can join the movement right from your computer or with your smartphone--all you have to do is copy, paste, type, click.

Here's how you do it:


  • Tweet the President, your Congressperson, or any local policymaker with a targeted tweet.  Tweet it >>

The US has a huge poverty problem, & the conversation must begin! Time for POTUS to #talkpoverty http://ow.ly/hiHJj

  • Or, write your own. To make an impact your tweet should include the Twitter handle of a policymaker, Senator, Representative, etc (if targeted), #TalkPoverty and your own statistic, picture or link to tell your own story.
  • Get more shareable posts and sign up for updates on the TalkPoverty page at http://halfinten.org/talkpoverty and check out TalkPoverty on Facebook.

Plus: City Limits has noticed the lack of addressing real poverty in the mainstream media, and held their second panel on the issue. Check it out:


Success: #TalkPoverty In the News during Election Season

August 10, 2012
Talk About Poverty (#TalkPoverty): Peter Edelman's Questions for Obama and Romney

The Nation

October 15, 2012
Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention

October 16, 2012
Missing From the Presidential Race: The One in Six Americans Living in Poverty
Washington Post

Silence Breaks on Poverty in the Debates
Washington Post Opinion


Related original SparkAction commentary:

Still "Other", Still Invisible: American Poverty Fifty Years On by Alison Beth Waldman

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