Starting the Clock on Cutting Poverty in Half

November 1, 2011

Half in Ten has officially started the clock on the goal of cutting poverty in half in 10 years.

The Half in Ten campaign is challenging America to cut poverty in half in the next decade – and we all have a role in helping to make that happen.

On Oct. 26,  Half in Ten released a landmark report that established  a baseline for tracking our progress over the next decade and proposed policy solutions to move the numbers in the right direction.  SparkAction was there and has this write-up.

This report was not made to sit on the shelf!

As Chanel Hardy, vice president of the Urban League, underscored at our the Oct. 26  launch event, “We all need to see a place for ourselves in advocating. … it’s our responsibility as citizens to demand and to hold accountable.”

Check out the report’s top 10 findings here.

Investing in our nation’s safety net is good for the economy, and it also provides the temporary help needed to get people back on their feet so that they can use their talents and contributions to make our country stronger.

So what can we do?

As we approach the holiday season, millions of jobless workers are at risk of losing their unemployment benefits since Congress has not passed the American Jobs Act. We need to hold Congress’s feet to the fire.

Call or write your members of Congress today and tell them to extend unemployment benefits. Unemployment insurance not only keeps millions out of poverty, but it also creates jobs as people spend their benefits in local stores and boost demand in the economy.


Know the facts. Check out your state’s data and rankings here on good jobs, strong families, and economic security.


The interactive maps show what’s at stake in every congressional district and state across the country if the safety net is slashed. It’s pretty powerful to play with!


Read the report, Restoring Shared Prosperity, which is starting the clock on the goal to cut poverty in half in 10 years.





Listen to the story of Center for American Progress’s new President and CEO Neera Tanden, who talks about how policies and programs such as welfare, food stamps, housing vouchers, and public education helped her family when they were down on their luck and provided her with the opportunity to access the American Dream.

Watch the event with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, where Half in Ten launched the  new report on cutting poverty in half in 10 years.  (And read Tara James’ summary of the key take-aways from the event.)


What Else Should I Know?

Half in Ten co-hosted an event on paid sick days featuring Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT).

America’s hunger bill: How much is hunger costing your state?

Read the White House’s recent report “Creating Pathways to Opportunity,” on their work to cut poverty and create greater opportunity.