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Leaders of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network education working group meet at ARISE Support Center in Alamo, Texas, in May. Photo by Mike Kane for Marguerite Casey Foundation's Equal Voice News

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Philanthropy and Families in 2019: Advocates for Equity

December 20, 2019

Marguerite Casey Foundation is nurturing a national family-led movement for justice and equity, focusing on advocacy, activism and education. For families, poverty is not a single issue. Here is a sample of 2019 Equal Voice stories about advocacy and hope.

March 12, 2019

“In West Phoenix, Mothers Lead the Fight for Immigrant Rights”

In West Phoenix, mothers are creating safer and healthier neighborhoods in one of the most populous U.S. cities by organizing know-your-rights clinics that ensure immigrant families understand both their rights and power in communities. Learn more by reading the story.

Aug. 2, 2019

“Appalachia’s Story: How the National Media Gets It Wrong”

There is a hopeful story in Appalachia far different from its national narrative. It is a story of transition from a shrinking coal industry to new economies built around farming and farmers markets, solar not coal power and arts communities. It is a story of change for and by Eastern Kentuckians. Learn more by reading the story.

Sept. 27, 2019

“Texas Border Families Fuel a Network to Build Power and Equity”

Learn how Texas families in the Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border are embracing a philanthropy-inspired network and their own agency to alleviate poverty. Learn more by reading the story.

Nov. 4, 2019

“California’s Inland Empire Offers Hope for a Nation”

California’s Inland Empire is ground zero for challenges that families face in the 21st century, including low-wage jobs, pollution and mass incarceration. But families are at the forefront of solutions because these issues are literally in their backyards. Learn more by reading the story.

Nov. 8, 2019

“Black Census Project Shows You Can’t Take Black Voters for Granted”

The inaugural Black Census Project found that many Black Americans don’t think politicians care much about their issues and communities. The project and its supporters, including Alicia Garza and Rashad Robinson, plan to change that. Learn more by reading the story.


Equal Voice is Marguerite Casey Foundation’s publication featuring stories of America’s families creating social change. With Equal Voice, we challenge how people think and talk about poverty in America. All original Equal Voice content, including freelance photography, can be reproduced for free, as long as proper credit and a link to our homepage are included. Photographs from The Associated Press are copyright protected.

Philanthropy and Families in 2019: Advocates for Equity