Yes, the 2021 legislative session is over, but not the work on behalf of children. Advocacy is ongoing and a continuum towards change. Children cannot afford silence or delay.
An NBC article glaringly titled “Poverty soared to a pandemic high”, notes poverty disproportionately affects the most marginalized populations, including children. The impact of the pandemic and resulting economic uncertainties has caused childhood poverty to soar to a rate of 17.4 percent.
As telling, the article addresses the correlation between stimulus payments and drops in poverty, while also emphasizing concern of what happens when the safety net afforded by the CARES ACT gradually comes to an end. Moreover, economic recovery will not be the same for everyone, but in all instances children will be impacted.
Advocacy demands we stay engaged by learning, sharing and acting on the issue of childhood poverty and other issues shaping the lives of children. We must also be strategic in our mobilization efforts recognizing the combined voices of a few is not as loud as the ROAR of many. Join the ROAR!