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On October 26, the Half in Ten campaign started the clock on their goal to cut poverty in half in ten years with the release of their first annual report, Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth. This report established a baseline for tracking our nation’s progress on poverty reduction by looking at measures to create good jobs, strengthen families, and promote economic security. The report provides data, rankings, and fact sheets for all 50 states and DC. 


On this webinar, speakers will share top-level findings from the report, connect the research to current policy debates, and highlight resources and opportunities that advocates can use to keep our policymakers accountable in their efforts to cut poverty and expand economic opportunity.

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Understanding of the resources provided by Half in Ten’s new report, website, and grassroots toolkit, including state-by-state data and rankings 
  • Case study of report in action and ideas to use report’s findings in your advocacy 
  • Background and update on active legislation to cut poverty and increase opportunity

Who Should Attend:
  • National, state, and local advocates
  • Legislative staff
  • Grassroots organizers and activists 
  • Researchers 
  • Economic and social justice bloggers 
Formats Available: Webinar
Original Seminar Date: November 09, 2011
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The Great Recession caused a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who are suffering from hunger or food insecurity. Federal and state programs have done a great deal to keep starvation at bay, but the rising incidence of hunger exacts a very large cost to society. Hungry individuals get sick more often which imposes costs on our health care system and lost productivity at work. Children who are food insecure are absent from school and drop out more often than their peers. They increase the cost of special education and decrease their earning potential over their lifetime. CAP and Brandeis will release a new report, Hunger, the Suffering We All Pay For which tallies these costs and others. The Center for American Progress and Donald Shepard of Brandeis University will release a new report, Hunger, the Suffering We All Pay For, which tallies these costs and others. This report will show that every American is paying for a quickly rising Hunger Bill.

Who Should Attend:
  • Anti-hunger, anti-poverty advocates 
  • Legislative staff
  • Food policy researchers
  • State food program administrators 
Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar + Archive
Original Seminar Date: October 06, 2011
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In the last year, we’ve seen budget and deficit reduction proposals that ask struggling families to bear the brunt of deficit reduction in order to finance more tax breaks for millionaires. It doesn’t have to be this way. 

Poverty reduction and deficit reduction are not mutually exclusive goals. The major deficit reduction packages of the recent past all operated on one shared principle—low-income Americans and the programs that support them should be protected in deficit reduction. In fact, and in many cases investments were made as part of these packages that actually reduced poverty and strengthened the middle-class. 

Join Half in Ten, the Center for American Progress, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) for a webinar on how we can dramatically reduce poverty, grow our economy, and restore shared prosperity, even as we deal with long-term deficit reduction. With consequential lame duck fights approaching on tax fairness, the safety net and deficit-reduction, this webinar couldn’t be timelier. 

In this webinar, participants will learn the details of the plan, get the latest briefs and messaging resources, and learn how to put this information into practice in advance of the elections this fall. It’s time that we pivot from playing defense to playing offense on restoring shared prosperity for all. 

Attendee Takeaways:
  • Understanding of the plan put forth by the Center for American Progress that shows how we can dramatically cut poverty in half while cutting our long-term deficits 
  • Understanding of why and how these new resources and messaging can help inform the national debate on poverty 
  • Action steps you can take to integrate this framework into your advocacy for low- and moderate-income Americans in upcoming policy battles

Who Should Attend:
  • Anti-poverty advocates
  • Community leaders
  • Legislative staff
  • Business leaders
Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar
Original Seminar Date: August 15, 2012
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We are currently living through an unprecedented era of high unemployment and growing poverty.  Now more than ever it is important to ensure that everyone’s basic needs are being met, including those related to food.  State plans to end hunger should play an important role in achieving that goal.  Although there are realistic concerns about the challenges facing state budgets, progress is still achievable.  This can largely occur through maximizing the use of available federal resources.  

This session will highlight the top four approaches that should be a part of state plans to end hunger.  Also included is information about how plans could be affected by current deficit reduction efforts in Congress.

Formats Available: Streaming, Webinar + Archive
Original Seminar Date: September 15, 2011
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Social media has emerged as a new and effective tool for advocacy and organizing. While many organizations and individuals have begun to understand and utilize the potential that Facebook, Twitter, and other areas of new media offer, there is still a great deal of room for the antipoverty community to gain traction and presence online. In our ever-evolving political context, social media stands to be an incredible tool for advocates to stand up against budget cuts, galvanize an organized response, and capture the attention of members of Congress.

To that end, we at Half in Ten are excited to announce a social media training for grassroots advocates with Alan Rosenblatt, Associate Director of Online Advocacy for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Center for American Progress. Under Rosenblatt’s leadership the Center for American Progress’s new media presence earned the 2010 Markie Award for social media. 

The online training will cover how the antipoverty/economic opportunity movement can use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to grow our audience, strengthen our capacity to respond to policy developments, and engage in new advocacy tactics with members of Congress.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: April 14, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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With vital programs like affordable housing, job training, and home energy assistance under fire, it is more important than ever to show the consequences of deep funding cuts in human terms. Storybanking, or collecting stories from affected individuals, families, congregations, and businesses across the country, has proven to be a useful and effective advocacy tool in past policy debates. Storybanking is especially relevant today as advocates work to demonstrate the impact of funding cuts on real people in the ongoing deficit reduction debate. 

Want to do your part to fight back against these reckless, devastating cuts to human needs programs? Join Half in Ten and national storybanking experts for a training on the fundamentals of storybanking, best practices for collecting and submitting stories to the Half in Ten-Coalition on Human Needs storybank, and tips for leveraging stories with members of Congress and the media.
Formats Available: Streaming
Original Seminar Date: March 14, 2011
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now
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