Hierdie 140 million Americans are not
” of “blue.
” They’re of every color
, ouderdom, gender and sexual orientation
, and they live in every census tract and congressional district of this country
. According to our research
, 63 million poor and low-income people are eligible voters
, but many of their main concerns have not been addressed by either political party
In werklikheid, to date there hasn’t even been a serious debate on their health and economic well-being. That’s why in September, the Poor People’s Campaign invited both major party presidential candidates to a conversation on the concerns of the poor.
Trump did not respond to our invitation
. But Biden joined us and made this statement about what would happen in his administration
: “Ending poverty will not just be an aspiration
. It will be a theory of change
— to build a new economy that includes everyone
, where we reward hard work
, we care for the most vulnerable among us
, we release the potential of all our children
, protect the planet.
As people of faith and conscience, we take these commitments seriously.
Since the nominating conventions this summer
, we have looked closely at both parties
’ platforms and compared them to the policy demands our members have developed
. Die Republican platform has not been updated since
2016 — a startling admission that they have no plan for the pandemic
, which has required an infusion of resources into health care
, worker protections and an expanded safety net
In werklikheid, die 2016 Republican platform called for cuts to welfare programs and wanted to put Medicaid on the chopping block.
Die 2020 Democratic platform comes closer to offering a response
. The Democrats
’ Covid-19 plan preserves and expands health care
, including Medicaid and a free public option for the poor
, until the pandemic ends and the economy recovers
. It would make all workers eligible for paid family and medical leave
, and unemployment insurance would be expanded
. And it would raise the minimum wage to
$ 15 an hour by
These policies don’t meet our campaign’s full vision or agenda
. We think health care should be expanded to all permanently through Medicaid expansion and the adoption of a universal
, single payer system
, and we demand a much faster implementation of wage increases
, debt forgiveness and other goals
But the Democratic platform does show a desire to address the issues of poverty and economic insecurity that we have been raising.
Poor people have a huge stake in this election. This is why we have committed to do M.O.R.E. — mobilize, organize, registreer, and educate poor and low-income voters. We’re bringing people into a movement that votes and that will hold the next administration, whoever it is, accountable to the needs and demands of 140 miljoen Amerikaners.
We have been building this campaign across 45 states for nearly three years, but the pandemic has given this work tremendous new urgency. The people we are organizing are concerned about one thing: Who is advancing policies that address our concerns around poverty, and who is not?
Leading up to and on November 3, we will work to unleash the power of poor and low-income voters. And every day after, we will organize that power into a transforming force to change the heart and soul of this nation. As America listens to the final debate, nearly half of us will be waiting to hear what Trump and Biden have to say to poor and low-income people.