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Start Planning for the First-Ever Assets & Opportunity National Week of Action

By Arohi Pathak on 01/07/2016 @ 04:00 PM

Tags: Assets & Opportunity Initiative, News

We know that economic insecurity and inequality are pervasive. We also know that there are proven solutions to these problems—solutions that need to be scaled to create an opportunity economy in which everyone has the chance to get ahead. That's why we’re launching the Assets & Opportunity National Week of Action to amplify our national conversation about solutions to financial insecurity and inequality. The first-ever National Week of Action will take place January 25-29, and we hope you’ll get involved.

The National Week of Action will kick off on Monday, January 25, with the release of the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. The Scorecard will reveal that well into the nation’s economic recovery, low- and moderate-income families—especially those of color—are no more financially secure than before the recession and perhaps even worse off than they were before. Each subsequent day of the Week of Action will focus on steps you can take to build financial opportunity in your community. On January 26, we’ll focus on helping families build good credit scores. On January 27, we’ll focus on reining in predatory lenders. On January 28, we’ll explore opportunities to expand children’s savings programs. Finally, on January 29, we’ll examine the power of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

We hope you will consider participating in the National Week of Action, as every commitment and action you take will make a difference. Here are just four of the ways you can get involved:

  • Use the data, tools and resources in the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard to illustrate the many ways that families across the country are struggling to get ahead.
  • Use and share social media toolkits to help raise awareness about solutions that build credit, rein in predatory lending, help families save for college and put the EITC within reach for more struggling families.
  • Participate in any of our virtual events: a webinar to mark the national release of the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard on January 25, an online briefing about how to protect owners of small businesses from predatory lending on January 27 or an online discussion on January 29 about the important roles philanthropists and lawmakers play in helping families save for college.
  • If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, save the date for a Capitol Hill Policy Forum on Friday, January 29, to celebrate EITC Awareness Day, where we’ll be hosting What’s Next for Tax Credits for Low-Wage Workers? A formal invitation for this event is coming soon.

It’s the commitment of partners like you that will build our shared vision of an opportunity economy that works for all. Please consider taking at least one action during this important week! If you want to share ideas or are interested in learning more about how we can collaborate, email assetsandopportunity@cfed.org.

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