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Arizona Equal Voice Network is Hiring

canstockphoto2071967Housed at the Arizona Community Action Association, the Equal Voice Network is seeking a full-time “network weaver” to handle a variety of duties, including supporting internal and external communications and fostering relationships with member organizations. Learn more about the position by clicking here.

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act Without Simultaneous Replacement Raises Risk for Child Abuse and Neglect

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(Phoenix, AZ) – Congressional leaders are making plans for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act early in January. But they don’t have a replacement plan ready to present to the American people, so the repeal might have a delayed effective date with Congress asking us to wait and see what the new plan will be.

Governor Ducey has warned that repeal without a replacement plan at the same time could threaten health care coverage for 600,000 Arizona children and adults. This loss of health care also raises the risk for child abuse and neglect and creates looming pressure over Arizona’s overwhelmed foster care system. Join leaders in foster care and prevention to discuss the dangerous consequences of losing behavioral health services for parents and children.

WHERE: Arizona State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St. Lobby of the Capitol Tower
By the Christmas tree

WHEN: Wednesday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m.

SPEAKERS: Dana Wolfe Naimark, Children’s Action Alliance
Rebecca Ruffner, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
Kris Jacober, AZ Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Connie Phillips, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Desaray Klimenko, former foster youth

Families who have used the behavioral health system will be available for interview.

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Take Action: Tell Senators McCain and Flake to Vote NO on Repealing Health Care Law Without Simultaneous Replacement Plan

Congress is rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with no guarantee that people in Arizona will have protections for pre-existing conditions or access to quality, affordable health insurance. This would leave children, seniors and people with disabilities at risk, knowing that they may have to stop critical treatments such as cancer care and prescription drugs.

Lawmakers could vote as soon as January to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That’s why we need you to contact Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake TODAY, asking them to vote NO on repealing the ACA until there is a replacement plan that shows Arizonans how they will get affordable health coverage. Your message will go directly to Arizona’s senators right away.

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I ask you to protect children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Please insist on a specific health care plan that will assure we have the security of affordable health insurance before you vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

We’re counting on you to stand up against the usual Washington tactics. Arizonans deserve to know exactly what is in a replacement plan and see proof that it will provide better, more affordable care, coverage, and consumer protections BEFORE any repeal.

Our own state healthcare leaders say that a repeal with a delay could take billions of dollars out of Arizona’s economy, throwing our health care sector into chaos, threatening the survival of rural hospitals, wiping out jobs, and leaving entrepreneurs and small businesses at high risk.

Please vote No on any repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a simultaneous replacement.

Thank you.

You Can Make 2017 Bright for Arizona Children

superhero girlAs we send our New Year’s wishes out to colleagues, friends and family, Arizonans share hopes and dreams, worry and uncertainty about what 2017 will bring. This election year has certainly revealed deep divisions in our nation with so many people feeling left out and left behind and so much fear of the future translated into anger.  We know that the work of coming together to build a better future is more important than ever.  Arizonans like you have joined with Children’s Action Alliance for 28 years to make a difference for families right here in our great state.  Together, we have created the tools for more children to grow up in safe and loving homes with the health and education they need to be part of a thriving Arizona.

2017 promises to bring many new challenges and also offers new opportunities to make an impact.  Arizona kids are counting on us to speak up and speak out, to understand the issues they face, to build a plan that works, and to take united action to give all Arizona children the chance to reach their dreams.

Please join us.  You can make a tax deductible donation today that will help Arizona come together for the New Year.

 

It’s Your Last Chance to Apply for Our Leadership Academy

canstockphoto9302170The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for Children’s Action Alliance’s 2017 Leadership Academy, an intensive nine-week program designed to mentor everyday Arizonans with the drive to make a difference in the community.

Our nine-week program (weekends only) begins February 3, 2017 and runs through March 12. The Leadership Academy will equip the selected participants with the skills and knowledge to work for public policy changes that help Arizona children and families. The program is free of charge, but space is limited to 15 participants. Academy workshops are held on weekends to accommodate Arizonans who live outside the Phoenix area.

The deadline is Thursday, December 15. Download the application, fill it in and submit to Julie Bacon at JBacon@azchildren.org as soon as possible to be considered.