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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.

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.

Children’s Action Alliance is Moving to a New Location

As our state has grown, so has the advocacy work and research we do on behalf of Arizona’s children.

Our team has expanded and is busier than ever, thus, after nearly 30 years in the same location, Children’s Action Alliance is moving to a new office.

We thank you for your patience and look forward to your continued support in the years to come.

Seeking a Few Good Arizonans to Become Leaders

canstockphoto13781822We are looking for a few dedicated Arizonans who are longing to make a difference in the community, particularly on issues affecting children and families, but need a little fellowship and guidance to get started. Our Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2017 class, and is geared toward everyday Arizonans with the drive to make a change for the better.

The Academy runs for nine sessions and is free to participants who are selected. Don’t delay, the deadline is December 15.

Space is limited to only 15 people, so download the application, fill it in and submit it to Julie Bacon as soon as possible to be considered. Applications are due December 15, 2016.

This is a statewide program that holds workshops on weekends to accommodate attendees who live outside of the Phoenix area. See our Leadership Academy page and application for more details.

An overview of the nine week program is available here. 

Georgetown Study Finds Number of Uninsured Kids is Dropping

boy at doctor for webEfforts to get more kids covered by health insurance are paying off. A recent study from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds the number of uninsured children in Arizona has dropped as the impact of health reform has taken effect. The percentage of kids without health coverage in Arizona declined by 30% between 2013 and 2015.

Thanks to Obamacare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the national uninsured rate for children was at a record low of 4.8% in 2015.  Arizona’s rate was still much higher at 8.3%.  Community groups throughout the state are working to push that uninsured rate down as we get the word out that KidsCare is back as a low-cost option for working families.

Our handy online toolkit has posters, question and answer sheets, ready-made social media posts, photos and other items you can share to help more families connect with KidsCare.

 

 

 

Still Have a General Election Mail in Ballot?

canstockphoto20343129Do you have an early ballot you’ve not yet mailed?

Because elections offices across Arizona must have possession of all ballots by the time polls close on November 8th, today is the final recommended day to mail them in.

If you are still studying the candidates and won’t be able to send your ballot by tonight (you can view responses from legislative candidates on conditions for kids on our website and watch a debate on education issues online), you can drop it off at any early voting location this week or ANY polling site on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.

Proposition 206: Better Wages for Arizona Working Families

canstockphoto4114828This election cycle is a dynamic one with substantive questions on the ballot, such as Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative. Children’s Action Alliance is proud to support this measure, which gradually increases the state’s minimum wage over the next several years. Proposition 206 would raise the current $8.05 per hour to $10 in 2017, then to $12 by 2020.

Proposition 206 also requires companies with 15 employees or more to provide five days of earned paid sick time per year, and employers with fewer than 15 employees to provide 3 days of earned sick time annually. Data shows many Arizona children and families are struggling, with more than one in four children living in poverty. Economic analysis finds the benefits from this gradual minimum wage increase will reach 477,000 children and, even taking into account the potential impact on jobs, the number of people living in poverty would drop; families would have more disposable income to spend and further fuel our economy.

Watch “Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona”

Watch educationshowdown- (1)In a recent statewide poll, 74 percent of Arizonans said they support more investment in public education. The 90 people who serve in the Arizona Legislature make those decisions. Those elected on November 8 will be the ones who determine whether Arizona’s public schools will have the resources needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, updated textbooks and technology and well-maintained school buildings.Children’s Action Alliance and twelve other organizations are pleased to sponsor Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona. Senate candidates in legislative districts 6, 8, 18 and 28 shared their views in discussions taped Oct. 12 at the Cox Communications studios in Phoenix.

Even if you are not a voter in one of these districts, we encourage you to watch this program as it will provide you with valuable information on the issues facing Arizona’s public schools and the questions we should be asking all candidates for the Arizona legislature.