Our Families Count All Year Long, During Election Season and Beyond!
Civic participation means getting everyday folks involved in the decisions that affect our families and communities. Election season is an especially important time for us to speak up, and there are many ways we can all get involved in the process, regardless of our citizenship status or whether we can vote. These resources can help you get involved in the process.
In 2016, Strong Families partners in eight states created tools to help their members learn more about a variety of elected offices and how they affect our families. Groups identified specific examples of how decisions they care about – from what gets taught in schools to services for families – are made by the people we elect. In addition to printing and distributing these guides in person at events and on the door, Strong Families partners are also sharing the materials electronically.
The Strong Families New Mexico Report Card seeks to inform policy makers, organizations, and community members of both the policies that promote equitable outcomes for all families and the policies that harm families.
The Report Card examines 18 pieces of legislation introduced during the 2015 legislative session and grades individual legislators. The legislation selected reflects a wide range of issues, affects families of many formations, and connects to our Strong Families policy criteria. We evaluated legislation in five categories: civil rights and criminal justice, economic justice, education equity, health equity, and anti-family.
Engagement is crucial to passing strong public policy at the state level. But understanding the inner workings of the state capitol can be confusing at times. We worked with partners in Colorado and Virginia to demystify the state legislative process by explaining how bills become law...and how individuals can influence the process to create better public policy for their families and their communities.
During elections, candidates are trying to win our vote. What kinds of questions can we ask that force them to focus on our families, not just empty promises and rhetoric? Forward Together and our Strong Families partners created two different tools that focus on the experiences of families of color, LBTQ families, single parent families and low income families.