The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 15, 2013

Meetings to address child poverty Oct. 24

Local leaders are planning a community solutions meeting Oct. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Alderson Elementary School, one of more than 70 taking across the state.

The purpose of these meetings is twofold: to support the work that is already going on in communities across the state to fight child poverty; and to engage new partners in impactful action at the local and state level.

“These meetings are not about talk. They are about action. Folks who come will leave with concrete ways they can fight child poverty in their neighborhoods,” said Stephen Smith with the West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, one of the statewide organizations that is part of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign.

“It could be anything from registering voters to helping draft statewide policy to starting a community garden to educating our friends and neighbors about the Affordable Care Act.”

Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty is a coalition of more than 160 partners that includes local churches and parent groups to the West Virginia AFL-CIO and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

In the 2013 session, the Campaign achieved 5 concrete victories — through statewide action — and is attempting to build on that success.

In September, the Campaign held a Policy Symposium in Charleston to lay out for the Legislature 18 possible policy proposals that could affect child poverty. One purpose of the community meetings is to begin to vet those proposals at the local level.

For more information, e-mail kjohnson@ncr. org.

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