#TheseCutsHurt Day of Action

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“Budget cuts will only hurt American families, including working families. It will make more mothers cry, more kids hungry, and America weaker.” 

– Myra Young, Witnesses to Hunger: Philadelphia

Budgets are moral documents.  They show a nation’s priorities- what we value and want to attach our tax dollar to funding.  Too often the programs that support families are the first to be cut hurting millions

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On October 30th, 2017, people from around the country will be speaking out to raise awareness about how proposed budget cuts will hurt their families, children, communities, and this country as a whole.

By sharing their personal experiences and ideas for change, Americans can stand up together and say that THESE CUTS HURT and that they have had enough of the government refusing to prioritize our children and our families.

Programs that feed millions, that house people, that provide health care – among so many others – are on the chopping block.  Our country can and must do better to support families – the majority of whom are working or want to work – to make ends meet.

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Action Day Details 

Date: October 30th

Time: 9:00 – 5:00 (local times)

Locations: Online/Local Community

Follow: Witnesses to Hunger on Twitter: @Witnesses_NATL and hashtag #TheseCutsHurt

Online Activities

People who would be impacted by any cuts can take to social media and share their stories and expertise.  By using the #TheseCutsHurt, individuals, community groups, and organizations can amplify the messages and participate in the discussion.

All participation will help raise the impact of these cuts.

Some ways to participate include:

  • Tweets/Facebook Posts/Instagram/etc.
  • Videos of people sharing their expertise
  • Pictures that show the real cost of any cuts

If your organization wants to be an official partner in this event, please fill out this form and we will connect you with our planning team. See our tentative schedule below and think of how you’d like to participate:

9am–10am: Youth and Hunger

10am11am: Healthcare

11am–12pm: Housing

12pm12:30pm: YouTube Live Lunch “Expert Voices Matter: A Discussion on Centering Marginalized Voices”

12:30pm–1pm: Break

1pm–2pm: SNAP

2pm–3pm: TANF

3pm–4pm: Education and Childcare

4pm–5pm: Café Conversations: Community Organizing and Next Steps 

5pm–8pm: Replay of morning events for Pacific-time viewers

In-Person/Local Events

Meeting with your legislator in district or holding an event to draw attention to the impact of the budget will help to draw the attention of your elected official and the media.  You can then share any of those activities on social media to tie into the larger national activities.

Some ways to participate:

  • Schedule a meeting with you member or their staff in their local office
  • Request for your member of Congress to come to your site or location to learn more about the impact of the cuts.
  • Host an event that elevates the voices of people who would be impacted by the cuts
  • Write an oped for a local paper or a blog about local impact of cuts and share
  • Talk to the press about speaking with someone who would be hurt by any cuts.

How to learn more and sign up!

To sign up to participate in this Day of Action (as an individual) and to receive more information fill out this google form.  If you have any difficulty filling out the form email kate.scully@drexel.edu.

Partners/ Supporters

Budgets are real documents with real consequences.  When families have to make cuts to their personal budgets they pay for what is most important first. What could be more important that keeping our children healthy and supporting families to move toward self-sufficiency?

If Congress wants to cut programs, they need to understand what those cuts mean in their districts and in their communities.

On October 30th join us in speaking out about how #TheseCutsHurt.