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AZ Families Call for "Main Street" Stimulus

February 9, 2009

Phoenix, AZ – Wall Street got its bailout; and now, thousands of Main Street American families say it's their turn. A year-long process featuring 65 town hall meetings and 30,000 participants has produced a National Family Platform called "Equal Voice," a blueprint that urges a comprehensive approach to the challenges facing families.

George De La Riva, a parent from Nogales, Arizona, will join 150 others to present the plan to the nation's leaders on Wednesday.

"The families of America actually have done their homework. They are not just out there complaining. They would like to be part of this change that's coming to America, this movement by which we can bring changes to our lives."

The platform calls for equal access to living-wage jobs, affordable housing, quality health care, and education, and it says these issues must be addressed together because single-issue solutions have failed.

De La Riva says lawmakers have focused on bailing out bankers and auto companies while paying little attention to the needs of America's families.

"Our local families are the ones that are suffering, the ones that are getting laid off, the ones that are getting their hours cut from work. Those are the ones that I see. What is the package going to do for them?"

De La Riva says the Equal Voice campaign has a better chance to change national policy on families now that Barack Obama is President.

"I believe that he has a better sense of how the American families, the ones that are struggling out there, live day by day, and I really do think that we have a chance of being heard this time."

The Equal Voice National Family Platform says every person in America should be able to fulfill his full potential regardless of economic status at birth.

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service - AZ