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So all families can thrive.

Lifting Economic Policies That Support All Families

What if our elections centered the economic needs of our families? What if conversations about work were centered on the experiences of low-income workers, domestic workers, and the workers who make up our diverse families and communities?

This tool helps to put today’s diverse workers – from women to LGBTQ individuals to people of color – at the center of the conversation about economic policy. From questions about paid sick days to increasing the minimum wage to non-discrimination, we’ve found the latest data that incorporate race, gender, and sexuality, and created questions that can be used in a variety of contexts this election season.

Who Made This Tool?

Organizations working at the state and national level created this tool to lift our voices and families into the national conversation around economic policy. Groups involved in the creation of this tool include:

Forward Together Family Values at Work Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) Montana Women Vote National Asian Pacific American Women's Form National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health 9 to 5 Restaurant Opportunity Center United


Who Can Use This Tool?  Anyone!

If you are a 501c3 organization, you can use the questions in candidate surveys, forums, and to frame conversations with your members.

The guidelines below are some best practices for c3 election compliance, but are not a comprehensive list. For more complete guidance about specific communications, consult knowledgeable counsel.

  • You may want to adjust the questions to include your own state-level data. As much as possible, use local or state data sources that are neutral. Include the citations of all data.
  • Leave the questions open ended instead of making them yes/no questions.
  • Solicit candidate responses from all candidates running for office, not just a single party.
  • If you receive responses from only some candidates in a given race, make and document outreach efforts to the remaining candidates and describe them (along with contact information for those candidates) in any public distribution candidate responses.
  • Do not edit candidate responses in any way, including correcting spelling or punctuation errors. If your organization has a word limit, make it clear that responses that exceed the limit will be cut short.
  • Avoid any commentary that indicates which candidate response is better.
  • Contact a lawyer who understands the federal tax rules governing election-related activity by a 501c3 organization. Visit the Alliance for Justice website to see additional materials on c3-permissible activities.

If you are a 501c4 organization, you can use the questions to assess candidates and make organizational endorsements; in candidate surveys and forums; and to frame conversations with your members.