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Community Action Partnership 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 19, 2004
11:46 AM
CONTACT: Community Action Partnership 
Lisa Holland, 202-265-7546
lholland@communityactionpartnerhsip.com
 
Statement from Derrick Span, National President of the Community Action Partnership, Regarding Thanksgiving and Low-Income Americans
Thanksgiving is Another Day in Poverty for 110 Million Americans National Organization is Calling for a White House Conference on American Poverty to Address the Issue
 

WASHINGTON -- November 19 -- Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and most Americans are buying turkeys, preparing stuffing, and perfecting Mom's pumpkin pie recipe. For them this holiday is a happy occasion and a chance to enjoy a great meal with family and friends. But for the 110 million Americans living in or near poverty, the holiday is ripe with anxiety. These families wonder if they will be able to afford a turkey, if they will ever be able to have Thanksgiving dinner in their own home instead of a homeless shelter, and if things will get better by the time Christmas rolls around.

The Community Action Partnership, the nation's largest anti-poverty organization, wants to ensure that all Americans can enjoy Thanksgiving and everyday of the year without worrying about a lack of jobs, affordable housing and health care. The organization is calling on President Bush to convene a White House Conference on American Poverty where the nation's top economist, practitioners, and policymakers would gather to craft a national anti-poverty agenda. The Partnership and its network of 1,000 Community Action Agencies are currently collecting signatures in support of the effort, and their goal is one million signatures demonstrating that a significant number of Americans feel that poverty is a serious issue and want the White House to address it. To download a copy of the petition or for more information on the Community Action Partnership, go to www.communityactionpartnership.com.

Based in Washington, DC, the Community Action Partnership is the national association representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) organized to change people's lives, embody the spirit of hope, improve communities, and make America a better place to live. CAAs care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. For more information about the Partnership and CAAs, visit the association's website at www.communityactionpartnership.com.

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