It was in the late 80’s when the national show, “CBS Sunday Morning” featured a story on TAP and the organization’s War on Poverty. Nearly three-decades later, the fight continues. TAP is the designated Community Action Agency based in Roanoke, Virginia.
The Community Action Partnership is interested in developing more of these stories from other CAAs.
They [the book’s editors] fail to examine the long-term, more intangible impacts of the War on Poverty that do not lend themselves to statistical analysis. For example, they don’t mention the more than 1,200 community-action agencies that were established during the first year of the antipoverty effort, nor do they discuss the impact those organizations have had.
Read this story from the Nonprofit Quarterly that includes perspectives from leaders within the Community Action Network.
Fifty years have passed since President Johnson first declared a War on Poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address. While many of the programs that emerged from this national commitment are now taken for granted, the nation would be unrecognizable to most Americans if they had never been enacted.
Talking Points for the War on Poverty are just a small sampling of the extensive polling, focus groups, and research that Half in Ten and partner organizations have pulled together to help commemorate and publicize the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, Economic Opportunity Act, Community Action.
Community Action Book Club – Selection for September 2012 – In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life (from GoodReads.com).
Sargent Shriver was a Kennedy in-law and former presidential candidate who launched the Peace Corps, Community Action, VISTA, Head Start and the Job Corps. CBS Sunday Morning sits down with Mark Shriver, Maria Shriver, and Bobby Shriver who remember the example Sargent Shriver set for them as a public servant and a father.
Passage of the Economic Opportunity Act, August 20, 1964: The Beginning of Community Action – Community Action was designed as a new locally-based approach to systematically address not only the conditions, but also the causes, of poverty. Learn about the origins of Community Action that still apply in many ways 46 years later.