Elections have consequences: You may have to send your kids to bed hungry.
What's behind the Iowa MAGA Republican decision to refuse Federal aid meant to help low income families buy food for their kids? What does this have to do with Kim Reynolds (R-IA) Governor's decision to loosen work regulations so that children as young as 14 can go to work? Is the scheme to use starvation to force kids to work?
How do you connect the consequences of a political decision with people's lives? Start with a simple story that explains what's going on, while the issue is still fresh. Give them the facts. And show them what they can do to improve their lives and send their kids to bed happy (not hungry). This StoryMap was inspired by this article by Laura Belin
MAGA politics weaponizes hunger
Friday afternoon before holiday weekend news dump: State just announced Iowa will NOT participate next year in federal program that "provides families with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals $40 per child per month during the summer to purchase food." - Twitter
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will sign a bill to roll back labor protections for children, allowing them to work longer hours and take jobs that had been prohibited. The measure would permit children as young as 14 to work in roofing, construction and demolition... The legislation eliminates state regulations on the number of hours 16- and 17-year-olds can work and allows them to serve alcohol in restaurants with parental permission." - Washington Post
Keep it simple
It's easy to enrage and confuse people with soundbites. But soundbites never filled any kid's stomach when they're hungry.
Personalize the facts to make it easy for voters to see how a political decision will impact their lives. Maps are ideal for this, because they let people see who a decision will impact them personally. At a State, county or tract level. They can see how many people will be hurt. This map uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS) with data on the number of people living in poverty, and the breakdown by age group. So you can see how many hungry kids live in poverty and will be devastated by Kim Reynold's cruel MAGA Republican policies of weaponing hunger.
TakeAway: Use data rich stories to show the connection between voting, politics and their personal situation. And how they can improve their lives by voting for Democrats!
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