Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Election Time: Ask the Questions

"If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost."- Aristotle

We're in the throes of election 2008; however, for those of us in North Carolina, it feels a bit like we're watching from a far - thanks to our later primary. BUT - that doesn't mean that we can't get informed. I'm particularly interested in what Presidential candidates on both sides have to say about ending homelessness. After a quick Google search, here's what I found:

The Homeless Alliance of Western New York addressed the topic in this September 2007 blog post on the Democratic candidates for President.

The Informed Voters raised the issue a year ago and followed it up with an open letter to all presidential candidates.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has all of the facts and figures you could ask for, along with tips for contacting elected officials - and potential elected officials.

ABC News highlights all of the current candidates with links to their biographies, policy positions, and more. It's a one stop shop for all of the issues that matter to you.

For those of you in Michigan and Nevada and South Carolina and California and New York, ask the candidates how they plan to end homelessness in America. Ask them about the issues that have an impact on homelessness: affordable housing, living wages, health care for all (including mental health services), domestic violence prevention, and access to higher education.

Ask the questions on behalf of those of us who won't see any election fervor until much later this year. Ask. Vote. Remember that this is what democracy looks like!