About CitySquare’s Advocacy Work
Led by Rev. Gerald Britt, CitySquare’s External Affairs department conducts important advocacy work to provide our neighbors with a powerful voice to engage and influence policymakers at the local, state and federal level. Our positions are informed by decades of experience fighting poverty in the Dallas community.
Our Advocacy Hub lets you keep up with news and issues important to our neighbors. Want to get involved? Visit our action pages or attend an upcoming event to learn more about what you can do to fight poverty. You can also join the CitySquare Public Policy Facebook page here.
Issues and Priorities
• Defeat efforts to restrict SNAP purchases.
• Defeat legislative efforts calling for drug testing as a requirement to receive SNAP as well as other public supports.
• Amend SNAP work requirement policies to improve the program’s ability to serve vulnerable populations and protect families from loss of benefits.
• Promote community education on the Affordable Care Act.
• Advocate for Medicaid expansion.
• Enrollment and renewal of Medicaid and CHIP for children and pregnant women.
• Defeat of any bills that would reduce immigrant access to health care.
• Advocate legislation to expand mental health care access.
• Strongly advocate for the policy of One Child, One Caseworker, One Home.
• Identify and remove barriers for youth in care to get driver’s licenses and/or other forms of identification.
• Support Foster Care Redesign – Extend case management services including housing, mental health and education for former foster care youth to 26 years of age.
• We will also advocate for a $2 million line item to address the needs of homeless youth in Dallas County.
• Support stricter regulations regarding pay-day and auto-title lending.
• Spread awareness of education disparities.
• Support statewide “Ban the Box” legislation and fair chance hiring
• Fully fund public education.
• Support legislation to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
• Advocate for full HB 5 implementation.
• Support funding for quality Pre-K for all eligible students.