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Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters. You shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it. But non-existent paid family and medical leave policies are forcing working parents to make impossible choices.

But together, we can change this! Click here to join us for a meeting with Senator Michael Bennet’s staff to urge him to co-sponsor the FAMILY Act to provide critical paid family and medical leave for workers in every state.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 10th at 10:30am

Location: Senator Bennet’s Denver Office – 1127 Sherman St., Suite 150, Denver, CO 80203

*** Your kids and other family members are more than welcome to attend!

From October 9th - 13th, Senator Bennet will be back in Colorado for a congressional recess. During this break from DC, it is his job to engage with YOU! So we’ve set up a high-impact face-to-face meeting to make sure Senator Bennet and his staff know we expect them to continue to step up, co-sponsor, and champion policies that help working families and increase access to paid family and medical leave.

Can you make it? We’d love to have you join MomsRising to share your experience with our U.S. Senator!

Never met with your lawmaker before? No worries! No experience, other than being willing to share your personal experience, is necessary! We've done all the legwork to set up the meeting and we’ll send you everything you need to know.

And, I’ll be there to lead the meeting and am able to answer any questions you have.

By the way -- I’m Erin, and I’m the new MomsRising Campaign Director. I’m looking forward to meeting other MomsRising members in the Denver area!  

You don't need to be an expert on the legislation to attend! Do you have a story to share about needing paid family or medical leave? Lawmakers need to hear from their constituents about how policies impact real families!

Join us! RSVP here.

There are a lot of disheartening and outrageous things happening in DC these days, but taking action in your own backyard by meeting with your Senator’s in-district office is a perfect & powerful antidote! Especially when we’re lifting up a win-win-win solution that will really help families, businesses, and the economy!

Here’s the scoop: There are two pieces of federal legislation that would go a long way in helping working families and boosting businesses’ bottom lines as well as our national economy. They are the Healthy Families Act and the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (FAMILY Act).

Senator Bennet is already a co-sponsor of The Healthy Families Act, which allows workers to earn paid sick days. This is incredibly important because right now, 37 million workers, including HALF of all working moms, can’t earn a single paid sick day to stay home when they come down with the flu — or need to care for a sick child. [1, 2]

Now we need your help to urge Senator Bennet to continue standing up for working moms by co-sponsoring the FAMILY Act. Access to paid family and medical leave is dire. Only 15% of American workers – and only 6% of low-wage workers – have access to paid leave, and just 39% of employees have access to personal medical leave through their employer. [3] This is why 1 in 4 mothers return to work within 10 days of giving birth. [4]

The FAMILY Act offers 12 weeks of paid leave, funded through an insurance-style program, and covers the full range of personal, medical, and family caregiver needs established in the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Our lawmakers are also becoming increasingly aware of the need for legislation that increases access to paid family and medical leave, so it’s important that we share the thoughts and experiences of real families as legislation on this issue continues to be discussed and negotiated.

Let us know if you can join MomsRising and other families in your area on Tuesday, October 10th for a fun and high-impact meeting at Senator Bennet’s office about paid family leave!

I hope to see you there!

Together, we’re a powerful force for women and families in CO.

– Erin, Sara, Ruth, and the whole MomsRising / MamásConPoder team


[1] National Partnership for Women & Families. "Paid Sick Days: Busting Common Myths With Facts and Evidence"

[2] National Partnership for Women & Families. "Working Women Need Paid Sick Days"

[3] U.S. Dept of Labor. "National Compensation Survey: Employee Benefits in the United States, March 2017"

[4] In These Times. "The Real War on Families: Why the U.S. Needs Paid Leave Now"

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