THANK YOU! Through all the political chaos that’s happened since Trump took the White House we’ve been blown away by the impact at the state and federal levels of the over million members, and millions of readers, of MomsRising who have been raising their voices in high impact ways for the last ten years -- and with increased intensity since Trump took the Oval Office now almost 100 days ago.
Women’s March - MomsRising members took part in Women’s Marches across the country, countering Trump’s narrative of popular support and making women’s issues (including the issues of mothers and their families) a top priority for the resistance. MomsRising members helped craft the Women’s March platform, and the March featured MomsRising’s CEO and executive director, as a leading speaker. MomsRising did interviews after the women’s march explaining the impact it had on moms, their families, and the fights ahead.
Washington State’s best-in-nation minimum wage and sick leave law take effect: In November, Washington state overwhelmingly passed I-1433, an initiative that will raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50 an hour over four years and universalize earned sick days with most employees earning 7 days of sick leave each year. The state minimum wage raised to $11 an hour on January 1st and employees will start earning earned sick time in 2018.FEBRUARY 2017:
- Puzder Withdraws from Nomination for Labor Secretary - After months of campaigning and public pressure from MomsRising members, fast-food CEO Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary. Puzder faced backlash from MomsRising, which argued that Puzder was bad for workers, and for women and that he would work to undermine core labor policies that support family economic security. Trump ultimately appointed a significantly more moderate Labor Secretary, saving families from economic disaster under Puzder.
- DC Passes Paid Leave Bill - MomsRising members worked hard for over 18 months to push forward and pass a legislation in DC expanding paid leave. We held multiple on the ground events, and advocacy days, sent thousands of letters and made tons of calls to pressured Mayor Bowser to support the legislation, to which she ultimately did.
- Massachusetts Paid Family Leave Builds Momentum - With phone calls and emails, MomsRising members, in conjunction with coalition partners, helped to launch the introduction of the paid family leave legislation with record number co-sponsors. The bill is set to be heard in June.
- Town Halls & In-District Meetings! - Making Our Voices Heard Across the Country - MomsRising members were on the front lines at February recess town halls and protests - demanding that Democrats and Republicans resist the Trump Administration and protect health care for more than 30 million Americans. MomsRising members shared storybooks of families impacted by the Affordable Care Act and took place in more than 400 actions nationwide. MomsRising is also part of the current Town Hall meetings across the country and our members are also holding a high level of in-district meetings, as well as doing materials drops to the offices of members of Congress right now.MARCH 2017:
- Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban - MomsRising members were outraged when President Trump signed an executive order limiting the immigrant of people from seven Muslim countries and suspending the Syrian refugee program. MomsRising members turned up in force at protests across the country, signed on to open letters to Congress demanding that immigrant families be treated fairly, and praised the Court’s for doing their job and protecting the Constitution.
- Republicans Abandon Vote to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act -After months of having meetings with nearly every single office of members of Congress, showing up at Town Halls, sharing personal stories about the importance of healthcare, making a massive number of phone calls, and otherwise campaigning loudly to protect the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans decided to withdraw the American Health Care Act ending their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. MomsRising called this decision to preserve the Affordable Care Act, a “major victory for moms, families and our country.” Our members are committed to keeping up the fight to protect the ACA, SCHIP, as well as Medicaid, including to stop the block granting or per capita cap from advancing for Medicaid programs.
- Connecticut Legislative Committees pass Paid Family and Medical Leave Legislation - MomsRising members are working to make paid family and medical leave a reality for Connecticut families. Both the Connecticut House and Senate voted paid family leave out of their respective legislative committees.APRIL 2017:
- Maryland Legislature Passes Paid Sick Days Legislation - After five years of campaigning, including multiple on-the-ground events in Annapolis and across the state, thousands of messages and hundreds of calls, multiple events and stunts outside the State Capitol, the Maryland legislature finally passed the earned paid sick days bill which MomsRising called “a monumental step forward for working families in Maryland.” MomsRising continues to work to ensure that the bill becomes law, urging Governor Hogan to sign the legislation.
- Steve Bannon Removed from the National Security Council - After months of calling on President Trump to remove White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon from his Administration, it was announced that Bannon would be officially removed from the National Security Council. For months, MomsRising had expressed concerns over Bannon’s role in the White House given his support for racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic and transphobic policies in the past. MomsRising praised Bannon’s removal from the National Security Council and called it a good first step to making sure bigotry has no place in our government. MomsRising continues to call on Trump to remove Bannon from his role.
- Maryland Passed Legislation Restricting Suspension and Expulsions of Kids Grade K-2 - MomsRising has been working on the issue of social and emotional development in children for the last few years, and was excited to see that Maryland started to listen to MomsRising advocates on the ground by passing legislation preventing children grades K-2 from being expelled or suspended from school, arguing that those methods of discipline were ineffective instead advocating for more reparative therapy programs.
- Town Halls & In-District Meetings! - MomsRising members show up in force at April Recess - MomsRising members not only attended Town Halls in force, sent questions to members of Congress to answer at Town Halls, they also organized over 2 dozen in-district meetings with their members of Congress during the April recess to talk about the importance of access to paid sick days, paid family leave and affordable childcare.
- New Mexico passed the Lactation Provider Act - Demand for lactation services are growing, yet currently, most New Mexico families can’t afford the out of pocket expense because care is not covered by insurance. The Lactation Provider Act allows providers to become licensed, making them eligible for reimbursement through insurance companies.
- Convened a group of diverse faith and civic leaders to improve social and emotional development in faith-based learning centers -MomsRising spearheaded the convening of more than 20 faith and civic leaders to improve social and emotional development and stop suspensions and expulsions in faith based early learning settings.
- Washington State passes the Healthy Starts Act & Moves Forward Paid Family/Medical Leave - After a year and a half of work, 2,000 MomsRising constituent contacts, countless testimonies, and more, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed the Healthy Starts Act which extends reasonable accommodation to pregnant workers, makes important improvements to postpartum breastfeeding protocols for Medicaid patients, and establishes a new statewide legislative advisory committee on maternal and infant health. (In addition, paid family/medical leave bills were introduced by Democrats and Republicans in both the state House and Senate -- and advanced through multiple committees. A policy is expected to pass this year or next, making Washington the first state to pass this program that didn’t already have a temporary disability program. The state legislature is still in session).