Happy Valentine's Day!! Happy Galentine's Day (Feb 13)! And Happy Friday. There are so many reasons to celebrate those we love, cherish and respect ... like YOU! Thank you for all yoåu do today - and every day - to demand communities and an economy that work for us all.
On that note, please scroll down for this week's list of top actions, including urgent campaigns around the Muslim Ban and the ERA. Then take a moment to share this list with those you love, too.
Without further ado, here's the list! ->
BACKGROUND: The Trump administration has expanded its travel restrictions to include: Sudan, Tanzania, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria-- Africa’s largest economy, affecting nearly a quarter of people living on the continent. The “Muslim Ban” is not only separating families, it is keeping people from seeking asylum and refuge; students from receiving and completing their education; and families from celebrating. The National Origin-Based Anti discrimination for Non-immigrants Act (“NO BAN Act”) will end the Muslim Ban and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, ensuring that no president can ever again ban an entire religion or community. If we don’t stop the Trump administration now, they will continue to add more countries to the travel restriction list. We must do all we can to stop the Trump administration’s discriminatory practices against Muslim and immigrant people and we must act NOW. Click here to add your name!
2. Take Action on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)!
Text ERA to 747464 TODAY
BACKGROUND: Yesterday, in a historic vote the House of Representatives passed HJ Res. 79, which removes the (likely unconstitutional) time limits to the Equal Rights Amendment. WOOHOO! Thank you to the bipartisan group of women and men who stood up for women's equality today.
Now on to the Senate! We need them to pass their version of the bill Senate Resolution 6. Text ERA to 747464 TODAY to contact your Senator and urge them to vote YES to lift the time limits on the ERA!
BACKGROUND: Despite the Pregnancy Discrimination Act's requirement that pregnant workers receive equal treatment, the fact is that some employers are still firing pregnant workers for requesting simple, medically-necessary accommodations, like avoiding heavy lifting or being able to take extra water breaks. Discrimination is the last thing you should have to worry about when you’re pregnant, but even in 2020 pregnant workers are still being denied reasonable, medically-necessary accommodations at work (like extra water breaks or being able to sit down) because of loopholes in the 35 year old Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would make it unmistakable: Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers who need them. Tell your U.S. Representative to support the *BIPARTISAN* Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!
BACKGROUND: MomsRising is working to END youth incarceration by challenging the practices and policies that criminalize kids and push them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Your stories can help create change that gives kids a chance! Tell us how you, your children and or family have been affected by youth incarceration, arrest, bail, probation, navigating the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems, and if you or your family has benefited from community based alternatives to incarceration. Share your thoughts and experiences with us and we’ll include them in materials we use to educate our nation and decision makers about youth incarceration and what parents, caregivers, and community members are doing to address this problem in our nation!
BACKGROUND: Last week marked the 27th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides an opportunity to remind lawmakers and the public that now is the time for a national paid family and medical leave law – a policy that unites the vast majority of America’s voters and working people. Right now only 19% of workers--and only 5% of low-wage workers--have access to paid leave. Working families need a national paid family and medical leave policy that checks ALL the boxes: It needs to be ACCESSIBLE to all workers, offer a MEANINGFUL length of leave, be AFFORDABLE for workers, employers and the government, INCLUSIVE in defining family, and offer job PROTECTION. It is time to make paid leave a reality for everyone. 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. Tell Congress that we want a comprehensive paid leave bill that benefits ALL workers!
Thanks for all you do!