It’s officially summer, and we are working hard, despite the chaos of kids out of school (again!), to make sure that Congress stays focused on the priorities important to families like yours.
We have 5 quick actions for you to take this week to help support child care, unemployment insurance, gun safety, and access to healthcare.
As always, thank you for all you do.
-- Sue Anne, Kristin, Diarra, Elyssa, Felicia, Nadia, and the rest of the MomsRising / MamásConPoder Team
Support the Women’s Health Protection Act!
The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) will protect the right to access abortion care throughout the U.S. by safeguarding access against harsh bans and medically unnecessary restrictions, hundreds of which have been passed in recent years by anti-abortion state lawmakers. Anyone who needs an abortion in the United States, deserves quality, affordable medical care, and a relationship with their health care provider that is free from government intrusion. The WHPA protects these rights: Equal access to abortion, everywhere for everyone.
Urge your lawmaker to support the WHPA today!
We want to hear from you about your caregiving struggles!
We know that many moms and caregivers around the country are still struggling with the fall out of the pandemic. Parents are struggling to make ends meet and are unable to return to work full-time because they don't have dependable child care or access to paid family and medical leave. Right now it's super important that MomsRising and our elected leaders in Congress hear from YOU about what you are going through! We need your stories to put pressure on our elected leaders to quickly pass child care, paid leave, and other policies that support moms and families.
Let us know if you or a family member:
- Are unable to find affordable, quality child care in your area? Have you been forced out of the workforce because of lack of child care?
- Are you struggling to find affordable, reliable child care during the summer months?
- Have you needed paid family medical leave because of a sick family member or new child and have been unable to access any? Have you been able to access paid leave and/or paid sick days through the new emergency pandemic paid leave law?
Tell the U.S. Senate to confirm David Chipman as ATF director
The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is the chief enforcement officer of our federal gun safety laws, but the United States hasn’t had a confirmed ATF director since 2015 -- six years! Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, mass shootings have doubled, white supremacist militias have been emboldened, and gun violence has also surged. Experts are worried that things will only get worse. We just can’t afford the leadership vacuum at ATF any longer.
David Chipman is the leader we need at ATF. He’s served in non-profit organizations and for 25 years at the agency, with wide-ranging experience ranging from monitoring firearms trafficking to investigating terrorist attacks. After retiring from ATF, he became a senior policy adviser at Giffords, the gun violence prevention group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Not only does Chipman know how ATF should work, he is a true champion of gun safety.
The U.S. Senate must confirm David Chipman as ATF director.
Tell Congress: Families need child care!
Though our country is seemingly on the road to pandemic recovery, parents are still searching for child care this summer so they can work and are still worried about health and safety since younger kids are not vaccinated. Our legislators must prioritize building a care infrastructure ASAP, something our nation needed long before the pandemic and still very much needs today.
Momentum is building: Congress is FINALLY poised to take much-needed action on child care, but we need to send in as many messages as possible to make sure that these policies don’t get overlooked in the final national recovery and infrastructure legislation.
Join us in telling Congress: It’s past time to build a real child care infrastructure!
Quick signature: Tell Congress to close the health coverage gap!
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important it is for people to have health care coverage, especially in communities where large health disparities have long been present. However, the fight against expanding health coverage is still alive and well in over a dozen states as their legislatures refuse to adopt (or in some cases implement) the expansion of health care to low-income uninsured adults. These twelve non-expansion states are primarily in the South, where the majority of uninsured people are Black, Hispanic, or Asian. We need a federal solution to help get health coverage to the more than two million people in the Medicaid coverage gap who live in these non-expansion states.