It’s April Fools Day, but we’re serious that there are lots of important actions you can quickly take to stand up for women and families! Next week is going to be a very busy week in Washington with discussions ramping up again about what may be included in the next economic package. You can help make sure Congress and the White House stay focused on the right priorities by signing on to the actions below.
This week’s 5Actions include actions focused on community- and home-based services, critical child care infrastructure, student loan debt, and fair pay.
Thank you for all you do.
-- Sue Anne, Donna, Felicia, Nate, Nadia, Sara, and the rest of the MomsRising / MamásConPoder Team
Quick signature: Tell Congress to invest in Home- and Community-Based Services!
As parents, we all want our children to grow up as healthy as possible and find their place in the world. We want our babies to thrive as they become children, teenagers, and eventually adults, and to be wholly included in our communities. But for many families who have kids and adults with disabilities, or aging family members, this shared hope can be a monumental struggle without the right kind of support and services. This is why we need Congress to take action to improve our long-term care system to enable kids and people with disabilities, as well as older adults, to stay at home and thrive in their communities.
Solve Child Care: Write a letter to the editor now!
Right now, Congress is working on an economic package, which must include critical child care and Pre-K investments needed to solve our nation’s ongoing child care crisis. That means that RIGHT NOW (again…!) is a critical time to amp up the pressure and make sure child care isn’t left out of this new plan. This is why we are reaching out to you to take the important and impactful step of sending a letter to the editor to your local newspaper! It’s easy and quick with our letter to the editor tool. Letters to the editor are an incredibly powerful way to make sure our elected leaders get the message. Lawmakers are reading their local papers to get a sense of what matters to people in their community.
On Twitter? Share our Storybook!
This week, we delivered three hard copies of different storybooks to every member of Congress to celebrate the family stories and advocacy of our incredible members, and highlight the needs for investment in our Care Economy. If you are on Twitter, tweet this message:
These stories were delivered to Congress this week. Read our stories and please invest in a care economy NOW! https://www.momsrising.org/blog/special-delivery-momsrising-storybooks-d...
Tell President Biden: Families Need Student Debt Relief!
Advancing our education in hopes of a stable future shouldn’t result in decades of financial hardship. While running for President, Joe Biden promised to cancel student loan debt, and it’s time to get the job done.
Women hold nearly 2/3 of all student loan debt and women of color are disproportionately burdened with this debt. Families across the country are struggling to make ends meet amidst rising costs, which are largely driven by corporate greed.
With the stroke of a pen, President Biden can deliver instant relief in the form of student loan forgiveness!
Have you experienced wage discrimination?
Has your paycheck been impacted by unequal pay or wage discrimination? Have you been paid less than your male coworkers for discriminatory reasons?
Due to sexism, racism, and bias against caregivers, moms are typically paid just 58 cents for every dollar paid to fathers. We're working to ensure equal pay is a reality in everyone's wages and would love to hear about your experiences with this issue.
P.S.– Listen in! On the radio show, Breaking Through, this week, we cover the spectacular nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court (and how you can help get her confirmed); what's happening with disinformation online and how you can help stop it; and we also cover the growing movement of moms and caregivers — including Mothering Honestly, the Chamber of Moms, and the Fifth Trimester — rising up to demand a care infrastructure.