The headlines this week have been hard. There’s so much need for our voices, and for your voice. So we want to start into the weekend by sharing our gratitude with you for all you’re doing to make our nation a better place for everyone. This week's list of top actions includes urgent calls around an impeachment inquiry, voting, immigration, child care, and more. Please take a moment to make sure you've checked them all off, and share with friends and family too. Thank you and here's the list =>
BACKGROUND: America’s elections belong to America’s voters and no foreign government should play any role in determining the outcomes, let alone be coerced by the President to do so! We must hold the President, and all leaders, accountable to the people. This is a historically important moment to stand up not just for us, not just for today, but because the patterns we are setting now build the country our children will live in for years to come--and we want our children to live in a fair democracy. Add your name now.
2. Help Moms and Caregivers Vote in 2020!
BACKGROUND: Did you see the spectacular work MomsRising members did last week in Virginia on Voting Day? (Check out our photo album here.) Voter turnout across the state increased by more than 30% compared to 2015. That's incredible for an off-year election, and our VA #MomsVote team can take credit for much of it! Now we are looking ahead to 2020, and intend to repeat those spectacular results across the country. Are you in? Sign up to be on our list to host a 2020 #MomsVote Super Voter Treasure Box at a polling location near you!
BACKGROUND: When moms rise, BIG things happen. Like igniting democracy! In fact, for the recent elections last week, MomsRising members like you generated a MASSIVE amount of get-out-the-vote energy — by sending thousands upon thousands of hand-written voter postcards to infrequent mom voters, by making personal videos to inspire other moms, by sharing info and encouragement via text message, by hosting parties at the voting polls, and so much, much more. What made all this possible? Your enthusiastic support. To keep up the MOMentum for democracy, we’ve opened the Giving Tuesday Match EARLY! Become a dedicated MomsRising Champion monthly donor and ignite democracy ALL OVER AMERICA, all year long!
BACKGROUND: Our nation’s budgets are supposed to reflect our values and priorities, and we don’t want another dime of our tax dollars going towards a detention center that jails immigrant children or the construction of a harmful wall! Horrifyingly, just last week, the ACLU discovered 1,556 more immigrant families were separated than previously estimated. The U.S. Congress must rein in ICE and Customs and Border Patrol and put an end to President Trump's hateful immigration policies now and they have the power of the purse to do so. We will be on Capitol Hill next week delivering materials and talking to key Senate leaders in order to empower them to reclaim the power of the purse and stop the funding of Trump's atrocious immigration policies. ***MAKE SURE TO SIGN OUR LETTER NOW calling on the U.S. Congress to prioritize what our families really need—nutrition, healthcare, education, and disaster assistance programs—in budget negotiations and reject funding for family separation and Trump’s hateful immigration policies.
BACKGROUND: The struggle is real when it comes to finding high-quality, affordable care for our children. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the major federal child care program, helps families with the cost of child care and supports states to improve the quality and supply of care. Families deserve enriching child care options that won’t break the bank and will work for them, and child care assistance is essential for helping families find and afford the high-quality care they need! SIGN NOW to urge Congress to increase funding for Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in the FY 2020 budget!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
This week we were on the ground outside the Regions Bank headquarters in Birmingham, and a Citizens Bank in Rhode Island, demanding they stop financing private prisons! Our Pennsylvania team also hosted a compelling conversation about paid family and medical leave with community leaders in Harrisburg, PA.
Thanks for all you do!