For Mother’s Day, Moms Are Speaking Out Through Saturday’s MOMibuster
For Mother’s Day this weekend, MomsRising, the #CareCantWait Coalition, and dozens of allies are organizing the first-ever MOMibuster. Moms, parents, caregivers, care workers and leaders are turning the tables on Congress by filibustering them to send the message that, in order to succeed, families need a care infrastructure: affordable child care, free pre-K, paid family and medical leave, quality maternal health care for everyone, home- and community-based services, affordable prescription meds, monthly Child Tax Credit checks that are fully refundable, and a tax system that works for families.
The MOMibuster will air from noon to 8 pm ET/9 am to 5pm PT Saturday here and on the social media channels of dozens of partners. Because the response from moms was overwhelming, a longer version will be posted on MomsRising’s YouTube channel after the event.
Part Mother’s Day celebration, part plea for help, and part call to action, the MOMibuster features videos in which moms share their stories and the policies they need. It includes moms talking about how they were pushed out of the workforce during the pandemic because they couldn’t find affordable child care, parents discussing missing time with their babies because they are without paid family and medical leave, caregivers struggling to make ends meet despite impossibly low wages, families facing food insecurity since the monthly Child Tax Credit payments ended, and more.
The Mother’s Day MOMibuster will also be projected on LED trucks in front of the U.S. Capitol on Mother’s Day weekend and for two days afterward. The coalition has placed a full-page ad in the DC edition of the NY Times Friday that carries the headline: Forget Chocolate, The Gift We Want Is Progress! MomsRising is deliver moms' stories and paper flowers to each member of Congress next Tuesday.