Families Don Superhero Capes to Support Paid Leave in DC, Deliver Hundreds of Petitions to DC Council
November 16, 2015
Families from around the DC-metro area are “suiting up” in superhero gear to support the DC Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, which would provide 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave for almost anyone who lives or works in the District of Columbia. If the Act passes, Washington, DC will have the most robust paid leave plan in the nation, which would allow workers to take the time they need to care for a newly adopted child, a newborn, a personal illness, or an ailing family member.
MomsRising members and their children will deliver hundreds of petition signatures, along with personal stories that illustrate how the legislation would help families, to the DC Council. They will ask council members to use their “legislative superpowers” to make paid leave a reality for DC-area families and will deliver superhero playing cards because without paid leave, the deck is stacked against working families.
Petition Delivery in Support of DC Universal Paid Leave Act
11:00am–12:45pm, Thursday, November 19th
Washington, DC Council
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Right now, only 13% of working people in the United States have access to paid family leave via their employers, and one in four working mothers nationwide must return to work just two weeks after giving birth due to lack of access to paid family and medical leave. Other new moms are forced to cobble together vacation and earned sick days to recover from childbirth or to welcome a new child into their lives. Paid leave programs implemented in California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey have demonstrated that working families, businesses, and local economies all benefit when paid leave laws are passed. Passing paid family and medical leave for DC's workers and residents would have the same positive impact on local families and businesses.
Media are welcome to attend the deliveries and interview MomsRising staff and members. Photo and video opportunities with the families will be available, as well as interviews with MomsRising members who would benefit from the bill. For more information, contact Kim Hayes or Gretchen Wright at 202- 371-1999.