First-Ever MOMibuster Set for May 7
For Mother’s Day this year, MomsRising, the #CareCantWait Coalition, and dozens of allies are organizing something powerful and unprecedented: the first-ever MOMibuster. Moms, parents, caregivers, care workers and leaders from all over the country are turning the tables on Congress by filibustering them to send the message that, in order to succeed, families need a care infrastructure that includes 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.
Part Mother’s Day celebration, part plea for help, and part call to action, the 8-hour MOMibuster will feature 2- to 3-minute videos from moms, parents, caregivers, and leaders all over the country sharing their situations and the policies they need. It will include moms talking about how they were pushed out of the workforce during the pandemic, parents talking about missing time with their babies because they are without paid family and medical leave, grandparents sharing that they go without the care they need, and caregivers struggling to make ends meet despite impossibly low wages.
The MOMibuster will be carried on the social media channels of MomsRising and more than 80 other organizations on Saturday, May 7, leading into Mother’s Day. This is part of a broad effort to help build momentum for Congress to take action on the issues that matter most to moms and families. The Mother’s Day MOMibuster will not only be promoted to viewers online, but will be projected on LED trucks in front of the U.S. Capitol on Mother’s Day weekend and for two days afterward. The coalition will place an ad in the DC edition of the NY Times the Friday before Mother’s Day; and deliver stories and paper flowers to all of Congress the Tuesday after Mother’s Day.
For details and to be connected to MOMibuster participants from different regions, of different ages, in different situations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and magen@momsrising.