With FY 2022 Budgeting Well Underway, Moms Are Counting on Congress to Invest in the Robust Care Infrastructure Our Country Needs
Coming off a summer of unprecedented grassroots activity, MomsRising and its Spanish-language community, MamásConPoder, are amping up mom-powered outreach and engagement throughout the country over the next several weeks to tell Congress that #CareCantWait. The on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people is urging Congress to build back better by investing in the care infrastructure our country, our economy, and our families urgently need.
Already, MomsRising and its members have made more than 675,000 constituent contacts through phone calls, petition signatures, sharing personal stories, holding local events and more to push a care infrastructure, which includes paid family/medical leave, child care, a permanently expanded Child Tax Credit, home- and community-based services, Black maternal health and health equity, a path to citizenship for immigrants, and living wages. This includes:
Delivering to 331 Congressional districts offices a book of stories about how the lack of a care infrastructure is affecting MomsRising members, their families and the economy, with the message: We are one in our demand for a care economy!
Standing up advertising and direct mail campaigns in 24 states as well as nationwide coverage. This includes billboards and advertising at high-attendance locations and events such as West Virginia University football games.
Organizing nearly 6,000 volunteers who wrote more than 140,000 postcards to U.S. Senators urging them to build a care infrastructure and make the expanded Child Tax Credit permanent.
Holding more than 121 events, including with members of Congress, online meetings and public forums via Zoom and Facebook, as well as postcard-writing events across the country, to send the message that the country needs a care infrastructure.
Gathering more than 11,000 personal stories from MomsRising members about the need for a care infrastructure, including paid family/medical leave, child care, a permanently expanded Child Tax Credit, home- and community-based services, Black maternal health and health equity, a path to citizenship for immigrants, and living wages.
Joining Town Hall meetings with members of Congress and writing letters-to-the-editor in more than 370 Congressional districts.
Thousands of moms and family members across the country will be wearing “We Care” buttons to show they are part of the powerful and growing movement to build a Care Economy as they interact with members of Congress.
“Moms are fired up and determined that lawmakers make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a robust, durable care infrastructure that lifts families, boosts our economy, enables parents to work, helps businesses, and creates millions more good jobs,” said Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising. “In addition to the massive grassroots activity, we are investing heavily in education and engagement, including organizing moms and caregivers, running digital ads and direct mail, as well as purchasing billboards and display ads in key states.”
“Moms want a care infrastructure that includes paid leave when a new baby arrives or serious illness strikes, investments in child care, access to home- and community-based services for people with disabilities and the aging, a permanently expanded Child Tax Credit, health care equity and the Momnibus, living wages and a path to citizenship for care and essential workers,” Rowe-Finkbeiner continued. “Building a care infrastructure will be both job enabling and job creating. It will elevate businesses and keep moms and caregivers in the jobs they need to support their families. Only by creating a care infrastructure can we have a just recovery from the pandemic and build back better. We intend to keep the pressure on until these policies are passed.”
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