Action: Money for Mothers & Other Caregivers – take action!

Action Alert Demand Money for Mothers & Other Caregivers in Every Stimulus Bill!   Mothers and other unwaged primary caregivers are counted on for everyone’s survival, especially but not only during this pandemic, yet we are never included in relief/stimulus legislation. Instead, we’re disrespected, especially those of us on welfare or other benefits struggling the hardest to survive. Our economic contributions are hidden, so we keep working even when ill, and without financial means we can’t escape domestic violence and face having our children taken away, as poverty is treated as neglect. But we too are essential workers making a fundamental social contribution to survival, health and the economy – we have earned our right to stimulus money! ● More healthcare is provided by unwaged caregivers than all healthcare institutions worldwide ● $470 billion is the value of unwaged caregiving for adults (not even including care for children) in the US (AARP) ● 34 billion hours per day is how much women & girls spend on caregiving work worldwide ● $143,000 a year is what US moms would earn if we were paid for all the jobs we do, with overtime, according to Salary.com ● Yet, women & children are 73% of the poor in the US ● There is plenty of money: The US has 607 billionaires; the top eight richest billionaires own as much combined wealth as “half the human race”. The US military budget keeps rising and pays for bases all over the world… It’s about time caregivers are prioritized not only in the US but worldwide. This helps ensure health everywhere. Full list of demands here Take Action: Tweet, Share, and Sign the Petition Share graphic below with accompanying text on the right, adapting to your situation. To find Twitter handles, email addresses and phone numbers for your own Representatives and Senators, go to tweetcongress.org/tweeters. More graphics & memes attached!  
FOR TWITTER: Money 4 Mothers & Other Caregivers must be in every Stimulus Bill!  https://bit.ly/Money4Caregivers #Money4Caregivers #CareIncomeNow #ChildBenefitNow @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer @McConnellPress @senatemajldr @RepGwenMoore  @RepKarenBass @repmarkpocan @RepJayapal @AOC @RepLawrence   FOR FACEBOOK: Money for Mothers & Other Caregivers must be in every Stimulus Bill!  https://bit.ly/Money4Caregivers #Money4Caregivers #CareIncomeNow #ChildBenefitNow @NancyPelosi @chuckschumer @mitchmcconnell @GwenSMoore @RepKarenBass @repmarkpocan @Pramila.Jayapal  @OcasioCortez @Rep.BLawrence

Press release: Mothers, Caregivers Demand Funds in CARES 2 Stimulus Bill


PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…

Mothers & Other Caregivers Demand Funds
in CARES 2 Stimulus Bill

Where is the relief package for us?

RE: CARES2 Stimulus Legislation

From: Every Mother is a Working Mother; Global Women’s Strike; Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike
Contact:
Margaret Prescod 323-646-1269, Phoebe Jones 610-505-4944

Date: May 4, 2020

Mothers and other unwaged primary caregivers announced measures they say must be included in the current and future relief/stimulus legislation being debated in Congress. Caregivers, on whom so many depend, especially right now, desperately need elected officials to include money for unwaged caregivers, paid directly to the primary caregiver, in the CARES 2 Stimulus Package. We are frontline essential workers, but where is the relief package for us?

We join with caregivers in 35 countries who are demanding a Care Income for those now unwaged who are caring for children, elders, people with disabilities and for the environment. Our caregiving workload has increased substantially with Covid-19.  Covid-19 exposed that caregivers are counted on for everyone’s survival, but rather than make resources available to us we are expected to work harder and without an income. 

Those of us who are at risk of or are victims of domestic violence must have the resources to get to safety.  Taking our children away by the child welfare system because we are poor or victims of domestic violence must end.  Poverty was a crisis for us before Covid and has deepened since. 70% of the poor in the US are women and our children. The safety net must be restored and work requirements to get relief abolished.  We agree with the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis of The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival who said: “Take away our poverty, not our children.”

The most impoverished caregivers and our families are hardest hit.  Just look at the disproportionate infection and death rates among Black, Latino and Indigenous communities.  Cash assistance and other resources must be available to the communities most affected.  

The measures in response to COVID-19 show that the US government can take swift action and find money to deal with “emergencies” – it is a question of political will.  And there is plenty of money: the US has 607 billionaires; the top eight richest billionaires own as much combined wealth as “half the human race”. The US military budget keeps rising and pays for bases all over the world. It’s about time caregivers are prioritized, this helps ensure health everywhere.

CARES 1 provided direct payments to some, but left out many while it profited large corporations and banks. Much more is needed and unwaged caregivers must be included. 

For more on what caregivers and families are asking Representatives in Congress to fight for, see our full list of demands

·       More healthcare is provided by unwaged caregivers than all healthcare institutions worldwide.

·       $470 billion is the value of unwaged caregiving for adults (not even including care for children) in the US (AARP).

·       34 billion hours per day is how much time women & girls spend on caregiving work worldwide.

·       $143,000 a year is what US moms would earn if we were paid for all the unwaged jobs we do, with overtime, according to Salary.com.  ·       Yet women & children are 73% of the poor in the US.

Donate: URGENT Help grassroots women get to DC for Poor People’s Campaign final week of actions!

URGENT FUNDRAISING APPEAL!
Support the networks of the Global Women’s Strike (GWS), Women of Color in the GWS and Payday men’s network delegation to DC to take part in the final week of the 40 Days of Action launching The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival!

The week of June 18-23, multi-racial grassroots campaigners with the networks of the Global Women’s Strike in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California will travel to Washington DC, joining thousands of others across the US for Week 6 of actions called by The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, including a final Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth Call to Action Mass Rally on Saturday, June 23 at 10am on the National Mall, 7th Street Stage. 

With weekly actions organized in 35-40 states across the country since May 14, bringing together diverse parts of the movement, and over 2,000 arrested in nonviolent moral fusion direct action, The Poor People’s Campaign carries forward the work of Dr. Martin Luther King and many others in organizing the original Poor People’s Campaign fifty years ago. Please support our effort to take part in and help build this historic national movement bringing people together to end poverty, racism, the war economy and ecological devastation. These movements don’t come often in a lifetime, we don’t get many chances like this.

We urgently need your help to raise $3000 to cover our costs for travel, housing, food and water, child and elder care, first aid and rally materials. Below are photos highlighting some of our active involvement in the Poor People’s Campaign so far. Thank you for your support and solidarity!

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To find out more about The Poor People’s Campaign, see  www.poorpeoplescampaign.org

Contact the Global Women’s Strike and Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike:
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