Monthly Archives: July 2021

Mothers and others welcome re-introduction of Worker Relief & Credit Reform Act (WRCR)

Every Mother is a Working Mother Network is part of Care Income Now!/US.

Date: Friday July 23, 2021
From: Care Income Now!/US (CIN!)*, coordinated by Global Women Strike and Women of Color/GWS careincomenow@globalwomenstrike.net

Unpaid family caregivers are workers! Mothers and others welcome the re-introduction of the Worker Relief & Credit Reform Act making unpaid caregivers and students eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Today, as US Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) holds a press conference in Milwaukee WI to highlight the reintroduction of her Worker Relief and Credit Reform Act (WRCR), Care Income Now! reaffirms our wholehearted endorsement of the WRCR and renews our commitment to continue to work to see that this historic Act becomes law.  The time is now for unpaid caregivers, overwhelmingly women, who the world over do the majority of the work of life and survival – from breastfeeding to elder care – to be recognized and financially supported.  We call on all organizations who advocate for mothers and other caregivers, for the human right of all to receive the care we need, irrespective of age and income, and for the elimination of poverty to join us in supporting the WRCR.

As Rep. Moore says in her press release below:

WRCR expands and modernizes the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), reaching more workers and expanding the definition of work to make unpaid caregivers and low-income students eligible for the EITC. As families work to recover from the COVID health crisis and related economic downturn, the WRCR Act could provide meaningful support that lifts millions of Americans out of poverty, reaches low-income students, and recognizes the hard, unpaid work that caregivers provide each day. The pandemic has further demonstrated the need for this legislation. 

Remarking on the implications of the WRCR, Margaret Prescod of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike and a co-founder of International Black Women for Wages for Housework, says:

We have been campaigning for financial recognition of unpaid caregiving since 1972 when the Wages for Housework Campaign was founded.  Now we have legislation that finally acknowledges the entitlement of mothers and other primary caregivers.  The pandemic has exposed to the world the essential contribution of caregivers to survival, whether we are single mothers on welfare or the relatives of seniors.  This is long overdue, especially for communities of color who have been particularly impoverished by decades of cuts, low wages, denial of education and criminalization. 

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Mothers, Grandmothers Say: DCFS Stop Stealing Our Children! Launch of bilingual Know Your Rights booklet

WHAT: Webinar: Stop Stealing Our Children: Take Away Our Poverty, Not Our Children!
WHEN: Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 4PM Pacific Time, to register: https://tinyurl.com/3k92nsbv
WHO: Alexandria House, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, DCFS Give Us Back Our Children, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, Global Women’s Strike/Women of Color GWS

Mothers, Grandmothers Say: DCFS Stop Stealing Our Children!
Launch of bilingual Know Your Rights booklet.

Mothers, grandmothers and other community campaigners will come together and speak out on July 20th 4pm as part of the online webinar Stop Stealing Our Children: Take Away Our Poverty, Not Our Children.  LA County has the largest child welfare system in the US, and removes children at the highest rate, disproportionately Black, Indigenous and Brown children. Speakers include Joyce McMillan of JMAC For Families and Melody Webb of Mothers Outreach Network, nationally-known for their critiques of the child welfare system and their work to keep families together. The webinar will also launch the online publication of Know Your Rights, What to do if your child is detained by the LA Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in English and Spanish – a handbook begun by families who have been through LA’s child welfare system to assist others caught up in it to get their children back.

For more information and to register for the webinar: https://tinyurl.com/3k92nsbv

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Child Tax Credit Press Conference and Community Outreach in Philly Tuesday July 13

We are participating in Keep Families Afloat, a national week of actions to raise awareness about the Child Tax Credits leading up to July 15 when the IRS is set to start sending out checks. For more info, email sachin@economicsecurity.us.

As part of these actions, in Philadelphia Senator Art Haywood and Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike are sponsoring a Press Conference and Rally for Child Checks on Tuesday, July 13 from 1-3pm, Maplewood Mall at Greene St. in Germantown.  Come on out to learn how to get the money and to join the campaign to make the credits permanent and to go to the mother or whoever is primary caregiver!

Also: Food & clothing Giveaway, legal help with utilities & shut-offs, info on benefits access & more 

With: Community Legal Services, Crossroads Women’s Wellness, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, Family Practice & Counseling Network, Purple House Project PA, For Our Future, Perfectly Flawless, 99% PA, Tax March

Info: 215-848-1120   careincomenow@globalwomenstrike.net   Facebook event page

The money is there: letter to the editor (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Letter to the editor published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 30, 2021 

Only cut is scarcity

General Assistance (GA) — cruelly eliminated in 2019 — was a lifeline for me while waiting for disability benefits, as it was for women escaping domestic violence, homeless youth, people in drug programs, and leaving prison. I was in Harrisburg on June 7 with the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign, demanding reinstatement of GA as part of a moral budget and a “Third Reconstruction” to fully address poverty from the bottom up. With a $10 billion+ surplus — why are millions of Pennsylvanians still in poverty, the majority women and children? With Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefit levels unchanged since 1990, children are being taken and placed in foster care across the state due to poverty, racism, and other forms of discrimination. Meanwhile we see no limit on money handed to harmful industries, prisons, horse racing. GA must be reinstated and expanded, and TANF benefits increased with work requirements and time limits ended. The money is there.

Pat Albright, Philadelphia


Original op-ed: Only cut is scarcity

EDITORIAL

June 20, 2021

Only cut is scarcity

With billions in surplus, Harrisburg should make plans to spend big.