Petition to the US Congress: End poverty of mothers & children. Recognize caregiving work. Support the WORK and the RISE Acts.
WHEREAS 21.6% of US children live in poverty, more than in any other major industrialized country; and
WHEREAS mothers are the primary caregivers everywhere in the world, working to ensure the survival and wellbeing of children, families and communities; and
WHEREAS instead of recognition and support, mothers (and others with primary care responsibilities) are deprived of income and resources for this work; and
WHEREAS since Welfare Reform (TANF) was introduced in 1996, mothers must do unpaid work to ‘earn’ their benefits (Workfare); and
Support Resources for Mothers and other Caregivers
Every Mother is a Working Mother
Why shouldn’t all mothers have the same right as millionaire Anne Romney to raise our own children? Low income mothers are also doing “the hardest job there is”, minus access to the money and servants. Yet we are vilified & lied about as lazy dependent moochers. Without farm work, justice and other volunteer work, entire communities and religious institutions could not function. Does all that work count for nothing?
Now, for the first time in decades there are two pieces of legislation that recognize the work of mothers.
Selma James speaking at Occupy Oakland – part of the international Occupy movement which was also in front of St Pauls Cathedral in London.
The event was part of Selma’s US spring speaking tour to launch her anthology Sex Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning, and addresses some of the issues we commonly face as organisers.
Watch the video here.
Andaiye & Selma James are coming back in November!
Organizing Now: NOVEMBER 2012 NORTH AMERICA SPEAKING TOUR
Andaiye & Selma James
Contact us for speaking engagements.
The Spring 2012 tour to launch Selma James’s new anthology was a huge success: 30 talks, 30 days, 10 cities, wide-ranging discussions and extended media interviews including on Democracy Now.
Co-ordinator of Global Women's Strike
Quoted in NY Times Op-Ed: Pay People to Cook at Home!
Speaking at The Life and Legacy of C.L.R. James Conference
In the Guardian: From welfare to wages, women fight back against the uncaring market
More Guardian articles
Listen to speak in Ireland: "How can women defeat austerity?"
Other countries we work with (so far...)
Sojourner Truth Radio
Margaret Prescod on Sojourner Truth Pacifica Radio, KPFK, Tuesdays.
News on US domestic & foreign policy. Cutting-edge interviews with women, people of color & others around the world.
KPFK's Margaret Prescod named Best Radio Personality - 2012 by OC Weekly!
Sojourner Truth website
UK Fri 17th May 13
Letter to The Guardian reporting on launch of petition 'Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.'UK Thu 16th May 13
Messages of support to launch of petition Invest in a caring society. A living wage for mothers and other carers.UK Thu 16th May 13
Mon 13th May 13
USA Sat 11th May 13