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Author Selma James: "Sex, Race and Class"
Tuesday November 13, 2012
Mothers, Caregivers, Occupiers demand answers from candidates in protest outside California Republican Party HQ
A multiracial group of mothers, children, other caregivers, occupiers, women and men, older people and youth, held a Speakout and Protest outside the Republican Party Headquarters in Burbank, California on Monday, October 15th, the eve of the second presidential debate. The action was part of coordinated activities in 12 US cities held October 15th to launch a campaign for recognition of and resources for caregiving work and an end to the immoral and shocking poverty of mothers and children.
We had a small but spirited gathering outside the Alameda County Welfare office in downtown Oakland. In addition asking people passing by to sign our petitions, we decided to tape our placards on the building wall and create a display for all to read and see. But security was soon called in, they didn’t object to our presence, said we had a right to be on the sidewalk but that we had to remove the placards from the walls.
Press release: Local Actions in 12 US cities to launch campaign for recognition of caregiving work and to end the poverty of mothers and children
For immediate release………
In 1911 welfare (“the mothers’ pension”) was introduced to enable mothers without income to keep their children.
In 1959 welfare was to "make it possible for a mother to choose between staying at home to care for her children and taking a job."
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Quoted in NY Times Op-Ed: Pay People to Cook at Home!
In the Guardian: From welfare to wages, women fight back against the uncaring market
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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
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