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Posted on 08/25/21

‘We Demand More Coalition’ Launches Recess Actions Calling on Congress to Prioritize Care Economy in Budget Resolution 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Addie Bullock, ABullock@bluestate.co

Kenneth Londono, klondono@bluestate.co

We Demand More: “Build Back Better for All Women, Caregivers & Families Recess Actions” includes an Instagram Live, Text Banking in an effort to demand Congress pass a reconciliation package that prioritizes women, particularly women of color

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  The We Demand More Coalition, a collection of organizations fighting for the women, in particular Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other women of color, on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, launched the We Demand More: Build Back Better for All Women and Caregivers Recess Actions today to push Democratic leadership to pass a transformative reconciliation bill that prioritizes the needs of women, caregivers and their families. The launch happens in advance of expected House votes next week on the budget resolution that will allow work on the reconciliation bill to begin.

“Women and caregivers have demonstrated time and again that they are the living and breathing infrastructure that has kept our country running during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time for Congress to pass a bold and transformative reconciliation bill that puts women, especially women of color, first with paid leave for all, investments in childcare, health care without any abortion coverage or restrictions, a pathway to citizenship, and permanent tax credits for families.”  said Sonja Spoo and Angela Cobián, co-directors of the We Demand More coalition.

The recess action campaign includes:

  •  A petition calling for Congress to pass this transformative infrastructure legislation

  •  A Citizenship is Infrastructure week of action that includes text banking hosted by We Demand More, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the We Are Home Campaign on Wednesday, August 25 at 7pm EDT

  • An Instagram Live on the state of the infrastructure package negotiations hosted by Women’s March

  • Driving participation at local town halls across the country, social media activations and in-state events and media blitzes, including a community organizing event in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The Shepherdstown event, co-hosted by We Demand More, the Shepherd University Gender and Women’s Studies Board, Shepherd University Students for Reproductive Rights, Women’s March Chapter of the Eastern Panhandle, and the Martinsburg NAACP, will take place on Thursday, September 9 at 5pm EDT at Shepherd University. The community event will offer action stations from We Demand More and Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, local legislators and small business owners voicing their support for care-focused legislation, and food from local businesses.

About We Demand More
We Demand More is a coalition of organizations using our collective power to fight for the courageous women workers and caretakers, especially women of color, who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and who are particularly impacted. Their lives, livelihoods, and families depend on lawmakers and business leaders doing more — and we need everyone to demand more. We’ve formed the We Demand More coalition to fight for four demands from Congress and corporate leaders:

  1. Prioritize our health and safety ahead of corporations.

  2. Get life-sustaining relief to us NOW.

  3. Make state governments strong; they are our lifeline.

  4. Stop the attacks on our reproductive health care, including abortion access.

More information on the We Demand More coalition can be found on its website at www.WeDemandMore.org and its letter to Congress can be found here. Below is a full list of the We Demand More coalition’s members:

Abortion Access Force

Advocates for Youth

All Women’s Progress

All* Above All Action Fund

African American Ministers In Action

American Association of University Women Action Fund

Birth In Color RVA

Black Women’s Roundtable

California National Organization for Women

Catholics for Choice

Center for American Progress Fund

Chicago Foundation for Women

Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Daily Kos

DemCast USA

End Rape on Campus

Equal Pay Today

Equal Rights Advocates

Feminist Majority

Feminist Women’s Health Center

Free Speech For People

Global Justice Center

The Greenlining Institute

Hollaback!

Hopewell Fund

Interfaith Voices for Reproductive Justice

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Mass NOW

Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable

MomsRising Together

NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland

National Birth Equity Collaborative

National Black Justice Coalition

National Organization for Women

National Organization for Women – Connecticut chapter

National Women’s Health Network

National Women’s Law Center

New American Leaders Action Fund

New Century Trust

New Voices for Reproductive Justice

Paid Leave for All Action

PathWays PA

Period Equity

Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Public Citizen

Resilience

ServeUSA

Sisters Lead Sisters Vote

SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Supermajority

Ultraviolet

United State of Women

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

#VOTEPROCHOICE

Voto Latino

Women Employed

Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

Women’s March

 

Endorsement is an indication of solidarity within our movement and a recognition of the urgency of these policies. Endorsement does not necessarily mean that orgs have expertise in or are actively working towards each priority or policy listed.

 

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