Last week was an exhilarating week for Caring Across Generations! In the lead up to Mothers’ Day, we asked you and thousands of others to honor mothers everywhere by taking action to make quality care available to everyone. And together, we did just that!
On May 6-7, we brought more than 100 people representing 26 different states together for a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. Together we shared powerful testimony and held more than 40 meetings with Senators. Resolutions were introduced in both the House and Senate that call for a solution to the long-term care crises our families face and a transformation of the way we care for each other in this country.
At home, we organized deliveries of Mothers’ Day cards to district senate offices to urge our Senators to honor all mothers by creating a long-term care system that works for everyone. In Chicago, the Care Council held a press conference with Representative Jan Schakowsky, champion for Caring Across Generations and author of the House Resolution.
In Vermont, where homecare workers recently won collectively bargaining rights, members of the Vermont Workers’ Center met with Senator Sanders. Meanwhile, Missouri Jobs with Justice brought together seniors, care workers, and disability rights advocates to deliver a card to Senator McCaskill. And in Maine, Food and Medicine’s creative street theater action was covered by multiple press outlets, including WABI Channel 5 and WLBZ Channel 2.
To finish this incredible week, Sarita Gupta, our Executive Director, published a beautiful piece in the Huffington Post, launching the campaign’s first Public Service Announcement. As she explains, “This Mother’s Day, we are launching our first major effort to rewrite the script on care in America. The ‘Care Is…’ video series brings together acclaimed actors, writers, directors and other entertainment industry professionals to portray moments of care that many of us find familiar.”
Even though mother’s day has past – let’s continue to honor all mothers by uniting together for a care system that works for all.