Last week, I stood shoulder to shoulder with Hand in Hand members from around the U.S. and over 120 nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers in Washington DC to celebrate the introduction of the National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
Together, we walked the halls of Congress to meet with representatives and tell them how critical this bill is towards bringing respect and dignity to the domestic workforce.
What a powerful scene: workers and employers—groups that others might expect to be against each other—campaigning together. But many of us know that this alliance is our not-so-secret strength.
One of our San Francisco members, Maria Guillen, helped in the fight to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California just a few years ago. “It took a lot to win in California, and I believe winning the National is possible! I feel very honored to be a part of this delegation.”
In a year of racist rhetoric and even worse policy, the domestic worker movement is leading us towards a vision that honors care in the home, that celebrates immigrant women and women of color, and that continues to create protections for workers.
Come learn more about the National Bill of Rights we just introduced and how our days in DC last week fit into a larger campaign strategy—one that we urgently hope you’ll join.
RSVP for the call on Monday, August 5 at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern.
I’m still buzzing from the excitement of our days in DC—and I can’t wait to share them with you. Join me on August 5! And if you haven’t yet signed on in support of the National Bill of Rights, get involved in this historic effort now with just a click to add your name.
Stacy Kono, Silvia Gonzalez from Casa Latina Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of NDWA and Emily Dills from Seattle Nanny Network and HIH member in Washington DC. All photos: NDWA