Messages and Events from Community Change Action Economic Justice Team

Join our friends in California and Michigan for a day of virtual action to ensure that the needs of our children and families are heard loud and clear by our elected representatives! Social Distancing won’t stop grassroots power!! Now more than ever we have to organize and fight for our families! Our lives are literally on the line!! Solidarity!!

Parent Voices’– Stand for Children Day LIVE-Join in Solidarity!

Wednesday May 6, 2020, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm PST/6:00 pm to 7:30 pm EST

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Social distancing won't stop Parent Voices from our biggest day of advocacy! As parents have already known, and this crisis is proving, Child Care is always essential.

· Honor our essential workers by extending their 2 month emergency child care vouchers to 12 months.

· Ensure our child care providers across all settings are paid, including those caring for fewer children or closed. We cannot afford any provider to permanently close because of loss of funding due to COVID.

· Better support families who have children with special needs by funding supplies and materials for their IEPs to be implemented at home.

· Recognize the financial strain on families who are not working and taking care of their children at home by providing financial relief including rent, food, and utilities.

Join parents, providers, decision makers, and other community members for a


Parent Voices CA will highlight the needs of parents doing essential work, raising children with special needs, and parents whose jobs have been lost due to COVID-19. Hear about their realities and demands as we work together to create real solutions for families now and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Help spread the word by sending the flyer to your listserv and sharing the attached flyers on social media. Also, please use the hashtags #AlwaysEssential #ParentVoices during the live event.

The Mama’s are coming! Mothering Justice’s 2020 Mama’s March Wednesday May 6, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Mothering Justice's Mamas' March exists to increase the visibility of mothers' of color. This year we are going let legislators know that despite the current events surrounding COVID-19, we show up, we vote, and we matter. Join us and hear from your legislators.

New Mexico Announces Hazard Pay for Child Care Workers

Child care workers who face exceptional risks for exposure to the coronavirus, as they care for the children of New Mexico's essential workers, will now receive compensation for the added dangers they face. Elizabeth Groginsky, Secretary of New Mexico's Early Childhood Education & Care Department, announced today that child care workers who continue to work will receive direct payments from the State of $700/month. These payments are in addition to the regular wages they receive from their employer.

“This is justice for early educators!” said Elvia Taborada, a leader of a movement to win adequate compensation for child care workers in New Mexico. “We want to thank Governor Lujan Grisham and Secretary Groginsky for recognizing that the heart of our economy is the workers who risk their lives every day to educate and care for the state's children.”

Taborada said that a group of child care workers who are part of OLÉ, a community organization that fights for higher pay and benefits for essential workers, held a virtual meeting with Secretary Groginsky three weeks ago to share their fears and to suggest using stimulus funds to compensate child care workers for the risks they are taking.

“Sec. Groginsky listened to us and committed to find a solution,” Candelaria Pacheco, another educator who was part of the meeting, said. “I explained how doctors and nurses drop their children off in my home every day. I love my work, but I may be exposing my household to the coronavirus, so I should be compensated. Sec. Groginsky agreed.”

New Mexico is only the second state—after North Carolina—to establish hazard pay specifically for child care workers. While many states, including New Mexico, are making extra payments to child care providers during the crisis, these payments do not necessarily result in higher wages for child care workers.

The policy announced on May 1st, however, establishes that hazard payments will be made directly to workers rather than to their employers.

Congratulations to OLE New Mexico on a hard fought victory!

Soapbox Video Tool-Sharing Your Voice and Your Story!

Thank You to the over 40 Community Change/Community Change Action field partners that joined our training last week to learn about the Soapbox tool and how to best integrate the tool in to our organizing strategies in times of social distancing. We are excited that so many of you were able to not only learn about the tool and its uses but also that so many of you were able to make your own video. See link below.

Below I have also included the links to the PowerPoint presentation from the training and Soapbox landing page request form for field partners to submit to Community Change to get your own specific state campaign in English and/or Spanish.

Here’s the PowerPoint:

Here is the form:

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Tammy or myself and we can help get you set up on Soapbox.


Tuesday May 12, 2020 6:00-7:00 PM EST

Building a Caring Economy. A “Virtual Town Hall” with Stacey Abrams.

Join folks on the frontlines of this crisis for a conversation on the new economy we need and the future we can build together.

Registration Link and Additional Information to follow over the next couple of days!

For more information please feel free to reach out to Tammy Thomas-Miles ( ) or myself ( )

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