Fearless, courageous women have been among the architects of every major social justice shift in the history of this nation. The prayer of Prathia Hall provided the cornerstone of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, and the women of the National Welfare Rights Organization were instrumental in forming the original Poor People’s Campaign. We have learned from these women, and their mandate to us is to continue the fight for this country until it is filled with true liberty and justice for all. Yet today more than half of the nation’s 140 million poor and low-income are women and girls, the overwhelming majority of frontline workers are women including 58% of all low-wage workers, and women have been disproportionately impacted by the economic and social effects of the pandemic including job loss, child care loss, health care loss.
Joined by labor unions, faith leaders, poor and low-income people from dozens of states across the country, we will call on the Senate and the White House to make good on their campaign commitment to pass a $15/hr minimum wage now. We will demand the COVID package includes expanded unemployment benefits, expanded health care, vaccine equity and a guaranteed income for all! Join us as we continue to push Congress and the White House to enact our 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation.
**The online event will be ASL interpreted and open captioned.**
Healing the earth means healing our people. That’s why on Monday we lifted up struggles from across the nation to protect our land and freedom from the evils of ecological devastation, poverty wages, environmental racism and denial of health care. From the struggle to defend Apache sacred land in Oak Flats from a corporate mining giant to Cancer Alley in Louisiana to toxic factories in West Virginia and Chicago, to name just a few, we’ll hear directly from communities that are fighting back and demanding economic and environmental justice.