It was an honor to be a guest on Breaking Through the Podcast that is powered through MomsRising and hosted by Kristin Rowe-Finbeiner, Author, speaker, radio host, co/founder and Executive Director/CEO of MomsRising and Board President of MomsRising Education Fund. *Link to the full episode is below!
Kristin and I discussed the new Executive Orders (EO) from President Biden’s office. The EO’s are good but not great and they are not statutory. There were multiple transition papers and asks of the civil and human rights organizations sent to the Biden team as soon as he won and we hope that this work will be moved through legislation. We discussed the EO that ended the Private Prison systems used for government entities. I discussed how this EO falls short because it was the same one as the Obama EO on Private Prisons, that also fell short when it comes to racial justice and equity. The Biden EO leaves out DHS – Department of Homeland and Security where detention centers are housed; DHHS – Department of Health and Human Services where mental health institutions and other institutions house disabled people are housed; and DOL – Department of Labor where the labor of incarcerated persons which private entities control and pay sub-minimum wages as well as provide horrible working conditions are housed. This must be a holistic approach to ending racism and creating equity within the Administrative Departments of the government.
Then we discussed the Breathe Act which has not been introduced into Congress as of today! It was an honor to be a part of the writing of the Breathe Act but also understand that this is an omnibus or large legislative package which will be difficult to get passed in the 117th Congress. It is like the racist legislation titled The New Green Deal – please STOP using this foundation of FDR and the New Green Deal as a basis for doing racial justice! People feel that they are repackaging the New Deal – you can NOT repackage racism. Let us use new titles for the foundation of racial justice and equity work – like use some of the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Be different move away from racists historic figures like FDR for moving forward plans to create a new world order. Both these large legislative packages will have difficulty getting passed in the 117th! But we must remain hopeful. *See my blog post on this: STOP Using The New Deal As a Social Justice Framework….It’s Racist and Ableist
I also discussed the importance of creating relationships with staff “on the Hill”. When activists attend meetings with a staff member please get their names and contact information so that you can reach out to them monthly and follow up with your questions, concerns and asks of their boss. Once a month reach out via email or phone, remind them of when you met and your questions, find out if their boss is supporting your asks and then do it again the next month. The key to moving legislation is relationship building. The one stop shopping does not work with staff or in the business of moving bills in Congress.
Kristin and I discussed some of the issues of concern for Disability Justice movement especially now during COVID19. There are 100,000+ people who have died in long term care settings as well as institutions. Most of them are Black and Brown people. Public health officials have said “get them out because these institutions are deathtraps”. See my blog post on this on CDR website: CDR Statement on the Report From New York State Attorney Generals Nursing Home Response to COIVD19 Pandemic
I also discussed the work being done on the Disability Integration Act (DIA) which has been introduced in three Congresses and once passed into law will be the next civil rights law passed for those with disabilities. Join us and tell all! Find out more about the DIA go to: http://www.disabilityintegrationact.org/
Finally, we discussed #DCSatehood! We have two bills introduced in the 117th Congress H.R.51/S.51. I discussed the group I am a part of Neighbors United for #DCStatehood. Please check out information on our new website we have a number of amazing resources. If your national, state or local organization would like to be listed as a supporter please let us know – see our list of supporters on the website here: https://www.the51st.org/supporters
Order a lawn sign or poster to hang up! Follow us on Social Media! Join in helping us to get HR/S 51 passed in the 117th Congress!
Those of you who have representation in congress visit here to see if your House member is a cosponsor of H.R. 51 – currently 210 Cosponsors
And go here to see if your Senator is a cosponsor of S. 51 – currently 39 Cosponsors
Please thank your member who has sponsored the bills and if your members have not sponsored DC Statehood please call their offices, Tweet, IG or FB them and ask them to support HR/S 51 TODAY!!
Thank you to all who have supported us in this work! Please get three of your friends, family members or coworkers to join you in supporting us! #DCStatehood
Breaking Through – Podcast:
On the #RADIO show this week, we cover what needs to happen to move forward justice in our nation; how you can help advance the fair treatment of all immigrant families; why raising the minimum wage raises our economy; and how passing the Paycheck Fairness Act would help advance racial justice, gender justice, and economic justice.
*Special guests include: Dara Baldwin, Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR), @NJDC07, @CDRNYS; Claudia Tristan, MomsRising/MamasConPoder, @MomsRising, @MamasConPoder; Kate Bahn, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, @equitablegrowth; and Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center, @nwlc.
Go here to listen to the full episode – my interview is at the beginning: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/moving-forward-justice/id533519537?i=1000507352470
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