Missed #KeepMarching last night? Here's the Zoom record

Missed #KeepMarching last night? Here's the Zoom record

The coronavirus pandemic continues life as we know it, including how we work, spend money, maintain our relationships, think about the future, and more. At last night's #KeepMarching meeting, we looked at the implications of COVID-19 for paid family leave, taxes and the economy.

We are very grateful to Amy Matsui, Director of Income Security at the National Center for Women's Rights, Indy Duta-Gupta, Co-CEO of Georgetown Center for Poverty and Inequality, and Ruth Martin, SVP of MPSRising in the Workplace for Justice, for bringing of their expertise at the meeting. And thank you, Alice Schmeier, budget guru at MomsRising for helping moderate and interview.

I. If you missed the meeting or want to review any part of the program, no problem, we recorded it! Click here to watch the recording,

II. Participants' comments

We had people joining from the farthest corners of the country – from Gallup, New Mexico, to Detroit, Michigan, and from Miflinburg, Pennsylvania to Houston, Texas. The conversation was informative, yes, a little hazy and heavily engaged. Here are just a few of the many valuable comments that participants shared in the live chat:

It was horrible for me in 2006 when I had my last child. I had 2 months medical leave after having my daughter. Then I had to go back to work or be broken. She was only 2 1/2 months old and I was still breastfeeding her. I had to stop because it was hard for me to work and do it. I hope it becomes better for women to have children and to have a secure job!

Honestly, I've never considered tax policy, thought very much about its impact on race and gender – thank you for sharing Amy!

Aimee Matsui spoke great. You spoke the truth about oppression with the minority community. Keep on carrying the truth! Only in this way can we make a change. Step by Step.

III. We have two important online events to help you navigate and learn about the impact of COVID-19 on our families and communities.

1. RSVP NOW for "COVID-19 Support Programs: Everything You Need to Know and How to Apply!" Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT

Last month, the US Congress passed major legislation to help address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. These policies include massive extensions and updates to unemployment insurance, paid sick days and paid family leave, and nutrition assistance (including SNAP, WIC and free school meals). Many people have questions about who can apply for these programs, how to gain access, and where to go for more information. We cover you!

Join MomsRising, along with experts from CLASP, the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) and the National Immigration Law Council, for an online seminar to learn the nuts and bolts what you need to know to apply for assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Now: https://action.momsrising.org/survey/COVID19Webinar_RSVP/

2. RSVP NOW for our next #KeepMarching online meeting the effects of COVID-19 on mass arrest, Tuesday, April 28, 8:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm PT

We are currently in crisis on several fronts, and one such crisis at the time of breaking with COVID-19 is our massive incarceration rate – the highest in the world – and crowded prisons where we have completely inadequate health protections. There are 2.3 million people behind bars. Every day, 600,000 people are sentenced to prison, mostly because they do not have enough money to go home with their families. In addition, 38,000 people are currently being detained at ICE Detention Centers. You will not want to miss this Hangout so sign up now: https://action.momsrising.org/survey/km_webmeeting_massincarceration/

Be well and stay healthy! We look forward to seeing you next time.

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