Statements

We Belong Together Decries Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org
c: (872) 216-3684 | @MarzenaZukowska

Washington, DC — We Belong Together, a campaign of women for fair immigration policies, decries Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration announced today. In the orders, Trump sets forth plans to further militarize the U.S.-Mexico border by enabling the construction of the border wall. He further orders the restoration of the notorious and discredited Secure Communities program, as well as stripping federal funding from sanctuary cities, policies which were originally initiated by faith communities to protect refugees fleeing war.

Andrea Cristina Mercado, Co-Chair of We Belong Together, stated:

Trump’s Billionaire Cabinet Benefits From the Labor They Vilify

Media Contact: Marzena Zukowska
e: marzena@domesticworkers.org c: (872) 216-3684 | @MarzenaZukowska

Washington, DC — Preceding today's Inauguration ceremonies, two more confirmation hearings underscore the hypocrisy within Trump’s controversial Cabinet picks. Both Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, and head of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney employed immigrant domestic workers within their homes but failed to follow employer rules related to taxes and hiring.  

Our Country is at a Critical Juncture in the Wake of Freddie Gray's Killing

Women Stand with Baltimore, Say Democracy, Dignity, and Fairness at Stake

For Immediate Release
Contact: B. Loewe, 773.791.4668, bloewe@onpoint.pro

In response to the killing of Freddie Gray, Mya Hall, and others by the Baltimore Police Department, the protests in the street, and the mobilization of the National Guard to enforce a nightly curfew the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) issued the following statement:

“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old Black man who was brutally and senselessly beaten by six officers of the Baltimore Police Department. Gray’s injuries were so horrific that his spine was severed during the encounter, and he later died from the injuries that he sustained. Just a few weeks prior, Mya Hall, a Black trans woman, was killed by the same police department.

Homecare Workers Can’t Afford to Wait Any Longer: States Must Move Forward in Granting Fair Wages and Overtime Pay

For Immediate Release

From: National Domestic Workers Alliance
Contact: Rosana Reyes, rosana@domesticworkers.org, (415) 505-2510

New York, NY-Today the DC District Circuit Court struck a heavy blow against homecare workers when it vacated the narrowed companionship exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act, leaving thousands of homecare workers without basic federal minimum wage and overtime protections. This ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by for-profit homecare industry groups and the International Franchise Association against the Department of Labor, claiming the agency broke the rules when it took this action to protect more workers.

Now with this ruling, many homecare workers are faced with the possibility of waiting even longer to access wages and benefits that could lift them out of poverty. While homecare is one of the nation’s fastest growing industries, homecare workers are among the lowest-paid workers in the country. With median hourly wages of just $9.61, workers and their families face poverty even while they work long hours to support other families.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Statement on President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

The National Domestic Workers Alliance applauds President Obama’s leadership, taking the first, critical step in addressing long-standing problems in our immigration system. This important Executive Action will provide the opportunity for millions of undocumented immigrants who are already part of our families and communities, to come out of the shadows into the full light of our economy and democracy. This includes hundreds of thousands of undocumented domestic workers, who provide critical care, support and services to growing numbers of American working families every day.

Nannies, housekeepers and caregivers are already a critical part of our families and communities; they want nothing more than to be fully recognized as contributing members of our society. This action on the part of the President creates the first sign of relief and hope, an opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of what it means to be an American, without fear of deportation and separation from their families.

NDWA Remembers Misty Upham

We are so deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Misty Upham. Misty Upham, actress and activist, was an important advocate of domestic workers rights. She used her public platform to stand in solidarity with our movement, and we will be forever grateful and proud of her generosity and courage.  

Misty was a champion for National Domestic Workers Alliance, Caring Across Generations, and domestic workers around the country.  As an actress who also did domestic work, she believed deeply in the dignity and respect of domestic workers.   She conveyed the invaluable support domestic workers provide to thousands of families in this country, and the need for change.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Statement on DOL Homecare Regulations

Today the Department of Labor took an important first step in creating a sustainable and caring economy that works for both homecare workers and consumers. By confirming its commitment to extend basic labor protections to home care workers, 2 million people - most of whom are immigrant women and women of color - will now be able to access minimum wage and overtime pay after 75 years of exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“These new regulations are a historic step forward toward a future in which our families and communities can be supported by a strong and stable care workforce, ” said Ai-Jen Poo, Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.

NDWA Statement on Ferguson, MO and the death of Michael Brown

Estamos en solidaridad con la comunidad de Ferguson, Missouri y todas las comunidades afectadas por la violencia policial y la criminalización. Las vidas de la gente Afroamericana son importantes, la vidas de nuestros niños son importantes, y todos tenemos el derecho a vivir en comunidades libres del miedo, el acoso y la violencia. Madres y padres Afroamericanos tienen el derecho de ver a sus hijos crecer y prosperar.

NDWA Statement on Ferguson, MO and the death of Michael Brown

The National Domestic Workers Alliance stands with the community of Ferguson, Missouri and all communities impacted by police violence and criminalization. Black lives matter, our children’s lives matter, and we all have the right to live in communities free of fear, harassment, and violence. Black mothers and fathers have the right to see their children grow up and thrive.

Our hearts are hurting for the mothers across the country who have lost their children and the mothers that live in fear that their children will be hurt or killed at the hands of police or vigilante violence. We are deeply moved by the courage and dignity with which these mothers have sought justice, and the love and support they have shown one another. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother sent a letter to Mike Brown’s mother, "I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence," she writes in the letter published in Time magazine. "But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son."

Statement on the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court Case Decision

On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court made a decision that threatens the fundamental right of state-funded home care workers in Illinois to make progress towards living wage jobs. The organization of home care workers has occurred over the last 30 years, by workers who diligently organized to find a pathway out of poverty toward meaningful economic opportunity. As an undervalued, under-recognized workforce, their access to wages that lift them above the poverty line and access to critical workforce training and career ladders has been a result of organizing and working together.

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