NDWA Atlanta LOVES Domestic Workers!
The year thus far has been eventful for this country and for marginalized communities. Moments like the Women's Marches across the country filled us with hope for the future. Other moments illustrated the precariousness of the current political climate for our immigrant and Muslim family and friends, and the devaluing of their contributions to this country.
Domestic workers know what it means to have your contribution be devalued. The history of domestic work in this country is intricately connected to the legacy of enslavement and the gendered designation of "women's work" as not real work. As a result, household labor has been historically viewed as insignificant. Even today, employers and leaders show us their lack of appreciation for domestic work through word and deed.
We at NDWA know that this is not true. As the UN Women states, "Domestic work makes all other work possible." Domestic work is invaluable, and as such, we will continue to fight for respect and dignity for caregivers, home care workers, and housekeepers.
This month, we are committed to showing our love for all domestic workers in Atlanta. Keep reading to find out more.
Chapter member Patricia Sauls with other domestic workers at the Women's March in Washington, DC.
Telling Domestic Workers' Stories
This month, the Atlanta chapter will be launching a survey and storytelling project. We will be surveying current domestic workers throughout the state about wages, benefits, and working conditions. We hope to collect enough surveys to get a good picture of the state of domestic workers in Georgia.
We will also be partnering with StoryCorps to collect the stories of domestic workers. On Saturday, February 4, chapter members will be interviewing each other in the Story Booth at the Atlanta History Center. Then, for the next 6 months, we will be collecting the stories of former and current domestic workers across the state.
Members Nilajah and Shea learning how to conduct surveys in our Survey Skills Workshop.
This Valentine's Day, we will be blitzing the MARTA to survey and appreciate domestic workers. We will be giving workers Valentines and chocolates. If you would like us to bring Valentines to places you gather with domestic workers, contact Jacklyn at 404-584-0840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Saturday, February 18 for our Monthly Member Meeting. New Member Orientations will begin at 10, and regular meetings will begin at 10:30 and last until 1 pm. The new longer meeting schedule will allow us to talk about our chapter activities, campaigns, and also do political education together so that we can build our analysis of the systems that shape our lives. As always, a light breakfast will be served and children are welcome.
We have big plans for the chapter, but we need your help! Here are some ways you can plug in to the work of the chapter and improve conditions for domestic workers in Georgia.
- Conduct surveys of current domestic workers
- Interview current and former domestic workers
- Do outreach
- Participate in the Valentine's Day MARTA Blitz
- Conduct phone banking for meetings and events
- Saturday, February 4: StoryCorps Storybooth Day
- Saturday, February 14: Domestic Worker LOVE Day
- Saturday, February 18, 10am-1pm: Monthly Member Meeting