FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2022
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Georgia Domestic Workers Endorse Candidates in State Legislative Races
ATLANTA – Care in Action, the national policy and advocacy home for more than 2.5 million home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners today announced that they will back more than a dozen candidates for the Georgia House and Senate this November.
“Each of these candidates share our commitment of investing in and listening to communities of domestic workers, women of color, and working families who are too often left behind by policies and politicians who don’t value care,” said Heather Cronk, interim co-executive director of Care in Action. “We are proud to endorse a full slate of candidates who will fight for the issues important to Georgia home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners.”
Care in Action and the domestic worker movement has deep roots in Georgia. Atlanta is the birth-place of the modern domestic worker movement. In the 1960s, Atlanta was where the first national domestic workers alliance was born, headed by civil rights leader Dorothy Lee Bolden.
“It’s past time for working people in Georgia, especially the 41,000 home care workers in this state and those they care for, to have a legislature that fights for them,” said Care in Action Georgia State Director Jasmine Bowles. “We’re looking forward to mobilizing our growing movement to elect these outstanding women this November and win progress toward a more equitable and just future.”
The endorsements announced today were made after extensive discussions among domestic workers in Georgia and a meeting of Care in Action Georgia’s Workers Committee, which endorsed all mentioned candidates. The full list of candidates endorsed today includes:
Nabilah Islam (SD7)
Nikki Merritt (SD9)*
Melody Bray (SD38)
Georgia House of Representatives
Ruwa Romman (H97)
Erendira Brumley (HD51)
Park Cannon (HD58)*
Kim Schofield (HD63)*
Lydia Glaize (HD67)
Tish Naghise (HD68)
Sandra Scott (HD76)*
Attania Jean-Funny (HD78)
Shelly Hutchinson (HD106)*
Regina Lewis-Ward (HD115)*
Traci George (HD132)
Joyce Barlow (HD151)
* denotes incumbents
Care in Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, was founded in 2016 at the request of domestic workers who knew they needed to build political power to advocate for dignity and fairness for this workforce. In 2018, Care in Action Georgia ran one of the largest voter contact programs in the state in an effort to elect Stacey Abrams as governor of Georgia — including over 500,000 conversations at the doors with voters and more than 1.4 million texts sent.
Care in Action is the policy and advocacy home for women who care, working on behalf of more than two million domestic workers and care workers across America. Among the fastest-growing sectors in our economy, domestic workers are also among the most vulnerable and undervalued. As a mostly women and majority women of color workforce, this growing constituency consistently and overwhelmingly supports progressive values in American political life. Learn more at www.careinaction.us.
Paid for by Care in Action, Inc., and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.