FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 22, 2022
CONTACT: Summer Kim [email protected]
DETROIT – 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 domestic workers voted to endorse candidates for Michigan’s 10th Congressional Seat, State House, and State Senate this November.
“Michigan nannies, house cleaners, and home care workers are going to turn out in force this November to elect candidates who will fight for us,” said Sobaika Mirza, Interim Co-Executive Director of Care in Action. “We know what’s at stake in this election. It’s critical that we elect a government that will deliver results for working people, and especially for the working women of color who make all other work possible.”
Michigan is an ongoing political battleground and Care in Action is building year-round organizing programs to build the power we need for women of color across the state to thrive. Though 2020 was a tumultuous year in Michigan, Care in Action responded by building deep relationships with legislators who have their own care stories, and by instituting a new bipartisan Legislative Care Caucus in the state legislature to set us up well to pass pro-worker, pro-care legislation.
“These women are all true champions for the issues important to Michigan’s 69,000 domestic workers,” added Myaia Holmes, Care in Action Michigan Program Manager. “We are proud to endorse their campaigns today because they understand that care work is the engine of our society and essential to all Michigan families. We look forward to the work ahead and to seeing them win this November.”
Care workers provide essential services to older adults and people with disabilities but struggle to earn a living – exacerbating the inequities already faced by women, people of color, and immigrants. Because of low compensation and other job quality challenges, Michigan is already experiencing a workforce shortage that will only worsen without action.
The endorsements announced today were made after deliberation by Care in Action Michigan’s Workers Committee:
Michigan Congressional District 10
Erika Geiss (SD1)
Stephanie Chang (SD3)
Padma Kuppa (SD9)
Katybeth Davis (SD16)
Michigan House of Representatives
Helena Scott (HD7)
Brenda Carter (HD53)
Cynthia Neeley (HD70)
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. By supporting progressive women of color candidates as well as drafting and pushing legislation through the Michigan Caring Majority and the Legislative Care Caucus, Care in Action will continue to build the political power of domestic workers.
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.