Mothering Justice ended 2017 by advocating for the saving of Safety Net programs in partnership with MOSES and MI United. We achieved this by inviting members, elected officials and supporters as those impacted shared their experiences. One in particular, Latasha Greer, a wife, mother and Mothering Justice member; shared how SNAP kept her family fed and Medicaid helped her to fight breast cancer.
Representative Stephanie Chang and Pontiac Councilman Kermit Williams, also Mothering Justice members and activists for economic equality, highlighted how important it is to be aware and fight for families to change policy for the better. It’s always encouraging when elected’s make time to listen and learn then apply.
We encouraged participants to sign letters addressed to Governor Snyder. This was one of our “call to action” requests because his administration is a part of the collective that’s determined to exclude Michiganders from receiving life-saving assistance. We also asked everyone to place an ornament on our “Family First” tree with a handwritten phrase that spoke to them. Some of the top options were: “people over profit”, “families first”, “children should be fed” and “medical care is a right”.
Then a warm dinner was served as attendants conversed and networked with one another. And as always, our littlest members were present to get their grassroots organizer training. We will continue to do what we do best in 2018, make sure those with stories are given a microphone and placed in decision-making environments. If you’re interested in what we have to offer, please contact us today!