Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a time I’ve wanted to hug my mother more than during this pandemic. Whoever the mothers are in your life, this is a tough time to have to be apart. Our mothers always carry a tremendous load, but we have asked even more of them in this crisis. My mother was trying to be there for her sick daughter on the other side of the country and my sick grandmother who is just a few blocks away from her in a hospital she can’t visit. No matter where we are in the world, however, she has always been my biggest champion and support, and I just want to say thank you to her and all the mothers out there.
For a big part of my upbringing, my mother was a single mom raising three kids while trying to maintain steady work and pay the bills. I can’t imagine what that would have been like during a pandemic with remote learning obligations and rising unemployment. Working mothers everywhere deserve more than our gratitude. We need policies that support them so they can support their families. As your State Senator, in honor of my mother, I will be a champion for paid family leave, universal access to childcare, women’s access to financial capital, and economic support for caregivers.
I would not be who I am without my mother, and with your help, I can do more than thank her. I can pay the sense of fairness and justice she instilled in me forward. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the nurturers and providers, whether by blood or bond. We are incredibly grateful for your love and care, especially in this unprecedented moment.
All the best,