Youth Policy Director Kisha Bird reflects on the moment, the movement, and the reckoning that is currently transforming our conversations, our relationships, our communities, our nation, and our world.
As a DACA recipient myself, I woke up on June 18th feeling the anxious anticipation we had all experienced over the past few months, but with a distinct notion that today was the day. That morning, I refreshed my browser one last time and read what my eyes could hardly believe. We won.
As a nation, we have underinvested in the health and wellbeing of Black communities, while we’ve overinvested in systems that enact violence on these communities. To protect Black lives and heal Black communities, we must divest from the police and invest in Black communities.
The Civil Rights Act enshrined principles of human dignity and equality in federal law, ending segregation in public places and banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin—but much remains unfulfilled.
The systemic effects of racism in child care and early childhood education (ECE) policies, systems, & workforces are apparent in the wide range of social and economic inequities that disproportionately impact Black children, families, & care providers.
Every June, much of the world celebrates and recognizes LGBTQ+ Pride Month. It is a month full of celebration and acknowledgment of the leaders and movements that have advanced LGBTQ+ rights, protections, and awareness.
To my knowledge today, June 19, 2020, will be the first time in 155 years since the formal end of slavery, that Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day,” will be widely and publicly acknowledged by some, and celebrated by others.
My organization and so many others put out a statement to condemn the racist actions and affirm that we stand with the Black community and the voices of protests. Our statement used powerful words, and yes, words matter. But I'm often reminded of my early church teachings—"Faith without works is dead."
For the first time, Congress granted millions of workers nationwide a right to federal emergency paid sick and family leave. However, recent polling indicates that Americans are largely unaware of these rights – and a staggering amount aren’t using them. We've compiled the key points on what workers should know about their new federal leave rights.