FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
CONTACT: Anna Zuccaro | email@example.com
In reaction to last night’s elections, the principals of the We Demand More Coalition, a collection of organizations fighting for women, in particular Black, Indigenous, Latina and other women of color, on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, issued the following statement.
The statement is cosigned by Fatima Goss Graves, President, National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, Shaunna Thomas, Co-Founder and Executive Director, UltraViolet, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising, Kelley Robinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Dawn Huckelbridge, Director of Paid Leave for All, Jordan Brooks, Executive Director, United State of Women, Destiny Lopez, Co-President, All* Above All Action Fund, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, Executive Director, Women’s March, Adrienne Kimmell, Acting President, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Amanda Brown Lierman, Supermajority,
“Last night’s elections in Virginia and across the country demonstrated that if Democrats want to remain competitive they must deliver for the voters who turned out for them in 2020. That means moving quickly on transformative investments in our communities that center the women and especially women of color who carried this country through the pandemic and delivered for Democrats in the 2020 election.
“That’s why now is the time for Democrats to move swiftly on the historic Build Back Better package and the transformative investments it makes in our children, families, and childcare workforce, the expansion of affordable healthcare for all, immigration reform — and to ensure paid leave stays in the package. Make no mistake — this deal will have a significant impact on tens of millions of women, caregivers, and families around the country and represent a promise kept by the President to center care in his agenda.
“This is a critical investment toward building an economy that truly works for ALL women, caregivers, and families across demographics and geography. We are grateful to our elected leaders for fighting for these historic investments. As last night’s elections showed us, voters expect them to get the job done.”
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About We Demand More
Formed in 2020, We Demand More is a coalition of organizations using our collective power to fight for the courageous women workers and caretakers, especially women of color, who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and who are particularly impacted. Their lives, livelihoods, and families depend on lawmakers and business leaders doing more — and we need everyone to demand more. We’ve formed the We Demand More coalition to fight for four demands from Congress and corporate leaders:
Prioritize our health and safety ahead of corporations.
Get life-sustaining relief to us NOW.
Make state governments strong; they are our lifeline.
Stop the attacks on our reproductive health care, including abortion access.
More information on the We Demand More coalition can be found on its website at www.WeDemandMore.org and its letter to Congress can be found here. Below is a full list of the We Demand More coalition’s members:
Endorsement is an indication of solidarity within our movement and a recognition of the urgency of these policies. Endorsement does not necessarily mean that orgs have expertise in or are actively working towards each priority or policy listed.
Abortion Access Force
Advocates for Youth
All Women’s Progress
All* Above All Action Fund
African American Ministers In Action
American Association of University Women Action Fund
Birth In Color RVA
Black Women’s Roundtable
California National Organization for Women
Catholics for Choice
Center for American Progress Fund
Chicago Foundation for Women
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues
Coalition of Labor Union Women
End Rape on Campus
Equal Pay Today
Equal Rights Advocates
Feminist Women’s Health Center
Free Speech For People
Global Justice Center
The Greenlining Institute
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
National Birth Equity Collaborative
National Black Justice Coalition
National Organization for Women
National Organization for Women – Connecticut chapter
National Women’s Health Network
National Women’s Law Center
New American Leaders Action Fund
New Century Trust
New Voices for Reproductive Justice
Paid Leave for All Action
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Sisters Lead Sisters Vote
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
United State of Women
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island