#BeTheHelp was a campaign created to give everyone who has been moved by the motion picture “The Help” a way to be a part of improving the lives and working conditions of domestic workers.
On Oscar night NDWA hosted #BeTheHelp Academy Award viewing parties all around the nation to keep talking with our friends and family about how domestic workers touch our lives and do the work that makes all other work possible.
#BeTheHelp We Need
We are thousands of domestic workers and our supporters who've come together to create respect and protections for the important work we do for families across America. In many cases, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our employers and the children and elders we care for, working together to change culture and policy so that domestic workers can gain basic rights, benefits and protections under our nation’s labor laws.
Help Is... Video Series
We’re thrilled to share with you the “Help Is...” video series produced in collaboration with Participant Media and TakePart.com. These videos feature members of the National Domestic Workers Alliance telling their stories. Watch their videos and then share your story about a domestic worker in your life on Facebook or Twitter.
A Little Background
In the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect the rights of most workers in the United States. In a concession to Southern lawmakers hoping to maintain slavery-era work conditions for African Americans, domestic workers and farmworkers where deliberately excluded from these laws and the protections they offered. Many of these exclusions remain in effect today. As a result, domestic workers are one of the most vulnerable workforces in the nation, working without the benefit of core labor standards or basic employment protections. But we are changing this. Today, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading voice and vehicle of an estimated 2.5 million women in the United States who are organizing other domestic workers and supporters like you to establish labor standards for the domestic and care giving workforce.
Expressing support and gratitude for domestic workers can have a direct impact on our ability to achieve the widespread respect and recognition needed to pass important laws.
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Tweet This: #iPledge to #BeTheHelp needed to create respect, recognition, and protection for @DomesticWorkers. Join me? http://domesticworkers.org/#bethehelp
SHARE YOUR STORY
On Facebook: Tell us about a domestic worker in your life by posting a story and/or photo as a status update on Facebook. Tag “@National Domestic Workers Alliance” at the end of your post so that we can share your story with other supporters!
On Twitter: Share your stories and photos using the #HelpStories hashtag.
Thanks for your support! Together we can create respect and ensure protections for domestic workers across the nation, especially our right right to work in a safe and dignified workplace.