It is an honor to write to you as the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s new Executive Director.
As the granddaughter of a domestic worker, I do this work for those who came before me. And while I am new to this role, this work isn’t new to me. As NDWA’s former Chief of Staff, I have been proud to help our organization grow to become the largest membership-based alliance of women of color over the last fifteen years.
Building this power is so important because, in 2022, the majority of nannies, housecleaners and care workers still have no benefits, little protections, and huge barriers to holding bad employers accountable. It’s an injustice I’m determined to end, and I want to ask for your help.
In honor of our 15th Anniversary, we’ve created “The Future is Us” Fund. We have set a goal of raising $10,000 by June 15th, so we can announce the result to all our members the next day for International Domestic Workers Day.
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Growing up, my grandmother would tell me stories of her work, the joys and the difficulties, including sometimes having to bring my father along with her to her jobs. It’s a situation that so many domestic workers I work with continue to face today.
Our members, these lived experiences, and the harsh realities of domestic work are at the heart of the priorities “The Future is Us” Fund will tackle:
We demand good-paying jobs, benefits, and protections. These priorities and “The Future is Us” Fund are key to us achieving that demand, and to sustaining our movement to rebuild our communities, our economy, and our democracy.