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Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
84,333 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to New York State House, New York State Senate, Bill de Blasio

Weekday-only Town Hall Meetings in NYC

New York City is home to 1.1 million Jews, of which many are religious and represent a political force within the city and the state. As of this writing, there are 7 town hall meetings scheduled for this month, and 3 are being done on Saturday, a day of rest for the Jews inside their districts. By holding town halls on Shabbat, religious Jews are unable to attend and have their voices heard. After being done so often and so long, even after being warned, we are left with the conclusion that they are doing this on purpose. It would be one thing if this were a district in Alabama, but this is a diverse city and districts as much as 25-30% Jewish. That's a lot of people unable to have a voice in the political process. So as not to silence the voice of the Jewish voters, I petition the city of New York to mandate town hall meetings, by elected politicians, to only take place on weekdays. The congressmen holding these weekend events are Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.  Any congressperson that wishes to hear the opinions of their constituents should, out of respect, hold events on days that are most convenient to their constituents. By holding these townhalls on Saturday, they are effectively silencing a large portion of their electorate from participating in the political process.   This petition is sponsored by Judea Pride. If you like our petition, and want to see more activism for the Jewish community, then consider visiting our Patreon.  

Mordecai Solomon
13 supporters