What better way to honor mamas than to write care into our policies and practice expansive love across our communities?
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, here are three ways our partners at Women’s Foundation California are showing up for mamas:
- The California Momnibus Bill
To address racial disparities in maternal and infant health, Black Women for Wellness and a current cohort of Women’s Policy Institute fellows continue to champion SB 65. As written, this critical legislation would expand access to postpartum health care, build a network of doulas and midwives, and provide important cash assistance to low-income mamas.
- Free Black Mamas + #EndMoneyBail
Essie Justice, a powerhouse network of women with incarcerated loved ones, is bailing Black mamas out of jail and working to put an end to the cash bail system. Read their recent testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that highlights money bail as a racial, economic, and gender justice issue.
- Feeding Black Futures
All about “more produce, less prisons,” Feeding Black Futures is a collective of growers and abolitionists who feed Black mamas and caregivers impacted by incarceration in the Los Angeles area.
I see so many ways that we can build community, grow food, pass laws, and shift culture to create a feminist future and present where care is at the center and mothering is about more than biology.
Let’s keep building that world together.