It was a bittersweet week for our movement. In two major decisions, the Supreme Court demonstrated how far our movement has come, while reminding us that we need to continue to organize in our communities to transform our country into one where mothers don’t have to live in fear of deportation and people don’t have to go without medical care because they cannot afford it.
On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down many of the provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070, but upheld Section 2B, the “papers please” provision. Ana Maria, of our We Belong Together Campaign explains that “papers please” provisions in harsh immigration laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 are “a wave of attacks against all people of color. Under these laws, no one is free, and it doesn’t matter if you have papers or not.”
Under the provisions, Alicia, an undocumented woman from Georgia, is forced to navigate checkpoints between her children’s school, her home and the hospital. “Why do I look around and see so many mothers detained? How does detaining mothers make our communities safer?”
A few days after handing down its decision on SB 1070, the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, the law that expanded access to healthcare for many seniors on Medicare and to millions of people under Medicaid.
The Court’s ruling on the ACA protects many of the provisions that provide increased access to care for millions of people, but the Court’s decision to limit the expansion of Medicaid to millions reminds us that we must continue to organize to ensure that we all have access to affordable quality health care, from our nation’s youngest infant to our retired elders.
For Tina, a member of Caring Across Generations who uses a wheelchair and relies on home health care to live independently, “the cuts to Medicaid and Medicare can be devastating — we need to continue to supply the funds necessary” for folks to access the care they need. The Court’s ruling threatens access to those necessary funds.
This week’s decisions prove more than ever that we must continue to organize to win justice for all, protect the care we have, and create the care we need. Will you join our national grassroots movement to win policies that prevent discrimination and create the programs and services our communities need?
But don’t stop there!
Watch this inspiring video from our Los Angeles Care Congress and take action for care by emailing your senators to ask them to support the Caring Across Generations Sense of the Senate Resolution today.
Thank you for standing with us to uphold health and justice for all,
—The members and staff of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
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