November 9, 2022
Contact: Lisa Lederer, 202/371-1997
Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO of MomsRising Together, the online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on yesterday’s election:
“In turning back the widely anticipated ‘red wave,’ voters yesterday rejected an agenda that advances hate and division and ignores the needs of moms and families. In the face of an uncertain and painful economy, voters acted to protect our democracy and economic security by electing members of Congress who will codify our access to abortion and advance the care infrastructure policies we all need to thrive. Every lawmaker at every level should understand that voters now expect them to deliver for families with paid family and medical leave; affordable child care, health care, and home-based care; vastly improved maternal health care; a resumption of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments; a path to citizenship for immigrants, and most urgently for Dreamers, many of whom are care workers; and more.
“The ballot measures yesterday in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, and Vermont, coupled with the vote this summer in Kansas, make crystal clear that the country rejects the devastating abortion bans that have caused immense suffering and chaos. Moms will look to the new Congress to codify Roe v. Wade, protect our freedom to decide if, when and how many children to have, and ensure that we can all access the reproductive health care we need.
“Moms played a key role by mobilizing their families and communities to vote and had a lot to do with yesterday’s election results. Through its Moms Power Elections programs, MomsRising Together organized nearly 550,000 phone calls and texts, in English and Spanish, to lift key candidates, including through volunteer phone banks. We sent more than 133,000 candidate-specific GOTV postcards, and reached more than 4 million Black, Indigenous and people of color, including through Spanish-language radio, in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Our micro-targeted social media and ads, in English and Spanish, made 13.4 million impressions.
“As we await results of the U.S. Senate races in Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada, and several U.S. House races, one thing is clear: Voters said no to fearmongering and yes to reproductive justice and a care infrastructure. It was a good day for moms, women, families and our nation. Moms and the people who love us came out in force for democracy, for abortion rights, and for a care infrastructure – and now we expect lawmakers to deliver for us.”
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