My Heart Lies in Organizing

Tamara Green, pictured here with her mother, is a member of 9to5 Georgia. She spoke at the national We Wont Wait Summit about her experience as a caregiver. Tamara is an advocate for her mother who lives with HIV/AIDS. Because she needed to accompany her mother to the hospital, Tamara was fired from her job.

Moms say, “Don’t make policy about us, without us!”

“You’d think they want us to fail,” said Marta, a young mother in a Boston parents’ meeting. She was rocking a sleeping toddler as she explained that she couldn’t cover her bills working just one job. So she added house cleaning on weekends, but the small pay increase led to her subsidized rent being doubled and she was now facing eviction. “How am I supposed to make this work?” she asked the other parents who were shaking their heads with an understanding that can only come from having gone through it. Over the next two hours, we kept coming back to that question and heard the same response. The women agreed, people who make policy “just don’t get it.”

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