Governor Sarah Palin’s Office Refuses to Accept Letter from America’s Moms

Katie Bethell, MomsRising.org

Katie Bethell, MomsRising.org

MomsRising.org blogger Katie Bethell posted the following report on September 24, 2008.  The organization, with over 100,000 members, has recently been collecting online signatures for an open letter to Governor Sarah Palin asking her position of a wide variety of issues important to mothers and their children.  After having collected over 21,000 signatures, a few MomsRising members respectfully went to the Washington, D.C. office of Gov. Palin to deliver the letter, but the office rebuffed their attempts and refused to accept delivery.  The full text of the letter is included below.

Fifteen DC-area moms and MomsRising.org Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner were turned away this afternoon when they attempted to deliver a letter to Governor Sarah Palin asking her to share her positions on issues like health care, paid sick days and flexible work options. The group was attempting to deliver the letter to the State of Alaska office in Washington, DC.

The letter was signed by nearly 22,000 moms, dads and others from across the United States who would like to know what a McCain/Palin administration would do to support America’s families.

“We are extremely disappointed that we were not even allowed to deliver this letter today,” said Rowe-Finkbeiner. “Health care, paid sick days, paid family leave and afterschool programs are among the issues that are top-of-mind for many families. We were told that we need to mail in our letter and we’re going to do that. We are still counting on Governor Palin to respond to us. ”

The letter says in part:

“It was dazzling to see a mom on the stage at the Republican convention accepting the Vice Presidential nomination. There are too few mothers in the boardrooms and high levels of political office. As members of MomsRising.org we celebrate your path from PTA to Vice Presidential candidate, but we didn’t hear much in your speech about what you and your party will do for mothers and families.

“… Our nation can’t afford to ignore the issues of mothers and families any longer. We want to know where you stand on the issues which are critical to mothers like healthcare, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, afterschool programs, childcare/early learning, paid sick days, and flexible work options.

“With now three-quarters of American mothers in the labor force, but a societal structure which hasn’t caught up to that modern reality, we, as a nation, are at a crisis point for our families. Bottom Line: Mothers want to ensure the well-being of their families. No mother should have to choose between taking care of a sick child and feeding her child. And no mother should have to choose between taking her child to the doctor and paying rent.

“Governor Palin, if elected Vice President of the United States, how will you support mothers and families?”

MomsRising.org will mail the letter to Governor Palin’s four regional offices, her Washington, DC office and McCain/Palin campaign offices.

The letter is part of MomsRising.org’s MomsVote ’08 effort, which includes Get-Out-the-Vote activities, debate watches, voter registration and educating the candidates about issues that matter to America’s families, like paid family leave, flexible work options, afterschool programs, health care for all children and affordable child care.

Governor Sarah Palin’s Office Refuses to Accept Letter from America’s Moms

MomsRising members attempted to deliver a letter signed by over 21000 people to Governor Palins DC office. The office refused to accept the letter which asked Gov. Palin where do you stand on issues that impact moms.
MomsRising members attempted to deliver a letter signed by over 21,000 people to Governor Palin’s DC office. The office refused to accept the letter, which asked Gov. Palin “where do you stand?” on issues that impact moms.

Ask Governor Palin: Where do you stand on issues that matter to me?

Just put in your name below to sign this letter, asking Governor Palin where she stands on issues that impact families.  The more moms who sign on the letter, the more Gov. Palin will listen and understand that she must address these issues to get our votes.

Dear Governor Palin,

It was dazzling to see a mom on the stage at the Republican convention accepting the Vice Presidential nomination.  There are too few mothers in the boardrooms and high levels of political office.  As members of MomsRising.org we celebrate your path from PTA to Vice Presidential candidate, but we didn’t hear much in your speech about what you and your party will do for mothers and families. 

Due to the economic downturn, mothers and families are struggling more than before.  A quarter of families with children under age six are living in poverty, and having a baby is a leading cause of a “poverty spell” in our nation–a time when income dips below what’s needed for food and rent.  Women get a huge wage hit when they have children: mothers make only 73 cents to a man’s dollar, and single moms make only about 60cents.  Countries with family-friendly policies and programs in place–like paid family leave and affordable childcare–have smaller wage gaps for mothers, healthier children, and spend less funds later on the criminal justice system, grade repetitions, healthcare, and much more.

Our nation can’t afford to ignore the issues of mothers and families any longer.  We want to know where you stand on the issues which are critical to mothers like healthcare, fair pay, paid family and medical leave, afterschool programs, childcare/early learning, paid sick days, and flexible work options.

With now three-quarters of American mothers in the labor force, but a societal structure which hasn’t caught up to that modern reality, we, as a nation, are at a crisis point for our families.  Bottom Line: Mothers want to ensure the well-being of their families.  No mother should have to choose between taking care of a sick child and feeding her child. And no mother should have to choose between taking her child to the doctor and paying rent.

Governor Palin, if elected Vice President of the United States, how will you support mothers and families?

Please address these issues in your upcoming speeches and media opportunities, including the Vice Presidential debate. Mothers across the nation look forward to hearing where you stand on our issues.

Sincerely,

 

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