Bring Sanctuary Home with Ai-Jen Poo

We've seen a huge response to Eve Ensler's message about bringing our work for justice from the streets to our homes. Few know more about those two things than Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Please join Ai-Jen Poo and Hand in Hand for a special webinar, focused on how we bring Sanctuary into our homes. You’ll learn:

* How to to expand sanctuary to our homes, our neighborhoods and our communities
* Actions that make a big difference in the lives of workers, employers, and allies
* Ways to plug in in your home and community

RSVP today.  

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Along with Ai-Jen, we'll hear from leaders from across the country who are bringing a focus on supporting immigrants and justice into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.

If you can’t attend live, register anyways and we’ll send you the recording and resources afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you on the call!

 

 

 

A Message from Eve Ensler

Our Sanctuary Homes campaign is part of a broader movement for a new kind of sanctuary that protects people and communities who are under attack by the current administration — this includes communities of color and immigrants, DACA recipients and their parents.

Thousands of you have downloaded resources, joined community calls, workshops, and marches, and dozens of you fasted last week. 

We know that when we come together, sanctuary becomes real and powerful. We also know that we need more of us on board acting to create sanctuary in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

Today, Tony Award-winning playwright, actor, and activist Eve Ensler has a message for every household in America that has ever depended on a nanny, house cleaner, or home attendant.

Click to watch and share Eve's call to join us!

Those of us who employ domestic workers—most of whom are immigrants and women—have an especially important role to play in standing with the workers who have supported millions of families and homes like ours.

And we need our friends and neighbors to join us, too. Please share this video now and encourage your friends to join the campaign.

Immigrants are #HereToStay. #WeBelongTogether. We’re counting on each other.

The Fast to Defend DACA

In less than 24 hours, thirty-nine of you joined us in fasting last week. And many more took their first steps in the Sanctuary Homes campaign.

We skipped lunch and hopped on a community phone call, where we had the privilege of being joined by Jeanette Vizguerra, an NDWA member leader who took sanctuary for three months in a church in Denver earlier this year.

By fasting, we broke our daily routines for a period of reflection and chose to sacrifice some of our own comfort to experience, in a symbolic way, the pain that hundreds of thousands of young adults and their families felt last week when the White House announced its decision to end the DACA program.

We sent a powerful message that we depend on each other and are willing to do our part to #DefendDACA. We showed members of our communities, including domestic workers, neighbors, friends, and family, that we have their backs.

As she told us, "This isn't much of a sacrifice when you think about what's at stake: the lives of 11 million people."

What's next? Invite some new friends to your #Sanctuary Homes table. Download our guide to hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation at your home.

Which side are you on?

To you, it might seem painfully obvious that you oppose the administration’s hateful attacks on immigrants and so many other groups … but if a nanny, house cleaner, or home attendant works in your home, are you sure that they know?

A nanny told us this week, “Most of us will never bring up politics—we don’t know what side our boss is on, which is scary. We don’t want to risk creating any tension.”

What does the person you employ not know about you?

Just as you may not know who around you is feeling fear and pain as the legal status of 800,000 young Americans is up in the air—millions of domestic workers may be wondering which side their boss is on.

Is the person who works in your home one of them? The smallest statements can let them know:

“I hate what this administration is doing right now.” “I’m so sad for all the Dreamers. I’ve been calling Congress to protest this all week.” “I can’t believe our leaders don’t understand how valuable immigrants are.”

You can print out one of our window signs and use it as a conversation piece, an excuse to bring it up.

You can educate yourself with our resources—we'll be adding more DACA-specific ones soon.

And if you’re as angry and sad as we are, as we worry about all those we know and love, and those we surely know but haven’t even told us they’re undocumented, make sure you’ve signed our Sanctuary Homes statement of support.  

Once you've taken that most important step—making sure the person who works in your home knows which side you're on:

Join us for a Friday Fast Call at 12:30 p.m. EST (9:30 a.m. PST) where employers who are fasting in solidarity with DACA Moms will be reflecting, talking with NDWA leaders and Dreamers, and discussing next steps in our fight for and with one another.

Here's more information about fasting in solidarity with immigrants on Friday.  

Solidarity & Sanctuary on the May 1st Day of Action

Did you know that May 1st has historically been a day of action for workers around the world?

Ever since 200,000 workers went on strike for an eight-hour day on May 1st, 1886, most of the world has celebrated this historic moment annually, even though the U.S. officially celebrates "Labor Day" in September and the holiday tends to have a less political connotation.

But these are highly political times. Given the heightened level of insecurity both workers and immigrants are facing under the Trump administration, social justice groups across the nation are planning May 1st strikes and protest actions across America.

In other words, they plan to #ShutitDownMay1st by showing the country a #DayWithoutAWorker and a #DayWithoutAnImmigrant.

While many of us are workers ourselves, as people who employ a nanny or childcare provider, house cleaner, or home care attendant, we can have a unique impact on May 1 by supporting the workers in our homes. Whether you’d like to participate in the actions on May 1st as an employer, worker, or both, the important thing is to participate!

Learn more about the Day of Action and what domestic employers can do during a thirty minute call on Thursday, April 27th with Ilana Berger, Director, Hand in Hand, and Andrea Cristina Mercado, Director of Campaigns at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. RSVP Here. 

On the call, we’ll dig into how we as domestic employers are planning to take action in the following ways:

Give the person we employ a paid day off  

We’re encouraging all domestic employers who can to offer the person they employ a paid day off so that they’re able to participate in the strike. And we encourage you to join workers out in the streets! If giving a paid day off isn't possible—and we know that it isn't for many—see below for more ways to participate.

 

Join our local chapters for actions in New York or the Bay Area

Our organizers and leaders are heading to the streets!

New York: Join our New York chapter at A Day Without Immigrants and Rise Up NY, May 1. The plan is to make signs together at our offices from noon to three, then join the march in Union Square at 5 p.m. To coordinate, email our NY organizer, Tatiana

Bay Area: In the morning, we'll be bringing our kids to join the All-Day May Day Activities for Young Activists + Allies in San Antonio park in Oakland.  At 3 pm, we'll be joining our CA Domestic Worker Coalition allies at Fruitvale BART station for the Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights. Email our Bay Area organizer, Lindsay, if you'd like to volunteer in the morning or join us for the march.  Please let her know if you have any access needs. 

 

Join a march/rally/action near you, with the person you employ

Look up actions all over the country on the May1.org site. You can even learn how to organize a strike for better conditions at your own workplace or how to plan ahead to take the day off.  

 

Make calls to Congress, write letters, post on social media

You can sign petitions or find actions to take or issues to communicate with your elected official about at other social justice or progressive organizations like MoveOn, CTZNWELL, Hollaback, MomsRising, and JFREJ.

 

Have a Sanctuary Homes conversation with the worker you employ

  • Have you spoken about the election? If not, now is a great time. It doesn’t require scheduling a meeting or any formal structure. You could simply start with: “I’ve been meaning to ask: How have you been feeling since the election?” With that, the lines of communication are open! You can read more tips here.  

  • Our key tip is always to avoid making assumptions, whether it’s about their or their family’s immigration statuses or their politics.

  • Ask if the person you employ has heard of the May 1st Day of Action. If not, you can say what it’s about, share how you plan to participate or support, and ask if they are interested in participating in some way. (Be mindful that many people do not feel comfortable with protests for a variety of reasons.)

  • Think right now about what you can offer or would like to suggest. Would you like to attend a rally together? If you can’t provide a paid day off, maybe you can spend an hour of the day together making calls to your representatives?

  • If you think they may be reluctant to say they’d like the day off work if it’s a day they’re scheduled to work at your home, you can take the pressure off by being the first to mention it, and be clear that you can offer a paid day off so that they know they aren’t choosing between a paycheck and the protest.

Remember that when it comes to political action, you don't have to do everything, and you don't have to be perfect. You just have to start and to do something. Whatever you do on May 1, know that you're doing it as part of a community of people just like you. We're with you! And you can share what you’re doing by tagging us on social media (@DomesticEmployers on Facebook and @HiHEmployers on Twitter) or sending us an email.