07/06/2018

Contact: Marzena Zukowska, NDWA: marzena@domesticworkers.org, (872) 216-3684

Jane Fonda will join a DC lobbying delegation from July 10-12, and meet with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Sen. Patty Murray, and other congressional leaders

Washington, DC -- As women-led movements continue to gain momentum, Jane Fonda will join a DC delegation of domestic workers and farmworker women from July 10-12 urging Congress to pass laws that protect all working women. They are scheduled to meet with key congressional leaders including Representative Pramila Jayapal and Senator Patty Murray, among others.

“Women are driving change in every aspect of American life - in culture, politics and the workplace. Harvey Weinstein was a breaking point for so many of us in Hollywood, but we also know that abuse of power is all too common across industries, especially for women of color working in low-wage jobs,” said actress and activist Jane Fonda. “The only way this changes is if we unite across industries and communities, which is exactly what we’re doing.”

This effort builds on this year’s Unstoppable Day of Action, which for the first time brought together more than 100 domestic workers and farmworker women to the nation’s capital to push for an expansion of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act among other workplace laws.

“As long as the most vulnerable workers face rampant sexual harassment with few protections, we will keep coming back to Washington to make our voices heard,” said Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Alianza de Campesinas and guest of Laura Dern at this year’s Golden Globes. “With the floodgates open, it’s time we put real policies on the table for farmworkers and domestic workers who bring nourishment and care to our nation.”

“Courage is contagious. Across industry and issue, women are refusing to stay silent about abuse and injustice,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of National Domestic Workers Alliance, and guest of Meryl Streep at this year’s Golden Globes. “Whether organizing to stop the separation and detention of families or fighting to end sexual violence, we will not rest until all women and our families can live and work with safety and dignity.”

Press is invited to a public conversation on women’s rights at work with Jane Fonda on June 12 from 9:00am-9:45am at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. RSVP REQUIRED.

About National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Domestic Workers Alliance is the leading voice for dignity and fairness for domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. NDWA is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations and local chapters and by a growing membership base of nannies, housecleaners and care workers in over 20 states. Learn more at: http://www.domesticworkers.org

About Alianza de Campesinas (National Farmworkers Women's Alliance)
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas is the first national farmworker women’s organization in the U.S. created by current and former farmworker women, along with women who hail from farmworker families. Founded in 2011, Alianza promotes the interests and priorities of the 700,000 farmworker women who pick, plant, and pack agricultural products across the U.S. Alianza is comprised of 18 member organizations around the United States and in Mexico. Learn more at: www.campesinasunite.org

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