What we’ve been up to...

With less than two weeks left before landmark paid family leave legislation is introduced before the DC Council, we just want to take a minute to celebrate the amazing response we’ve gotten from around our community in support of fair leave policies for all DC families.

We spent the summer canvassing at festivals and farmers markets, and met tons of incredible families like the ones below in attendance at this year’s DC Pride Festival.

This September, Coalition members stayed busy, going all around town to collect petition signatures calling on the DC Council to introduce and pass this landmark legislation.

Gabby and Anne of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a Coalition partner group, led some especially amazing canvassing efforts this month. The team got nearly 200 signatures going door-to-door in just one night, and a few hundred more at the DC State Fair and the H Street Festival, where they also passed out some super stylish stickers.

The case for paid family leave was “one of the easiest pitches I’ve made,” Anne said. “Seriously, people just get it.”

(Have you signed the petition yet? If not, join the 1000+ Washingtonians who have already taken action to support a fair and just family and medical leave program for EVERYONE who lives or works in DC.)

Oh, and we also made sweet t-shirts. We think you'd look pretty great in one.

  Special thanks to Evan Gilbert, David Wasserstein, Jamie Diamond, Randy Goldstein, and Michelle Kuchinsky for rocking our sweet new t-shirts and advocating for fair leave policies at the H Street Festival!

Special thanks to Evan Gilbert, David Wasserstein, Jamie Diamond, Randy Goldstein, and Michelle Kuchinsky for rocking our sweet new t-shirts and advocating for fair leave policies at the H Street Festival!

The fight for #PaidLeave4DC is just getting started, though. We’ll be introducing the DC Paid Family and Medical Leave bill before the DC Council on Tuesday, October 6, and we’d love to see you out there. It’ll be a chance to cheer on this critical legislation, and to get a sweet shirt of your own.

And if you can’t make it to the bill introduction, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to help out the campaign in other ways. On Thursday, October 8, Coalition partner Jews United for Justice will host a campaign action meeting that will lay out our strategy and ways to join the fight, or email Joanna, our fearless campaign manager, to get involved today.