May 22 Advocacy Day in Sacramento an Inspiring Success!

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Making an impact! BreastfeedLA and Long Beach Breastfeeds breastfeeding advocates and working parents L-R: Marisol G., Yvette C., Bami A, and Destinee F.

On Monday, May 22nd, breastfeeding advocates from BreastfeedLA and Long Beach Breastfeeds traveled to Sacramento to speak to lawmakers about Senate Bill 63. This important bill will expand job protected family leave to an additional 2.7 million Californians. The advocacy day was part of a larger effort led by the California Work and Family Coalition so Californians can better balance caregiving and working. In total our group of parents, children, and professional visited 40 legislators! 

Currently, employees must work for a company with at least 50 employees to qualify for job protected leave. This means that many people pay into the paid family leave program, but are unable to take time to bond with their newborn because their employer is not required to hold their job for them when they return from leave. Senate Bill 63 would mean that people who work for a company with 20-49 employees would also qualify for job-protected leave.

For most people from Southern California, this was their first time ever participating in an advocacy day.

Breastfeeding advocates unite! L-R Robbie G-D. (California Breastfeeding Coalition), Bami A., Rebeca P-H., Destinee F. and little D., Katie Waters-Smith (BreastfeedLA)

Breastfeeding advocates unite! L-R Robbie G-D. (California Breastfeeding Coalition), Bami A., Rebeca P-H., Destinee F., Katie Waters-Smith (BreastfeedLA)


I was nervous at first but it’s an awesome feeling when you are able to advocate from the heart to help families.”
-Dr. Yvette Castro, DC

 

“As a first time participant, this advocacy day was dedicated to my children. Being the voice for so many families at advocacy day was life changing. I can’t wait to participate again!”  
-Rebeca Pacheco Hidalgo, IBCLC


“As a breastfeeding mom, a teacher to at-risk youth, and wife of a small business owner, it is inherently important to me that all people have access to paid family leave and job security.  I am a privileged person, and if I’m fighting for the right to breastfeed, I can only imagine how great the fight can be for people.  Family bonding not only supports breastfeeding it supports California. Employees who are valued will value their work.  By creating access for all the this time, we are creating healthier bonds between caretakers and children which in turn creates healthy citizens. I was honored to stand beside women from all backgrounds. Honored to see the NAACP. Honored to see #Healthforall.  Advocacy is the lesson in change. Change is showing up and trying again and again and again.” 

-Tanya Reyes, teacher

We're in this together! L-R congressional staffer, Tanya R. and little S., Jenya Cassidy (California Work & Family Coalition), Katie Waters-Smith (BreastfeedLA), Tony Reyes

We’re in this together! L-R congressional staffer, Tanya R. and little S., Jenya Cassidy (California Work & Family Coalition), Katie Waters-Smith (BreastfeedLA), Tony Reyes

If are interested in attending events like this in the future or to join our BreastfeedLA Advocacy Committee, please email chair Katie Waters-Smith at dubergk@gmail.com or call our office at (323) 210-8505.

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