It's Not a Matter of Getting in Back of the Line. There is No Line.
This week on the pod, we talked with the incredible Cheska Perez, a recent high school graduate from Nevada who shared her story of wanting to serve her country in the military, but not having the option because of her immigration status. Her passion to serve was channeled instead into volunteering and eventually working for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and advocating for immigrant communities in her own state and beyond. Cheska is a rising star in the world of immigrant rights and progressive politics, and we are thrilled she chose to share her story with us this week.
Cheska Perez holding a sign that reads #DefendDACA
Following up on our conversation with Cheska, we spoke with Cat (Pantsuit Nation's Chief Operating Officer and call to action maven) about our actions the week. We encourage all Pantsuit Nation members and pod listeners to go to defenddaca.com to register for one of the events on August 15, a day of action to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). August 15 marks 5 years since 800,000 immigrant youth have been able to get legal protection, go to college, and support their families, but the current administration is facing pressure from a small handful of state Attorney General's to reverse this incredibly important immigration policy created under President Obama. In addition to showing up on August 15, you can also find many resources for taking action at United We Dream.
For this episode's Golden Pantsuit, we recognized another badass woman who is serving her country in more ways than one. Along with most of the rest of Facebook, we were enthralled and cheering our computer screens this week when Amy McGrath, a congressional candidate from Kentucky, released the most epic campaign video perhaps of all time:
If you're like us and pretty much obsessed with this woman, you can imagine our excitement when we called her up to award her the prestigious Golden Pantsuit and SHE ANSWERED THE PHONE.
AND THEN PROCEEDED TO BE JUST AS AWESOME AS WE THOUGHT SHE WOULD BE.
Amy, you are amazing. Thank you for your service in the Marines, for standing up to run for office, and for being a role model for young women and men everywhere. We're looking forward to following your campaign.
"Some are telling me a Democrat can't win in Kentucky. That we can't take back our country for my kids and yours. We'll see about that." - Amy McGrath.
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Congresswoman Moore gives a constituent a high five.
This week, Cortney and I were THRILLED to talk with the incredible and inspiring Congresswoman Gwen Moore, who shared with us her galvanizing message about advocating for the health of new mothers and babies, a community that has often been overlooked and underserved. Representative Moore, a great-grandmother herself, perfectly distilled for us the urgency of this issue, citing the (devastating) prevalence of maternal and infant death in this country. We also talked about why telling our stories matters, and who inspires us.
Thank you to Congresswoman Moore for joining us and for speaking passionately and persuasively about how we can all take action. Please call your own elected representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support Congresswoman Moore's upcoming bill that highlights this issue. You can also read an op-ed she wrote last year about the GOP's shameless misappropriation of Black Lives Matter to demean women of color. She's a badass and we love her and loved speaking with her.
Our calls to action this week (courtesy of Cat!):
If you'd like more information or resources on infant and maternal health:
The CDC advocates for Safe Sleep Education through programs such as Cribs for Kids, which is a National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative that works to reduce the rate of infant sleep-related deaths
Support Planned Parenthood - they are a critical reproductive health provider. Donate, share their message, and pressure your lawmakers to keep them funded!
After last week's statements (via tweet) from the President suggesting that transgender people be banned from military service, we also ask our listeners to take action in standing up for the transgender community. A few suggestions:
Your biggest influence is those around you. Talk to neighbors and friends about the facts surrounding the transgender military community.
Write Members of Congress expressing support for transgender military members.
The Golden Pantsuit this week went to Bozoma Saint John, the new Chief Brand Officer at Uber. She's taking the challenge head-on, and we're looking forward to a better Uber under her guidance.
Finally, we leave you with the best thing of the internet this week... Mikal Kilgore doing a gospel rendition of Maxine Waters' recent showdown with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a House Financial Services Committee hearing. Waters was having none of it when Mnuchin was trying to waste her allotted questioning time. Let's all reclaim some time this week, pantsuiters.
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