Interested in joining A Better Balance’s Community Advocate Program?
A Better Balance Community Advocate Armanda Legros, 2014
Use your voice to push for change and make sure the U.S. works better for working families!
Have you ever been treated unfairly at work because you were pregnant, breastfeeding, caring for a loved one, or needed some time off to take care of yourself?
Have you struggled to find high-quality, affordable childcare?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consider joining A Better Balance’s Community Advocate Program!
A Better Balance’s Community Advocate Program is an advocacy and leadership development opportunity for individuals whose financial security or health has suffered due to a need to care for themselves or loved ones.
People in power have to hear from powerful advocates who have experienced these problems in their lives, just like you, so that you can shape the solutions that will truly work for your family. There’s no time to waste.
Community Advocates understand that this country’s laws are simply not working for 21st Century families. Drawing from their own experiences, Community Advocates push lawmakers to pass better laws for working families and empower their communities to use existing rights.
There is not one “right” way to engage in our Community Advocate Program. Takirah Woods joined ABB’s Board of Directors after joining A Better Balance on a trip to Washington, DC and convincing members of Congress to support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, among other activities. Armanda Legros spoke at a rally and told her story to Congress. Natasha Jackson published an Op-Ed in her state’s most prominent newspaper and told her friend about a new law that helped her stay healthy at work. Samantha K. successfully advocated for her own rights under her state’s paid family leave program and shared her story to empower other workers to exercise their rights. Tasha Murrell told her story to The New York Times and pushed for a successful law in her home state. Lyndi Trischler and Sam Riley changed their city’s policies and pushed for a stronger state and federal law.
Advocacy with ABB can take multiple forms, depending on your interests, including educating your community about their rights, talking to the press, authoring op-eds, speaking to legislators, testifying before Congress, attending or speaking at rallies, gathering people in your community to contact people in power, or simply sharing your story to raise awareness about critical issues facing workers.
A Better Balance provides concrete training for Community Advocates interested in speaking with the media, advancing legislation, and educating others like you about their rights. This training allows you to join us in our efforts and effectively make change for your family and others.
Interested in joining the program? Fill out this form!
If you are interested in learning more, please use the form below to email Senior Policy Counsel Sarah Brafman. Please direct press inquiries to Serena Devi (email@example.com) or Katie O’Brien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note: This form is intended to be used to connect with advocacy opportunities through A Better Balance. For questions about your legal rights, please visit our helpline. Do not submit confidential or time-sensitive information through this form.
Advocates in Action
Amir Keinan in Ms. Magazine: Families Depend on Congress to Pass Paid Family and Medical Leave—Mine Included.
Armanda Legros’s Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
“Long Overdue: The Fight to End Pregnancy Discrimination” A conversation featuring Tasha Murrell