Last week, domestic workers in the state of Massachusetts celebrated a huge win when Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on July 2nd. The Bill of Rights strengthens the state’s protections for workers by providing, among other things, clarification on what is working time, freedom from sexual harassment, and, for the first time in the US, maternity leave.
To learn more about this win, we spoke with the National Domestic Work Alliance Campaign Director Andrea Cristina Mercado. Andrea originally started organizing in the Bay Area with Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots Latina immigration women’s organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a leader of the national coalition, “We Belong Together,” we also spoke to Andrea about how the lack of immigration reform continues to impact children, women, and families.
And now, without further ado, the Feministing Five with Andrea Cristina Mercado!