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You are Invited
A screening of the “heartbreaking but inspirational” new film
DHS - Give Us Back Our Children
followed by a Community Dialogue on
Child Welfare, Poverty & Welfare Cuts -Does Caregiving Count?
Friday, December 3, 5:30-8:30pm
3701 Chestnut St. (W. Philly)
· Child welfare from the point of view of children as well as of mothers, grandmothers & other relative caregivers & supporters. Our poverty is not child neglect, & we refuse to be punished for it. Of every 1000 of the poorest children in Phila County, the Dept of Human Services snatches 28 children from families – the highest rate in the US – and children of color are more likely to be its victims.
· Cuts in welfare, lack of housing, and domestic abuse resulting in the detention of children by DHS and criminalization of mothers. Older people are forced out of their homes into institutions and into debt.
· The Luzerne County case exposed how “justice” for children and young people is about money. Phila has the highest incarceration rate in the US, with 1 in 9 Black adults under 35 behind bars. PA has the highest number of minors serving life sentences without parole. State crime against children.
· Valuing the caregiver and those they care for - children, elders, people with mental health and other disabilities, veterans. And those who are cared for also do caregiving.
· Raising children is a job: mothers count, count mother’s work! The caregiving work of a mother is valued at $100,000/year (Alternet.com, 2007).
· Living wages/income, quality healthcare, housing, education and healthy food for all caregivers and our families. Money for mothers, not banks, war and occupation.
· Policymakers and advocates invited to hear from YOU!
Come & speak out! Spanish translation, childcare, refreshments. Wheelchair accessible.
Documentary film showing: DHS - Give Us Back Our Children:
mothers & others come together to reclaim children from the child welfare industry
18 min. To order www.everymothernetwork.net