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Film Screening Success: From "ZERO WEEKS" to Fully-Paid Leave in Berkeley

Berkeley_ZW_Panel.jpgClarissa Doutherd, Holly Esler, Councilmember Ben Bartlett, and Renata Moreira speaking at Berkeley ZERO WEEKS

More than 70 people gathered in Berkeley on August 16th for a screening and panel discussion of the film “ZERO WEEKS.” The documentary examined the US paid leave crisis from an emotional, health, economic, and global perspective, getting to the heart of the push for fully-paid leave in Berkeley.

Putting the film in context and discussing what is next for paid family leave at the local, state, and federal level were a number of experts to speak on the issue. Coalition Director Jenya Cassidy, and Netsy Firestein with the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UC Berkeley opened the event. Speaking on behalf of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond's office, Molly Curley O’Brien highlighted California's progress with increased job protection and wage replacement. We were also joined by a dynamic panel with diverse experiences with CA Paid Family Leave, including Clarissa Doutherd of Parent Voices Oakland, Holly Esler with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Renata Moreira with Our Family Coalition. Berkeley City Councilmember Ben Bartlett moderated the panel and spoke about his inspiration for introducing a universal paid leave city ordinance.

Two more “ZERO WEEKS” screenings will be held this fall in Orange County and Los Angeles. See below for more details!

Please donate to the California Work & Family Coalition today and help us organize more events like this and continue to expand CA Paid Family Leave and the fight for universal fully paid family leave.


Audience_BZW.jpgTasha Henneman and Molly Curley O’Brien at ZERO WEEKS


EDD/Paid Family Leave Advocates Held a Historic Convening in Los Angeles

On August 23rd, top EDD representatives and Paid Family Leave Advocates convened an inspiring regional meeting in Los Angeles - the first time such quarterly meetings have been held outside of the EDD office in Sacramento. The goal was to engage new and diverse partners in our collaborative work to increase awareness and access to California Paid Family Leave, and it was a big success in terms of bringing new voices and ideas to the table. Led by the EDD and the CA Work & Family Coalition, the EDD-PFL Advocates group has been meeting regularly for years, and has been instrumental in providing critical community-level feedback on EDD operations and marketing, and leveraging resources to create a PFL system that works for all. This takes a collective effort on the part of the EDD, legislators, advocates, and community partners alike. We are especially excited to continue strengthening our strategic partnerships with healthcare, early childhood and caregiving organizations to build up our base of PFL Advocates and navigators statewide, as well as in working with the EDD to improve customer service and community outreach. Please let us know if you are interested in getting involved or learning more about this work. Contact us at info@workfamilyca.org.


EDD_2.jpg “The EDD-PFL Advocates meeting was informative and struck a chord around paid family leave from prenatal to senior caregiving. I had several 'aha moments,' and now that I know better, I can do better to inform my community.” - Wenonah Valentine with iDREAM for Racial Health Equity




The CA Work & Family Coalition is part of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV) Delta Leadership Team. We’re working with the Partnership, policy makers, and our members on ways to highlight paid leave as a support for survivors and an important part of DV prevention.  Learn more at the Annual Statewide Meeting in November!



NCHOA_Nico.jpgNicolás Peña from NHCOA and Coalition leader, Manny Villanueva, train promotoras on CA Paid Family Leave


Coalition and NHCOA Lead Paid Family Leave Training for Promotoras de Salud in LA

On August 28, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NCHOA) hosted Melisa Acoba from the California Work & Family Coalition and Manny Villañueva from ROC-LA in a "Know Your Rights" training on Paid Family Leave for promotoras de salud.  The event was held at the Roybal Foundation in East Los Angeles as part of NHCOA's Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training (ECET) designed to develop community leaders in the fight for an inclusive and equitable Paid Family Leave system in California, among other issues important to the Hispanic community.  As a caregiver and community organizer for Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles, Villanueva's personal story and experience resonated with the promotoras, who believed in the importance of caregiving, having job and economic security, and confronting and overcoming fears exacerbated by the current political climate through the support of community organizations, the Coalition, and national partners. 


"ZERO WEEKS" is Coming to Orange County!

The Coalition and Orange County partners are organizing a screening of "Zero Weeks" in Representative Mimi Walters' district in Orange County in September at the Irvine United Congregational Church, which will welcome our diverse audience including folks from the LGBTQ community and other spiritual faiths. Sponsors include the Orange County Civic Engagement Table, NextGen America, ACLU of Southern California, and BreastfeedLA.  The screening will lead into a conversation about the values embodied by REAL paid family leave policies, our champions, and the forces that seek to erode the progress we have made in the movement for equitable, more inclusive family-friendly workplaces.  There will be a special live interview with the filmmaker before the film and workers and leaders from the district will speak about the importance of strong local, state, and national paid leave laws. Please contact Coalition staff, Melisa Acoba, at melisa.acoba@gmail.com for more information.


LA "ZERO WEEKS" to Kick Off the BreastfeedLA Summit

Join us October 9th at Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles for a screening of the award-winning film, "Zero Weeks." The film will be followed by a panel discussion on California Paid Family Leave and the work we’re doing in LA to make sure all new parents and caregivers can be there when their families need them most. The event will be held on the eve of BreastfeedLA’s Summit, “Taking Action to Reduce Breastfeeding Disparities in Los Angeles - Our Collective Responsibility.” To become an event co-sponsor, contact Melisa Acoba at melisa.acoba@gmail.com.  Click HERE for tickets.  



California Work & Family Coalition Annual Statewide Meeting Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 - 400 pm in Oakland (Location TBD). This is our planning meeting that sets the Coalition agenda for 2019. Put it on your calendar today and stay tuned for more information!


Coming Up:

Coalition Director, Jenya Cassidy will speak on an AARP tele-town hall entitled “What You Need to Know About California’s Paid Family Leave. Sign up HERE.


Help us expand California's Paid Family Leave and win family-friendly workplaces for all workers!  Donate or join the Coalition today!

Your tax-deductible donation will move us closer to our vision of a California where all people have the time, resources, and support systems to care for themselves and their families and to lead meaningful, healthy, and happy lives.

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