May News

Family Caregiver Survey a Success!


Melisa Acoba surveying family caregivers at the March for Moms in LA


The Coalition is partnering with Human Impact Partners on a Working Family Caregiver Research Project to understand how Paid Family Leave and other workplace policies can support California caregivers of all ages.  We are excited to announce that we have 846 completed surveys -- already surpassing our statewide goal of 500!  We are not closing the survey until June 1 -- if you work and care for a family member or close friend with a disability or serious health condition, please take the survey today in Spanish or English.  This is an important for step for advocates, organizers, and lawmakers to learn about the real needs of working family caregivers in order to campaign for positive change.  

Family Caregiver Focus Groups

In the second stage of our research campaign, the Coalition is hosting four caregiver focus groups from May 30th – June 1st in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Focus group participants will be compensated with a $50.00 gift card and there will be refreshments and child care. The focus groups in LA are for retail or restaurant workers and for Spanish speakers in multiple industries. In the Bay Area, we have a focus group for working caregivers ages 50-70. Please share this information with family and friends who may qualify.

Los Angeles Focus Groups


Retail, restaurant, and other service workers

When: Wednesday, May 30 at 9am-11am 

Location: LAANE 464 Lucas Ave., #202, Los Angeles, CA 90017

To RSVP: Email Melisa Acoba at 


Spanish-speaking workers

When: Wednesday, May 30 at 11:30am-1:00pm 

Location: LAANE 464 Lucas Ave., #202, Los Angeles, CA 90017

To RSVP: Email Manuel Villanueva at 


Bay Area Focus Groups


Older workers

When: Thursday, May 31 at 3:30pm-5:30pm 

Location: 304 12th St., #2B, Oakland, CA 94607

To RSVP: Email Laura Eberly at 





Coalition Lobby Day: Advocating for Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Parents

Join fellow California Work & Family Coalition members on May 23rd in the State Capitol to educate legislators about the importance of lactation accommodation for the health and well-being of new babies and working parents.  

We will meet with key legislators and staff to educate them about SB 937 (Wiener) and AB 2785 (Rubio) that expand the rights of lactating parents in the workplace and school.  We will also discuss the need to increase reimbursement for breast pumps under Medi-Cal, that hasn't changed in 30 years!

Register HERE!

A light lunch and training will be provided at 12:30pm in the Eureka Room in the Capitol basement.

Coalition Members Spoke, Campaigned, and Mobilized at the United States of Women Summit

Coalition members came from all over California to take part in the second United States of Women Summit (#USOW2018) on May 5th and 6th in Los Angeles.  The Summit was a weekend of conversations, mobilization, and inspiration from women leaders from the grassroots to business and government.  Coalition members spoke at and attended workshops on child care, criminal justice, poverty, immigration, and the #MeToo movement. 


BreastfeedLA campaigning for a healthy start for all babies at the USOW


Mary Ignatius, Statewide Organizer for Parent Voices, spoke about the need for affordable child care


Coalition organizations joined the March for Moms, calling for safe and healthy births in LA



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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