Moms for Biden kickoff event

Women for Biden held its first Moms for Biden event, a kickoff event featuring Jill Biden and Jennifer Garner. Moms Demand Action volunteer Julvonnia McDowell, Portland mom Rashelle Chase, and advocates Fatima Goss Graves and Alida Garcia also spoke at the launch, which reached more than 2,300 women and hit on important issues for moms across the country, including education, child care, gun violence prevention, and Joe Biden’s vision for women and working families. 

Click HERE to watch the Moms for Biden event.

“My heart goes out to these moms who are trying to get ahead and make a better life for their family,” Jill Biden shared. “I know how hard it is because when I married Joe, I was raising three children. I was working, I was teaching full time and yet I was going to school. It took me 15 years to get two master’s and then my doctorate, but I kept going and going and going, but I had help. Not everybody is as lucky as I was to have Joe’s mom nearby and my sisters. So now, women get ready cause you’re going to school.” 

“I’m so wistful for [Joe Biden’s] leadership. I would want that in place so badly,” said Jennifer Garner. “I think for all of us, we all just want to look to that steady hand and to someone of integrity and have them say, ‘this is the safe thing to do. This is the right action right now.’” 

“We have an awful lot at stake. Don’t we? This is a pretty important time. People keep saying this is the most important election of our lifetimes– well, it is,” Garner shared. “One of the things that I love so much, this election is about women as far as I’m concerned. And it’s about women who are living in poverty and it’s about women of color. And I think that this time is so specific because the Vice President’s agenda on childcare is just a game changer. The idea that a huge percentage of the childcare workers are women of color, almost all of childcare workers are women, and yet they’re paid below the poverty line… And I know that Vice President Biden’s agenda to look after moms, to look after caregivers, to help reopen this industry is a game changer. It means moms can get back to work. It means that our society can get up and be as robust as it needs and wants to be.” 

“For me, the idea that we could be looking at a presidency where small children, where families, where women, where people of color, where safety, where leadership is at the top of the list is, a lot to hope for. It feels like really, we could have that? But we can. We just can’t do it if we sit on the sidelines. We have to stand up and we have to be counted and we have to get out there,” Garner shared as she declared her hope in Joe Biden. 

“I had the pleasure of meeting Vice- President Biden a year ago in Iowa and often we sit at the table feeling one way. But what makes the difference is how you feel when you leave the table,” said Julvonnia McDowell, who is part of Moms Demand Action’s Georgia chapter. “And I felt inspired and hopeful because here’s someone that offered their heart, and you can’t spell heart without ear. There was some passion, it was a genuine empathy that I felt. The great civil rights activist and icon, Mr. John Lewis said when he was speaking about gun violence, ‘we have a mission, a mandate and moral obligation to speak up and to speak out’ and Vice President Joe Biden gets that”

“It’s a really sad and scary thing when, especially as black people, we can’t feel like our children are safe anywhere whether that is from the police or that is at school,” said Rashelle Chase, an early childhood educator who has been part of the Wall of Moms in Portland. “When you see the way that people in Portland and the moms came together for black lives and it has been so amazing and it just makes me wish and hope, and optimistic that we can do the same for gun violence in general because it’s intolerable and we shouldn’t have to be afraid for our children.”

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