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Andrea Batista Schlesinger

Real Family Values

In some rooms, we have a conversation about “family values” in the abstract. In other rooms, we talk about the intricacies of public policy, with statistics and reasoned approaches. How can we bridge the gap? With paid family leave--a policy commitment that embodies real family values.

It’s about more than the graphs and charts that explain why paid family leave is necessary, how it would benefit American workers, how its absence harms our families needlessly, and how it is even beneficial for the bottom line of our economy.

It’s about our personal stories and what ties us together.

The Drum Major Institute wants to know your story. Here’s why.

On September 15, we’ll host the next installment of our Marketplace of Ideas series highlighting policies that are practical, effective, and, most importantly, progressive. Governor Jon Corzine is our special guest. He will talk about the historical significance of New Jersey being the third state in the union to guarantee its workers paid family leave.

After Governor Corzine’s presentation, I’ll facilitate a discussion with him and a fantastic panel including New York State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith, New York Women’s Foundation President Ana Oliveira, and Working Families Party head Dan Cantor.

Do you have a personal story or a question to share with our panel about paid family leave?

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Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 04, 2008 in Drum Major Institute | Economy | Middle-class squeeze | Progressive Agenda
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