I’m proud of what we accomplished together in 2017. We made great strides in empowering parents and direct care professionals to create stronger families throughout our communities.
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I’m proud of where we’ve been, but even more excited about where we’re going. Many challenges lie ahead as we see a federal government enacting policies that create more systemic challenges to immigrant families; increasing costs for housing, healthcare, and childcare; and reductions in federal, state, and local resources.
But I have hope.
I have hope in state and local officials who stand ready to defend and protect our immigrant brothers and sisters. I have hope in ballot questions that aim to lift families up with paid family leave and increase the minimum wage.
And most importantly, I have hope in you and the rest of the Parenting Family community in Massachusetts, New York, and throughout the United States and abroad.
By standing together, I know that we can advance our shared values and empower even more families in the year ahead. As we focus on the work ahead, I’m recommitting myself to the values that we stand for:
- We believe that all parents are capable of making responsible decisions regarding their own children.
- We believe that immigrants make our community stronger and that no family should be disrupted on the basis of immigration status.
- We address the systemic barriers of oppression that disproportionately impact communities of color, low-income families, and immigrants.
- We strive to be agile in our response to the needs of families and to fight for policies that promote equity and benefit all families.
- We partner with families and social service professionals to create a loving community that provides compassion and respect to all parents.
I look forward to advancing these values with you as we move forward. Thank you for all that you do.
In support of families,
Imari Paris Jeffries