Podcast Ep. 90: Paid Family Leave & How To Even The Playing Field w/ Danielle Atkinson of Mothering Justice

It’s Episode 90 of Michigan’s premier progressive podcast!

On this week’s show, Pat speaks with Danielle Atkinson, executive director and founder of Mothering Justice, which is an organization working to empower mothers of color through public policy. Mothering Justice is part of a coalition demanding the Democratic majority in the Michigan legislature to vote on paid family leave bills–bills that have yet to receive a hearing even though they were introduced last year! This is a beautiful chance for Democrats to demonstrate how they truly care about the working class, not to mention how passing paid family leave would help them retain their slim majority in Lansing!

Danielle Atkinson. Executive Director and Founder of Mothering Justice. Photo Courtesy of Mothering Justice

Before Danielle joins this week’s show, Pat spends the first segment talking about the continued improving economy, and why Biden and the Democrats should celebrate the good news of cooling inflation and corporations scaling-back on their rampant greedflation. It’s not to say the economy is perfect. It’s not, and millions of working people need help and are feeling squeezed, which is why a paid family leave bill would help even the playing field in Michigan. However, with cooling inflation and greedflation, and low unemployment, Democrats must remind voters how they once again saved the country from another failed MAGA Republican administration.

The “Last Call” covers another example of a Michigan MAGA Republican bobbing-and-weaving when cornered on whether or not they’d support a national abortion ban if elected to the U.S. Senate. But make no mistake. Every MAGA Republican wants to ban all abortion care, and contraception, in order to show how government can control and limit the freedom for women.

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As lawmakers cross off Whitmer’s priorities, paid family leave efforts sit stagnant.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Facts about Paid Family and Medical Leave by the Michigan League for Public Policy

Snyder signs neutered minimum wage, sick time bills.” By Nick Manes of Michigan Advance

Battle lines form as Michigan Democrats eye 15 weeks paid family leave.” By Clara Hendrickson and Amy Brookfield of The Detroit Free Press in Bridge Michigan

Majority of Michiganders want paid family and medical leave according to new statewide poll.” By Michigan League for Public Policy

$15 minimum wage proposal won’t make 2024 ballot, as Michigan Supreme Court denies appeal.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance

Republican Sherry O’Donnell files signatures in U.S. Senate bid.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance

Off The Record episode featuring Michigan Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Sherry O’Donnell. Courtesy of WKAR News

Navigator Research poll showing voters will not back candidates attacking abortion and contraception care.

US consumer prices unchanged in May; bolster rate cut expectations.” By Lucia Mutikani of Reuters

What Trump promised oil CEOs as he asked them to steer $1 billion to his campaign.” By Jack Dawsey and Maxine Joselow of The Washington Post

The Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the Trump Tax Cuts of 2017.

Consumers want a break on prices and interest rates but Fed keeps rates high.” By Susan Tempor of The Detroit Free Press

David Pakman tweet on inflation questions for MAGA Republicans.

Costco accused of “greedflation”: Wholesaler reports increase in earnings while hiking up prices.” By Joy Saha of Salon

Michigan Freedom Caucus members want to censure Speaker Tate.” By Anna Liz Nichols of Michigan Advance

Neil Friske sharing abortion ban views in WKHQ Radio on April 30, 2022

Northern Michigan Lawmaker Joins Lawsuit Over State Election Changes.” By Radio Results Network

After Trump endorses opponent, state Rep. Steve Carra drops out of race for U.S. Congress.” By Brad Devereaux of MLive.com

Photo: “Michigan State Capitol” by the.laus is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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