Answering de Blasio's call to action

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, last Thursday to discuss the “dire state” of income inequality in the United States. Photo courtesy Drake UniversityHe remarked that this “rampant, growing inequality and the things that could be done about it are literally not on the table in Washington DC,” and that it is “up to us to change that course.”

De Blasio called upon the audience to challenge our nation’s leaders to acknowledge this problem, citing that poverty has been “erased from the American lexicon and political debate.”  He laid out “three simple notions” as a way to overcome this inequality moving forward, including raising the minimum wage, helping working parents with family friendly work related policies, and “rewarding work over wealth.”  As mayor of New York City, de Blasio implemented a free, full-day, high-quality pre-kindergarten program, which now enrolls over 70,000 kids from low-income families in the city. He believes that having full day pre-k for all children, regardless of economics, is a “game changer” for the future of this country and a way back to a more equal society.

At Every Child Matters, we are already working to answer Mayor de Blasio’s call to action. We are challenging our presidential candidates by bringing children’s and working parents’ issues, like affordable, quality child care and pre-k and paid family medical leave, into the conversation during this election season.