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Across the US, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been working longer hours across multiple jobs just to pay the rent. This reality of non-stop work has resulted in an unexpected phenomenon: the flourishing of 24-hour daycare centers. Dee’s Tots Daycare, a home-based center in a New York suburb, has become a lifeline for families in the community. Through intimate stories of two working mothers and their beloved caregiver, Nunu, we see how this daycare patches up the gaping holes in a threadbare social safety net and provides a personal response to an urgent problem. Uncover the close bonds forged between parents, children and caregivers. Director Loira Limbal, herself a single parent who made the film while holding down a full-time job, captures a quietly damning portrait of a merciless economy’s effect on working-class mothers and turns a much-needed spotlight on these unsung heroes.
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A recording of the Q&A with Director Loira Limbal, Film subjects Nunu and Patrick Hogan and Lena Simet, Senior Advocate on Poverty and Inequality at Human Rights Watch can be viewed in our “Bonus content” section (please scroll down.)
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Opening Night Q&A with Filmmaker Loira Limbal, Nunu, Patrick + Lena Simet
Check out out the recording of our Opening Night Q&A featuring director Loira Limbal, Nunu, Patrick and Lena Simet, Senior Advocate on Poverty and Inequality at Human Rights Watch
Young Rural Black Women’s Struggle in the Covid-19 Era
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the systemic inequalities and structural racism that have long run rampant in our country. The virus has taken a disproportionate toll on Black people in the United States, including in the south, where the majority live. With limited access to medical care and high rates of poverty, Black people living in southern states already had some of the worst health outcomes in our country. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the government’s response left people largely fending for themselves.
US: Gig Economy Hurts Workers
Nov 9 2020 - The passage of Proposition 22 in California is a blow to the rights of gig workers, effectively stripping them of the state’s minimum wage guarantee, paid sick leave, and other protections, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in a joint statement.
Prop 22, a ballot initiative that was approved by a majority of voters in California in the US general election on November 3, 2020, permits companies to continue treating “app-based ride-share and delivery drivers” as independent contractors rather than employees, who are entitled to critical wage and labor protections under state law. Five large gig companies spent over US$200 million to pass Prop 22, the largest amount ever spent on a ballot initiative campaign in California.
“Prop 22 threatens to create a permanent underclass of workers in California forced to endure poverty wages and substandard working conditions with little recourse,” said Amos Toh, senior artificial intelligence and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The fight now is to stop this dangerous effort to normalize worker exploitation from spreading across the United States and around the world.”