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8/17/09 Family Fun Day in Support of Paid Sick Leave

August 17, 2009
Amherst, MA

In the spring, the swine flu outbreak showed us all that the lack of paid sick days is a serious hole in our public health system. Without paid sick days, folks risked losing needed income, or even their jobs, if they stayed home to prevent the spread of the flu. And, school closures left parents with nobody to care for their kids during the work day. Now we're hearing from public health experts that the flu could come back in the fall. But is Springfield ready?

Join us on August 20th, to learn about Springfield's swine flu preparedness plan from public health officials. This meeting will also be attended by leaders from all over Western Mass. who need to hear from us about the importance of paid sick days in helping people stop the spread of the flu. The energy and momentum we can generate with a strong showing are critical to inspiring our leaders to take action!

All that, and there will be fun games, treats, and a special musical performance for the kids and lots of room to play. This is a great family event where you can have a good time with your neighbors and make a difference!

What: Learn about Springfield's Swine Flu preparedness plan, and meet with our leaders, face to face, and share with them our concerns about the lack of paid sick days and its impact on our lives as we prepare for the swine flu.

When: AUGUST 20, 2009 11am - 1pm

Where: at Kenefick Park on Plainfield St. (the park is behind Gerena School -- 200 Birnie Ave Springfield, MA 01107-1199)

RSVP and more information: email Marianne at marianne@motherwoman.org

Event speakers will include: State Representative Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, State Representative Ellen Story, and City of Springfield Department of Health & Human Services Director Helen R. Caulton-Harris.

By coming to this event, we can show our community leaders the concern we all share about how the swine flu and lack of paid sick days could come to a head this fall. Our leaders need to see that this is problem that needs solutions NOW!

We hope to see you there!