Social Justice at MOM’s

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

We are teachable. Mindfulness, education and communication are essential in cultivating an inclusive environment in which all MOM’s employees are treated, developed, and promoted fairly.

We rise by lifting others. Our social justice journey is ever-evolving, and there is always more work to be done. We are focused on progress, not perfection.

Indifference makes no difference. We continue to fund and partner with nonprofits that are impactful in the social justice movement. We seek to create, facilitate, and encourage change that has a tangible effect in the community around us.

Honor Juneteenth With MOM’s

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is a celebration of the liberation of enslaved people after the Civil War on June 19, 1865. The holiday commemorates the day during which the last enslaved African-Americans in Texas learned of their freedom––more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth has been celebrated since 1865, and was declared a federal holiday in 2021.

“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.” – Angela Davis

This year, we’re celebrating Juneteenth at MOM’s! 5% of sales will be donated to 3 social justice nonprofits: 

Mid Atlantic Innocence Project
Center for Constitutional Rights

Equal Justice Initiative fights for reforms that protect incarcerated people by challenging excessive punishment in court, advocating for parole and providing re-entry support, and advancing systemic reform through research, education, and narrative work.

Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, they have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach.

Center for Constitutional Rights works with communities under threat to fight for justice and liberation through litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications. Since 1966, they have taken on oppressive systems of power, including structural racism, gender oppression, economic inequity, and governmental overreach.

 

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Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project works to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. They have one of the highest success rates in the country for exonerating those who have been wrongfully accused.

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MORE Act

Decriminalize Marijuana (Last Prisoner Project)

Purpose: Eliminate criminal penalties, clear criminal records and create social equity programs focused on repairing damage to individuals and communities impacted by decades of prohibition.

 

Second Look Act

Campaign to End Life in Prison (The Sentencing Project)

Purpose: Create a sentence review procedure for people serving sentences longer than ten years in federal prison. 

 

 

Restore the Voting Rights Act and End Voter Suppression

(Rock the Vote/Equal Justice Initiative)

Purpose: Tell your Senators it’s time to restore the full protections of the VRA, end voter suppression, and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act!

 

Political Actions we Support

Raising The Minimum Wage
S.53 – Raise the Wage Act of 2021

  • To provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.
End Poverty
H.R.67 – Expressing the moral responsibility of the Congress to end adult and child poverty in the United States.

  • Expressing the moral responsibility of Congress to end adult and child poverty in the United States.

H.R.1558 – Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2021

  • To reduce child poverty in the United States, and for other purposes.
Healthcare For All
 HR1976 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Medicare for All Act of 2021

  • This bill establishes a national health insurance program that is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Reparations
HR40 – Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act 

  • To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States from 1619-1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.
Abolish Private Prisons
 Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities

  • Executive order stating that the Attorney General shall not renew Department of Justice contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities, as consistent with applicable law.

We’re Taking Action as a Company

Training

We are incorporating social justice themes into training materials across the company. This is an ever-evolving process, which will continue to develop over time.

Diversity Recruitment

We are creating more fairness in application processes with the goal of diversifying our pipeline of candidates, managing bias, and building an inclusive environment in all MOM’s stores.

Reporting Unfairness/Bias/Harassment

We are creating resources and outlining procedures in order to provide a safe and transparent space for MOM’s Team Members to report instances of unfairness, bias, and harassment.

PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS:

Audubon Naturalist Society

Focuses on bringing nature to all in the D.C. region, promotes diversity and inclusion, and supports environmental justice advocacy and legislation.

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