We are caring majority rising.

Who We Are 

Caring Majority Rising is a political movement of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, and domestic and home care workers. 

We are organizing to build a sustainable and just caring economy. We call for greater investments in home and community-based care, and policy changes that: allow people to live independently with support they need in their homes, make home care work a dignified, family-sustaining job, and acknowledge and compensate the work of family caregivers.

Our goals are:

  • To make long-term care services and supports affordable and accessible to everyone who needs them to live independently— regardless of their ability to pay
  • To improve the quality of long-term care jobs to provide liveable wages, benefits and safe working conditions
  • Invest in the creation of the caregiving jobs that we need to meet our communities’ growing demand; 
  • To mobilize our base to build the political power we need to transform our communities to become interdependent, caring and resilient; and
  • To ensure that voting is accessible, and that everyone regardless of their ability is able to exercise their right to vote

“I go from rage to despair, always worrying that I’m going to be forced into an institution so many years after social workers fought for me to live outside in society.”

– Geri Mariano, Home care worker employer

Our Endorsement Principles

We endorse “care champion” candidates who will fight for our agenda.

This means candidates who:

  • Will push strongly and urgently for a system that puts care before profit by backing universal healthcare that includes long-term care from day one.
  • Fight for the right to quality home and community-based care for all who need it, regardless of income.
  • Believe that the labor of home care workers, personal assistants, family caregivers and all domestic workers is essential to a 21st century economy and that they therefore have a right to living wages, benefits and recognition as essential workers in our communities.
  • Advocate that the very wealthy pay their fair share so we can invest in the vital programs that keep people safe, healthy and supported.
  • Take action to advance an inclusive society that upholds the right to dignity and justice for people with disabilities, seniors, Black people, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQI people and women.

If you are interested in seeking a Caring Majority Rising endorsement, please contact: Julia@DomesticEmployers.org 

“I have been in home care for the past 16 years, but my pay hasn’t increased at all.”

– Pauline, Home care worker

Our 2020 Endorsed Candidates

National Endorsments 

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

President and Vice President of the United States

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Karen Smythe

New York State Senate District 41

Karen Smythe understands the importance of home care from her experience hiring home care workers to support her father, who was able to pass away in his own home. Karen says, “I will work to ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare including long term care while also ensuring that the workers are compensated with a living wage and opportunities for advancement.” 

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Senator Jen Metzger

New York State Senate District 42

Senator Metzger has been a care champion since she took office in 2018. Senator Metzger says, “We need an affordable healthcare system that provides comprehensive, universal health coverage for everyone. That’s why I support the New York Health Act, which will reduce healthcare costs and guarantee coverage for all New Yorkers…Unlike almost every other legislator in Albany, I have never accepted one cent from lobbyists, corporations, or industry groups.”

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Michelle Hinchey

New York State Senate District 46

Michelle understands the brokenness of our long-term care system from her own experience as a caregiver for her father, the late Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Michelle says, “I believe we need to expand quality and affordable healthcare so that it is accessible to everyone; we need to increase services for those members of our community with disabilities, especially accessible transportation; create pathways for real equitable careers in home care and long term care to make sure people are being paid what they deserve; and we need to ensure more women’s voices are at the table in our State Legislature to ensure these kinds of issues are at the forefront of the conversation.”

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Jim Barber

New York State Senate District 51

Jim Barber is on the caregiving team for his mom and understands deeply the importance of home healthcare. Jim says, “In rural areas like parts of the 51st District, there’s a lack of access to healthcare and an aging population without enough people to care for them. This puts upstate New Yorkers at risk. That’s why I support programs that provide local healthcare delivery including school-based health programs and investments in rural hospitals and health clinics, as well as ensuring that we have enough home healthcare workers to allow seniors to age at home.” 

 

Our Endorsement Process

  1. Caring Majority Rising sends candidate a written questionnaire
  2. Caring Majority Rising invites candidates who return questionnaire to meet for a formal interview with an endorsement interview committee
  3. The endorsement interview committee sends an endorsement recommendation to the Caring Majority Rising Steering Committee.
  4. Caring Majority Rising Steering Committee issues final decision on the slate of endorsed care champions through consensus OR, if necessary, a ⅔ vote
  5. Caring Majority Rising will support endorsed “Care Champions” through a combination of canvassing efforts and at least one public forum held in collaboration with the candidate

If you are interested in seeking a Caring Majority Rising endorsement, please contact Julia@DomesticEmployers.org

“Benefits [for home care workers] are basically nonexistent, unless I want to spend my whole paycheck. If I did that, I wouldn’t be able to live.”

– Tyler Tunison, Home care worker

How TO VOTE

Register to Vote


Make sure you are registered to vote!

  • If you live in New York State, you can check your registration status here. If you live elsewhere, go to Vote.org to be directed to check your registration status and how to register.
  • In New York State, you can register either online OR by printing and completing this voter registration form and either mailing it or hand-delivering it to your County Board of Elections office.
  • The deadline to register in New York State online or in person is October 9th. If you are mailing your registration form, October 9th is the postmark deadline.

How to Vote


Whether its voting by mail, by absentee ballot, early voting, or heading to the polls— there are many options to vote safely this election. Go to Vote.org to find out your state’s rules on how to do so.

How to Vote in New York State

Absentee 

  • October 27: Last day to apply for an absentee ballot online, by email, fax or to postmark to send a printed application by mail. If mailing, we highly recommend you mail it no later than October 19th! The Post Office has advised they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.
  • November 2 : Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
  • November 3: Last day to postmark or hand-deliver your absentee ballot in person to your local board of elections or polling place. Mail in absentee ballots must be received by no later than Nov. 10th. 
  • Request your absentee ballot online here or contact your County Board of Elections 
  • If you are blind or disabled and would like to receive an accessible electronic ballot by email, apply here.

Early Voting 

  • Early voting begins October 24 and runs through November 1. The times and places to vote early in-person depend on the county where you are registered to vote. To find more information on your early voting sites and times, please contact your County Board of Elections. 

At the Polls on Election Day 

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd! New Yorkers can vote at the polls between 6AM – 9PM. Click here to find your polling place. 

 

“Benefits [for home care workers] are basically nonexistent, unless I want to spend my whole paycheck. If I did that, I wouldn’t be able to live.”

– Tyler Tunison, Home care worker

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