Assemblyman Michael Blake Pens Mother’s Day Open Letter

Assemblyman Michael A. Blake wrote an open letter to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

Dear Mothers,

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I would like to thank and recognize all of the exceptional mothers and the village of women who serve as mother figures and positively impact lives. Through your love, resilience, and inspiration, you bring hope, joy and promise to us all.
On this day, we salute mothers who unselfishly nurture children and families and give their time and guidance. Many mothers made an immeasurable impact on my life. From my mother Mama Hilary Blake, to my educators, to female activists I stand with throughout our collective movements, and my colleagues and staff that continue to push our community forward- I thank you for your never-ending devotion.
I would not be where I am today without Mama Hilary — the shero of my life. I carry the love, support, blessing and guidance she has provided me everywhere I go, each and every day.
From the mothers, grandmothers and godmothers who provided comfort following the Bronx Fires, to Lizette Ritz who came with her daughter Michaela to help us package items on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day after Hurricanes damaged the Caribbean- we say thank you.

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From the five Mother’s Day honorees who are engaged every day in positively transforming lives in the Bronx, to my Chief of Staff Sabrina Philson, who is a driving force for all the ongoing work we do in our Assembly District, we say thank you.
To the working mom who wakes up early, prepares meals, works exceptionally, serves in the community and does it all over again the next day — we say thank you!
Mothers often selflessly give of themselves to the world, and we acknowledge that sometimes they put their own emotional and physical well-being at risk. For that, I say thank you for staying resolute in your loving care of our children, our community, our nation, and our world. We must strive to provide support to mothers to ensure parents and families thrive. Mothers deserve maternity and paternity leave, equal pay, healthcare, affordable childcare, and other workplace protections. Everyone benefits when there is gender equity in our society.
To all of the women who shape our communities, your love and care make it possible for us to realize our dreams. Women, mothers, leaders and sheroes, thank you for being a shining beacon of light, encouraging us to better ourselves and work harder for the advancement of society at-large.
Mothers lift up communities in faith and love.
Twitter: @MrMikeBlake
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