Erin Pittman is a founding member of Raising Our Future
Becoming a parent is one of the most universal, demographic-smashing moments a person can experience- in an instant, you have a new mission, do everything you can to lay the groundwork so your child can have a better life than you did. If a life of your hard work can make things even just a little bit easier on your kid, then thats what you’ll do.
On election night, I laid in bed, talking to my due-any-day-now baby girl about how different the world would be for her, than it was for me. I cried because I couldn’t believe how far we had come in my lifetime, and I couldn’t imagine how far we’d go in hers. I woke up and cried even harder, because I had no idea how I was going to explain to my sweet girl how we had failed her so badly.
I spent much of my maternity leave talking with friends in a parenting group online about what we could possibly do. We were making the calls to our representatives, writing letters, and marching in the streets, but we wanted to do more. We wanted to find a way to speak out for our children, their futures, and we wanted those voices to be heard.
We joined together to create Raising our Future PAC, a Political Action Committee dedicated to making a country we will be proud to raise our children in. We held a meeting, carefully scheduled around 4 timezones of parenting schedules. I propped my laptop next to my glider, settled in to nurse my brand new little girl, and we got to work figuring out what issues make the biggest difference to families like ours & how we could makes sure those issues were being fought for by the leaders who represent us.
My father recently passed away. Its hard to share, but the last conversation we had, was about his peace in knowing he succeeded as a parent. He laid the groundwork so that I could have a better life than he did. A life of hard work meant things were a little bit easier for me. I’ll be damned if I settle for anything less for my daughter.