About a week ago, a company called TR Rose Associates sent me something I'd never gotten in the mail before: a comic book. It's called The Adventures of Carrie Giver and it's a fun, informative, magnificently illustrated piece of political advocacy. Carrie Giver = "caregiver", and the comic book campaign is a remarkably clever tool for drawing attention to the vital issue of uncompensated care-giving in this country. Here's the blurb:
TR Rose Associates, Inc. is unveiling America's first true female super-hero since Wonder Woman. Conceived for the Caregiver Credit Campaign, the new heroine will set the nation abuzz, challenging ideas about mothers and other caregivers in our political, social, and economic life. Our feminist career heroine will have politicians and hairdressers, women and girls, hardhats and female executives, right along with caregivers re-thinking personal and social policy, including Social Security. Carrie Giver will be kicking butt in the name of hundreds of millions of people, especially mothers, who give care to the young and old alike each and every day.
The goal of the Caregiver Credit Campaign is simple -- to get the already extant Child Tax Credit converted to a" Caregiver Tax Credit to cover care of adults and children: anyone who gives care to everyone who needs it in families of blood or choice." It's an admirable goal, and in a world where women are the primary uncompensated caregivers, it's a vital -- if oft-overlooked -- feminist issue. More on the strategy here.
You can buy the comic book for only $3.95 here. I learned more about care-giving and public policy in fifteen minutes reading the Adventures of Carrie Giver than I thought possible. The artwork is compelling, the "adventures" entertaining, the policy information provocative, challenging, and easily digestible. And lord knows, this issue matters more than the virtually any other, and it receives far too little attention.
Please consider buying the comic, visiting the Caregiver Credit Campaign website, and getting involved!