I've had the pleasure of getting to know Sumer this past year through SEIU. I'm also a homecare worker of more than twenty years, an advocate, and a parent of five, one of whom has disabilities.
I was one of the protesters arrested with Sumer. Unfortunately, her situation isn't unique. It's far to common.
A large percentage of homecare workers rely on state assistance to get by. Food stamps, medical assistance, housing subsidies and regular trips to local food banks are the only way we can make ends meet.
The irony of the situation is, we save the state millions of dollars every year by keeping people in their homes and communities, where they want and deserve to be, and out of institutions.