By Sarah M. Vasquez
“There’s no denying that women are on fire and they are the ones that are powering the resistance,” said Jess Morales Rocketto.
That resistance motivated by President Donald Trump’s administration has sparked protests and marches with women leading on the front lines. Women continue to vote at a higher rate than men, and 127 women were elected into Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. “Women are trying to make things better and we want to bring that to our government as well,” said Morales Rocketto.
People have felt that there has been much progress for women, but there is still a long ways to go. With that in mind, Morales Rocketto developed an idea with her bosses at the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), Executive Director Al-Jean Poo, and Strategy and partnership director Alicia Garza, that asked themselves how they could harness that energy and power to bring long-term systematic change. They brought in Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Deidre Schifeling, Senior adviser for Planned Parenthood Action Fund for the organization’s big infrastructure. The group spent two years developing an organization called Supermajority.
Supermajority’s goal is to form a nationwide community of women to politically transform the country.
Some of the ways in which they will accomplish this is to provide tools, resources and knowledge, an online community and on-the-ground training. They welcome everyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, immigration status, religion, age, gender or gender identity. To start, the plan is to hit the road this summer to meet with women from all walks of life offline and online to develop an agenda with what women care about as well as collect ideas on how they can build that together. “Whenever you put an idea out in the world, you never know how [people] will respond,” said Morales Rocketto.
The response since Supermajority’s debut on April 29, 2019, has been overwhelming. According to the organization’s Facebook page, tens of thousands of people submitted member profiles on the website. That shows Morales Rocketto that Supermajority speaks to a hunger from women who want to build power as women together. “It’s so beautiful to share with people that this really resonates with them,” said Morales Rocketto.
Most of the press about Supermajority features Richards, Garza, and Poo as the public faces, and Morales Rocketto acknowledges her role is more behind the scenes. She’s more focused on the idea and making sure that it’s really moving forward. “I feel like that big stuff like this takes a lot of people to make happen. For better or for worse, I’m not focused on being out front for it,” said Morales Rocketto.
Morales Rocketto has always been focused on how to make the world a better place.
In addition to Supermajority and her role as Political Director at NDWA, Morales Rocketto is also the Executive Director of Care in Action and Chair for Families Belong Together. To mark a year since the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, where immigrant families were intentionally separated at the border even when seeking legal asylum claims, Families Belong Together installed statues by artist Paola Martinez of a child standing in a cage reaching out to his mother who is standing on the other side reaching out to him. The installation sits in front of the U.S. Capitol as a reminder of the migrant children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border.
Growing up, Morales Rocketto’s parents always knew she was political. She was obsessed with reading about the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust. For her, her work is more of a calling. She thinks she would do this even if they didn’t pay her, but she feels lucky that this is her job. “I am lucky,” said Morales Rocketto. “I think a lot of people want really fulfilling work and I have fulfilling work, but I feel a lot of responsibility to do that work well.”
She also feels a lot of privilege with where she is now. She came from a normal working-class family and was able to attend college. While her Latino parents are Catholic and conservative, they raised her with the American notion that you can be anything you want to be if you work really hard. They talked a lot about her obligation to the community to be a good person. That always stuck with her.
“I think that all that together made me know that I can do anything and that I have a real responsibility to leave the world better than I found it, said Morales Rocketto.
She’s asked a lot about self-care and rejects it because there’s too much emphasis on what she thinks is a superficial way of caring for yourself. She does her work with love and intention, and it never feels like a burden to her. “I’m not concerned with me,” said Morales Rocketto. “I’m really concerned with the world, and harnessing people’s energy and fighting back against people’s suffering.”