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Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

December 19, 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, I wanted to celebrate four great rainbows for justice who passed away this year but left us a much better people and nation. My brother-friend Dr. Vincent Harding , much loved historian, theologian, social justice activist, and visionary, never lost sight of the “beloved community” his friend and colleague Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed our nation and world could become. A close confidant of Dr. King, he helped draft several of Dr. King’s most important speeches, including the landmark 1967 antiwar sermon “Beyond Vietnam.” His books include the powerful essay...
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QUICK signature needed to protect overtime pay!

December 19, 2014
Moms and dads are working extra long hours this holiday season, and many of them are not being compensated for it. Clearly our overtime protection laws need some fixing! Sign our open letter to the Department of Labor asking Secretary Perez to strengthen overtime protections.
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Make storybook Christmas ornaments in 3 easy steps!

December 18, 2014
My favorite Christmas memory is from one of the toughest years of my adult life. When my husband and I moved into our apartment together, our first winter living away from home was the hardest. We were in a new city with no family or friends in the area, we rarely saw each other because he went to school in the morning while I worked nights, and we barely had enough money to cover our basic expenses. With all the change, I was adamant that we try to have sense of normalcy during the holidays—which included buying our first (small) Christmas tree! At first I figured we would make some paper...
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Working in the Regenerative Economy

December 18, 2014
“If we want stronger communities and more fulfilling, connected lives, we’re going to have to build them – together.” – Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union
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Say “No” to Holiday Stress

December 18, 2014
What’s the best holiday gift I have ever received? Not having to do the whole holiday thing. Really, I’m not a Scrooge. I love picking out the right gift for a person and watching them open it. Receiving gifts is fun, too. Oh, and let’s not forget all the homemade goodies. And decorating your home, both inside and out. And the many parties and family get-togethers. And the wonderful concerts and recitals that your family and friends invite you to attend. And the holiday cards with pictures of loved ones and maybe an annual newsletter. It’s all great, but it’s also just so, so stressful...
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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

December 18, 2014
Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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We can no longer breathe.

December 15, 2014
*It's time to make our voices heard to advance police reform nationwide and to end racial profiling: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/justicebrowngarnerall/
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Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let’s Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health

December 12, 2014
The North Carolina NAACP and a coalition of organizations fighting for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina recently held a funeral procession to demonstrate the result of our governor’s decision not to expand the jointly funded federal and state health-care program for low-income residents. According to protesters, 2,800 state residents will die in 2014 because the state did not expand Medicaid under the health-care reform law. What was not made explicit at the demonstration, and at rallies that came before it, is the alarming infant mortality rate in the state, which can be seen as a direct...
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