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Wendy's, Soda, and Faith

January 26, 2015
So what does a soda in a kid's meal have to do with faith? Thanks to the powerful advocacy of MomsRising, Wendy's announced last week that soda would no longer be an option in the meals that it markets to children. This is good because sweetened drinks (like soda) are the largest source of added sugar in a child's diet. A 12oz soda typically has the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a fifth of teens drink the equivalent of an extra meal in sugar-sweetened beverages every day. But this move is also a powerful values statement from Wendy'...
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Reducing Ozone is a Matter of Life and Death

January 26, 2015
A Battle is Brewing Over EPA's Proposed Smog Standards
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REAL FOOD Money Saving Tips

January 25, 2015
Weekly I prepare real food meals for my family at least 6 nights of the week. I try to keep our weekly grocery bill at $150 which is very doable when following these tips. REAL FOOD Money Saving Tips Menu Plan – when making a menu plan you are not going into the grocery store and just picking up all sorts of foods off the shelves. When you menu plan you are only getting the foods you need for the week and are less likely to have foods go bad because you didn’t use them. Use Foods You Already Have – Before you begin menu planning look through your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you...
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Open letter, closed door in breastmilk bank controversy

January 23, 2015
For-profit corporation Medolac has announced the cessation of their plans to launch a Mothers Milk Co-op in Detroit, Michigan in response to breastfeeding activists’ demands for public accountability. As a Clinton Global Initiative to increase breastfeeding and economic empowerment in Detroit, Medolac announced its plans to establish a Mothers Milk Coop. Under its plan, the Co-op would pay mothers $1/ounce for their breastmilk, which would be sold to hospital NICUs for $7/ounce. Details of the proposed plan were made public in a New York Times Motherlode piece , which generated concern about...
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What does the employer mandate dispute have to do with moms?

January 23, 2015
A lot. A 2013 Pew Research study found that nearly half of all moms polled said, “that their ideal situation would be to work part time.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise. When you add a 40-hour workweek to the demands of being a primary caregiver, the dual (triple? quadruple?) roles can leave you exhausted. And the reality is that for many parents, a 40-hour workweek just isn’t a legitimate option. Some years ago I worked with an amazing mom who, because of the excellence of her work, was offered an increase in her hours by our company. But when asked, she told us she couldn’t work 40 hours...
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Affordable, high-quality childcare for all must be a priority

January 20, 2015
It’s imperative for Congress and the Obama administration to come up with a solution that provides our early childhood educators with living wages. At the same time, we need to give every child in America a strong start by ensuring they have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education and care.
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Your First Four Years in Pennsylvania Can Change Lives

January 20, 2015
I have spent the past year visiting and advocating for high quality pre-k classrooms in Pennsylvania. In the Fall as election day neared, I would ask the children what they thought it meant to be a "Governor of Pennsylvania". The conversations were so engaging I kept using the question as a conversation starter well after election day was over!
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Blog Carnival: A King's Work is Never Done - Continuing the legacy!

January 19, 2015
Today, January 19, 2015, we reflect on a hero for justice, a servant to all, and a giant among people. Dr. Martin Luther King lived and died guided by his passion for peace, truth, and equality. He and thousands of women and men of his generation led a movement that transformed the social and political landscape of the United States and arguably the world. Dr. King's work to undo centuries of racism, classism, and injustice was powerful and successful, but in many ways, that work is not yet done. How could it be? No one lifetime can break down generations of structural oppression, and yet, in...
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