November 20, 2014In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month in November, the broad-based coalition of organizations pushing for the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act are rallying online to call attention to family caregivers’ need for supportive workplace polices like the national paid family and medical leave program the FAMILY Act would establish. The effort is being hosted by Family Values @ Work, MomsRising and the National Partnership for Women and Families.
November 20, 2014In the spring of 2006, I received two phone calls while away from home at a conference. The first call informed me that my mother of 92 years would require a second amputation. The second call informed me that my younger son, a senior in high school, had been diagnosed with non-hodgkin’s lymphoma…cancer.
November 20, 2014I am a woman of many skills and trades — I have been a school teacher, and served on the board of my school district’s union. I am a board member of 9to5 Atlanta. I am a Reverend, and like the Apostle Paul, who was a tentmaker to supplement his ministry income, nine years ago the Lord placed me in a job as a home caregiver. I was in total shock when I found out that, in such an important role as caregiver, I would only be making minimum wage, and receive no benefits.
November 20, 2014There’s an old saying: “For want of a nail, a shoe was lost, For want of a shoe, a horse was lost, For want of a horse, a battle was lost, For want of a battle, a kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” One small thing can lead to big consequences.
November 19, 2014By Amelia Bell On Behalf of the Women’s Refugee Commission In September, I had the opportunity to observe immigration court proceedings for asylum seekers detained in the family detention facility in Artesia, New Mexico.
November 18, 2014The above photos say it all. The jovialness, the going back and forth between Spanish and English, the food and the conversations (more on that below) all remind me of...home. No matter the language you speak or how passionate you are on a topic, you are always welcomed home like familia.
November 14, 2014Lecia Imbery wrote this (she's the Coalition on Human Needs' Senior Policy Writer). Pretty interesting, and as a mom and grandma, I think it makes a whole lot of sense. To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The ability of our children to enter and navigate paths to success has implications for all of us. The 17 million young children in low-income families today will become tomorrow’s parents, employees and leaders. Earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released their new KIDS COUNT policy report...