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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due for New Policies

Why does my inbox have messages saying that Maine’s new law against shackling pregnant women is an “accidental win”? True, the governor of Maine let this and a number of other progressive bills become law without his signature, and then claimed to have vetoed them . But if activists hadn’t run such an effective campaign to win hearts and minds in the legislature, the governor wouldn’t have had the bill on his desk in the first place. Read my take over at RH Reality Check on the crucial role of advocacy in winning positive change. In addition to outlawing shackling , the other new laws in...
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Coca-Cola deal with Monster Energy bad for children

A recent deal between Coca-Cola and Monster Energy reinforces some common challenges that parents face every day: How do we protect our children from companies that spend so much time coming up with new ways to sell things to our children? How do we keep our children healthy when billions are spent every year marketing junk food to them? We must take action when we become aware of new threats to our children’s health. Case in point: the Coke Monster. Coca-Cola just purchased a 17% stake in Monster Energy for $2.15 billion dollars. This deal comes at a time when sales of traditional soft...
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What's up with the 'DARK Act'?

There are two names for H.R. 1599 : The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 and the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. There’s no doubt in my mind which is the more accurate. The proposed law would do nothing to make our food safer and would prevent families from getting more accurate information—leaving us effectively in the dark about our food. Critics of GMOs have a long list of concerns. Some seeds have been bred to resist an herbicide that the World Health Organization recently deemed a “probable carcinogen”; such crops have helped support the rise of environmentally-...
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MN at one end, MS at the other: See How Your State Ranks for Child Well-Being

The new 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E Casey Foundation assesses child well-being in the states. See how your state ranks.
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#Radio: "We Do Not Live Single Issue Lives"

"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." -- Audre Lorde Great ‪#‎radio‬ conversation this week that covered multiple overlapping issues from making sure everyone gets the overtime pay they deserve to raising the minimum wage; from ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ and pay equity to childcare; from education, immigration and to even Trump with spectacular guests, including: U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez , Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever , Education Secretary Arne Duncan , and Elisa Batista of . LISTEN: In the DC-area and on many stations...
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“I’m going to light you up!”

Sandra Bland shouldn’t be dead. No mother should have to fear a loved one is harmed at the hands of those charged with protection. The pattern of racial profiling and police brutality in our nation must end. * Join us in calling for Attorney General Lynch to investigate the death of Sandra Bland and to prosecute those who played a role in her death: Here’s a summary of what happened to Sandra Bland according to the police transcript: On Friday, July 10, Sandra Bland, a Black woman, was driving on her way to start her new life working in...
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Lying to My Daughter

My daughter has feared police for a long time. Every time a cop would drive past or pull alongside us at a stop light she would get panicky. I would shake my head and dismissively ask her what was wrong. Her response was always that the police scared her; mine was that she was doing nothing wrong so she had nothing to fear. In our family, like many other Black families, we spent more time talking to our son about what he should and should not do when stopped by a police officer (he never listened but that is an entirely different blog post). It never crossed our mind's that our well-behaved,...
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Lean on and Lead! An interview with Hawaii's Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii’s Representative Beth Fukumoto was elected to the Hawaii State House at the age of twenty-nine in 2012, and was immediately selected by her Republican colleagues to be House Minority Floor Leader. In 2013, she was listed as one of "Nine Women Remaking the Right” by the Daily Beast . In 2014, I interviewed Rep. Fukumoto for my interactive iBook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy , which features diverse personal interviews with women and parents. While Rep. Fukumoto expressed concerns about policies that might negatively impact businesses, her vote in...
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Demand an Apology from Donald Trump!

On June 16th, Donald Trump said the following hurtful, harmful, and completely inaccurate statement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…they’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…” [1] Trump couldn’t be more wrong: Studies show that immigrants are actually LESS likely to commit crimes and also that immigration and crime rates aren’t linked at all. [2] His hateful statement was both inaccurate AND harmful. When my 12 year-old son heard Trump's hateful comments about Mexican immigrants on TV, he...
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How Having a Daughter Made Me More of a Feminist

We want better for our children than we had for ourselves. I want my daughter to grow up seeing female thought leaders as part of the dialogue, so that she knows to aspire. We need her generation to be seeing women in the public sphere — as lawmakers, professors, scientists, and writers — so that they know the possibilities. Let’s make sure that women are an equal part of leading this country if only to make it obvious to little girls that they can lead, too.
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