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National Paid Family Leave: 2016 Needs a Champion

LOS ANGELES (WOMENSENEWS)--In 2016, the United States deserves a presidential candidate who will make paid family leave a priority on the campaign platform. That candidate can take over from President Barack Obama who advocated for paid family leave in this year's State of the Union speech. "Today, we're the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers," Obama said. "Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave. Forty-three million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between...
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Health is an LGBT equality issue.

Health is an LGBT equality issue. It's not quite as sexy of an issue as marriage equality or nondiscrimination—although it does overlap—and it is just as important. People in our LGBT community are more likely to be uninsured and in 2013, 1 in 3 low- and middle-income LGBT people were uninsured—which is incredibly high! There are a number of reasons for this, but some of the big ones are: Most people get their health insurance through their job, but many employers haven't extended benefits like health insurance to recognize LGBT families. Also, our community is more likely to be low-income...
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Hattiesburg Mayor DuPree and City Council members are working to decrease the number of uninsured children in Mississippi!

Great news! Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and City Council members, Kim Bradley, Deborah Delgado, Carter Carroll, Mary Dryden, and Henry Naylor, are going the extra mile to make sure kids in Mississippi have the health coverage they need! Hattiesburg was awarded a grant through the National League of Cities to fund the E³ Health Initiative. This grant enrolls eligible families in low-cost health coverage available through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It’s important that Mississippians throughout the state show support for Hattiesburg's leadership so we can...
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Join MomsRising at the Dallas City Council Chambers on April 8th!

Please join MomsRising volunteers and staff on April 8th, 2015; 10:30 am at the City Council Meeting to thank Mayor Rawlings for his work to improve children's health in Dallas! MomsRising and our partners at Healthy Children in a Healthy Environment are coming together to personally deliver the giant “Thank You!” card MomsRising members signed to thank Mayor Rawling for his work (and the work of other local leaders) to decrease the number of uninsured children in the city, and to ask them to continue their work to improve children's health in Dallas. Here is what you need to know about this...
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Good Food Force Update: Junk food marketing to kids, April Fools' Day ideas & more!

Greetings! This week we're talking about junk food marketing to kids, updates to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and fun ways to celebrate April Fools' Day with the family! Please enjoy and share! 1. HOT LINE Experts agree: protect ALL kids from junk food marketing! Recent voluntary efforts by food and beverage companies have resulted in the first-ever declines in unhealthy food marketing to children. Still, kids are exposed to too much marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages! Join us in telling the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative to encourage its member...
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Families Need Stronger Protection Against Superbugs

Last year, President Obama formed the 'National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria' to put together a 5-year plan to prevent what many experts see as the public health crisis of our time: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Its members released their plan this morning. It isn't bad, but it also doesn't address one of the major contributors to the growth and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria--or the sicknesses and deaths they cause. This a big deal. Here's what you need to know: The Plan proposed today by the National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria does not ask for cuts...
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Time for Justice for Children in New York

Co-written by Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-New York Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as seven can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult. These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile jurisdiction for little children who are barely old enough to shed their baby teeth and still believe in the tooth fairy. And they are expected to have the cognitive development necessary to participate in and...
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A Mother Whose Son Was Shot By Police 50 Times Needs Our Help!

Mothers in New York State are asking for our help. A group of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality, dating back to 1994, have come together to urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for police brutality cases . Right now, through executive order, Governor Cuomo can make a difference. Join us in supporting these moms in their fight for justice: These moms are not alone. Shortly after the news that there would be no state indictment for the officers who killed Eric Garner, NYS Attorney General Schneiderman asked...
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When Mealtime is a Battleground

While many of us know how difficult motherhood can be, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of time and energy that goes into meal-planning for a growing child, a decision-making process that begins with breastfeeding and doesn’t stop there. Regardless of whether you are pregnant or the mother of an infant or young child, there are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to your child’s diet, and it can be tricky to sift through the opinions and wealth of available information to know what’s best. As your children grow, you may face tough judgment calls such as preparing a healthy and...
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Moms Tell Their Stories About Medicaid

Read these moms' stories on how their families rely on Medicaid....and then take action to protect this important healthcare.
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