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Healthier Communities State by State!

07/06/15
There are a number of interesting state bills cropping up across the country that MomsRising members who care about creating healthier communities should take note of. In New York , Assembly Bill 2320b is taking aim at sugar-sweetened beverages which will help consumers make healthier choices for families. The bill would require sugary beverages (like soda) sold in New York to feature a label informing consumers of the health risks associated with the beverages like obesity and diabetes. It will likely be taken up by the state senate next year. In North Carolina , House Bill 250 (Senate Bill...
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GOOOOOAL? Equal Pay!

07/06/15
A hat-trick!? In the World Cup!? In the first 16 minutes!? And then… a big win by the USA women’s team who made history by winning their third World Cup in front of a record-breaking audience of over 26 million people yesterday -- the largest TV audience for a soccer match EVER . WOW! But it’s not all wow. Sad but true: The Men’s World Cup payout was 40 TIMES higher than the total payout for the Women’s World Cup this year ($576 million vs. $15 million) . *Unfair pay is no game! Sign on to our open letter to the FIFA Executive Committee and Congress to say: It’s time to level the paying field...
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Young People... Preparing to Vote or Not to Vote?

07/03/15
I am 18 years old -- an age where the world seems to have decided that I should no longer be coddled under the domain of childhood. I feel as if I'm suffering from 'growing pains' now more than ever; last year at this time I was worrying about finding a date for prom, and now all of a sudden I worry about rent, tuition and the lack of social justice in the world. Becoming an adult means that life is no longer simple. 18 means responsibility; 18 means the future is coming; 18 means I can vote. I am now entitled to aid my fellow citizens in choosing the leaders who will hopefully effect change...
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Report Back: MomsRising Members Meet With Senator Heller's Staff

07/02/15
We had a GREAT meeting with MomsRising members and U.S. Senator Dean Heller​'s staff in Nevada to discuss working family tax issues, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)! Our members shared with Senator Heller's staff why these tax breaks help families make ends meet, including to help cover costs for a family's small business, for after school activities, and for due bills that they otherwise wouldn't be able to cover. The staff we met with was incredibly generous with their time and after we were done discussing the EITC/CTC, they wanted to know what...
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MomsRising Applauds Bree Newsome for Removing Confederate Flag at South Carolina Capitol Building

07/02/15
Over the weekend, an educator and activist named Bree Newsome scaled the 30ft flag pole at the South Carolina State Capitol Building and removed the confederate flag. MomsRising.org fully supports Bree’s actions and is joining the growing chorus of organizations to call for all charges against Ms. Newsome to be dropped immediately. Kristin Rowe-Finkberiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org issued the following statement in solidarity with Bree Newsome: “Over the weekend, Bree Newsome took bold action to expedite the process of removing the Confederate flag from public spaces...
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Breastfeeding: Here, There, Everywhere

07/02/15
This past Sunday I joined other dozens of mothers for San Diego Day to Normalize Breastfeeding at Kellogg Park in beautiful La Jolla. Yes, it’s the day to “normalize” breastfeeding, not to “protect” breastfeeding. I used to believe that breastfeeding is something that needs to be protected, until a recent trip to Taiwan. I called the island home for 20 years, but I have not visited the “home” for a long time. I was surprised by what I saw during this trip.
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Connecticut can lead the nation.

07/02/15
The numbers are shocking. Did you know the average 8-year old is drinking 64 ounces a week in sugary drinks that will—over the years—lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease? We need to do everything we can to reduce the amount of soda kids drink. Join us in calling on Governor Malloy to institute a sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Connecticut! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/connecticut-can-lead-nation-taxing-sugary-drinks/ By taxing sugary drinks, we’re promoting healthier choices as the better option. Sugar-sweetened beverages have been identified as the primary source of...
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Radio This Week: #BlackLivesMatter, #StandUpSpeakOut, #Cake!, #PaidFamilyLeave & #SickDays!

07/02/15
This show covers the horrible act of racist terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina and the Civil Rights Movement; tips for fighting racism; how to bake a great cake and build community at the same time; and victories with paid sick days, paid family leave, affordable healthcare coverage, and marriage equality. *Special guests include: Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network; Rinku Sen, Race Forward: Center for Racial Justice Innovation, and also Colorlines Magazine; Maryanne Tagney, Advocate, Activist,...
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Quick signature to help the uninsured in NC!

07/01/15
Woop! Woop! Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that eligible healthcare customers—including 450,000 North Carolinans—can continue to receive financial assistance in buying health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act. This is great news! While those North Carolinians can now breathe a sigh of relief, there are still 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians who are waiting on our state lawmakers to stop playing politics with their health coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, our state has the ability to extend health coverage to low-income, uninsured adults who can't afford the high...
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What do we do after antibiotics?

07/01/15
Science Writer Maryn McKenna gave an excellent TedTalk about the looming antibiotics crisis, how we got here and what comes next. This is what I learned.
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