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QUICK signature needed to protect overtime pay!

Moms and dads are working extra long hours this holiday season, and many of them are not being compensated for it. Clearly our overtime protection laws need some fixing! Sign our open letter to the Department of Labor asking Secretary Perez to strengthen overtime protections.
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Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

As 2014 draws to a close, I wanted to celebrate four great rainbows for justice who passed away this year but left us a much better people and nation. My brother-friend Dr. Vincent Harding , much loved historian, theologian, social justice activist, and visionary, never lost sight of the “beloved community” his friend and colleague Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed our nation and world could become. A close confidant of Dr. King, he helped draft several of Dr. King’s most important speeches, including the landmark 1967 antiwar sermon “Beyond Vietnam.” His books include the powerful essay...
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Gun Safety during the Holidays: Ask to keep your children safe!

A friend recently shared what happened last year during a holiday visit to her parents’ house. While looking for medicine to soothe a headache, she opened a drawer and found a loaded, unsecured gun. As the mother of two young children, she was shocked that her parents would have left a loaded gun in a drawer within reach of her curious children. It would be a tragedy for any family to experience an accidental injury or death due to an unsecured firearm this holiday season. But given the prevalence of unlocked guns in homes across the country—1.7 million homes have unlocked, loaded guns...
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What’s Fuglier than an Ugly Christmas Sweater?

Over the years, I’ve received a few ugly Christmas sweaters. My favorite was a bright red sweater with too many dancing reindeers that I received when I was about 10 years old. At the time, I didn’t know it was ugly. It had to be pointed out to me by a dear, older friend – she was 11 and I couldn’t refute her wisdom. Now, that the ugly Christmas sweater is fashionable, I’m feeling a bit lost. Does this mean that I was always fashionable and just didn’t know it? Or, that I was a trendsetter ahead of my time? And, most importantly, could I trust my instincts and answer the greatest question of...
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Say “No” to Holiday Stress

What’s the best holiday gift I have ever received? Not having to do the whole holiday thing. Really, I’m not a Scrooge. I love picking out the right gift for a person and watching them open it. Receiving gifts is fun, too. Oh, and let’s not forget all the homemade goodies. And decorating your home, both inside and out. And the many parties and family get-togethers. And the wonderful concerts and recitals that your family and friends invite you to attend. And the holiday cards with pictures of loved ones and maybe an annual newsletter. It’s all great, but it’s also just so, so stressful...
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Working in the Regenerative Economy

“If we want stronger communities and more fulfilling, connected lives, we’re going to have to build them – together.” – Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union
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Make storybook Christmas ornaments in 3 easy steps!

My favorite Christmas memory is from one of the toughest years of my adult life. When my husband and I moved into our apartment together, our first winter living away from home was the hardest. We were in a new city with no family or friends in the area, we rarely saw each other because he went to school in the morning while I worked nights, and we barely had enough money to cover our basic expenses. With all the change, I was adamant that we try to have sense of normalcy during the holidays—which included buying our first (small) Christmas tree! At first I figured we would make some paper...
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Seven Reasons Why #MomsLove MichelleObama!

There are so many legitimate reasons to #ThankMichelleObama, schools and the USDA this year! Here's a countdown of some of my favorites: 7. #MomsLoveMichelle for prioritizing kids’ health! One in three kids in the U.S. is at increased risk for nutrition-related diseases like Type II Diabetes. (1) If promoting healthy eating is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 6. #MomsLoveMichelle for supporting the charge to improve school meals and snacks! A new poll shows that 90 percent of Americans want K-12 schools to have a role in reducing obesity in their community. Am I in that group? YES I AM. (2) 5...
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10 Holiday Gifts That Support Paid Sick Days

Let the socially conscious online shopping at businesses that support paid sick days begin!
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Making Our Health Care System Work for Boys and Young Men of Color

This week the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Schol-Based Health Alliance released a new brief, Making the Health Home Model Work for Boys and Young Men of Color , to examine how we can tailor our health system to meet the needs of boys and young men of color. Imagine you’re a young African American man living in Oakland. Depending on where you live, you might face multiple challenges every day that impact your quality of life. You might wake up to gun shots or violence in your neighborhood. You might walk to school over broken or nonexistent sidewalks. You...
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