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Creating Opportunity Starts with Children

January 20, 2012
As this election year continues to unfold, we’ll hear more and more about jobs, creating opportunity and the future of the nation. Children, too, must be part of that dialogue. Thursday afternoon, I participated in the MomsRising live Tweet Chat with the White House on Unemployment Insurance and the Administration’s priorities for families for 2012. Unemployment was front and center because on Feb. 28, federally-funded unemployment benefits will expire for millions of long-term unemployed workers still trying to find jobs in this difficult economy. Struggling families need the benefit of...
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6 Health Care Stories to Watch Out For

January 18, 2012
What will the big stories be for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2012? Access, affordability and quality win the day. The ACA year opens with a scintillating GOP primary and election year intrigue; and the Supreme Court hears arguments on the “individual responsibility” requirement and the constitutionality of the Act. Don't forget what the Affordable Care Act means for women: * Free preventative screenings like mammograms * Your children cannot be denied for a pre-existing medical condition - a new benefit already in place right now * The end of higher medical insurance costs just because...

Digital Bootstraps for Analog Problems -- A Reply to Forbes Columnist Gene Marks' "If I Were A Poor Black Kid"

December 22, 2011
A truly clueless if well-intentioned column by Gene Marks titled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” in Forbes magazine is getting righteously ripped from journalists all around the web . They’re correctly pointing out how bereft Marks’ column is of history, research, practical awareness, racial sensitivity, or the sheer realities of hunger or even homelessness that low-income children face. Marks seems to suggest that kids from impoverished backgrounds – all too many of whom are African American – can simply access computers and lift themselves up by their digital bootstraps to use free websites...
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Why I'm (Pre)Occupied with Miley Cyrus: Does Hannah Montana Still Matter?

December 6, 2011
It's been easy for people worried about the sexualization of little girls to feel unambivalently distressed about Miley Cyrus as Disney's Hannah Montana. But how should we feel about her now that she's made this great music video about Occupy protests around the world?
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Child Care is Unskilled Labor?

November 30, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Kelly Coyle DiNorcia is the author of this post. Her bio is here with another piece she wrote several weeks ago. In the car the other day, I was listening to NPR. Brian Lehrer was interviewing Robert Guest, the global business editor of The Economist and author of the new book, Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism . Here is a quote from Mr. Guest that has been sticking in my mind, and I’m hoping that the smart and savvy...
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Tell the super committee: Protect investments in America's children

November 17, 2011
“Think of the debt we’re leaving the next generation,” deficit hawks will often remark. Yet sometimes the cuts they propose are our most important investments in the next generation. We need to make sure that when we balance the budget, we're not leaving behind a different kind of a debt: a human deficit. Next week the congressional “super committee” faces a deadline to reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion. This is a critical time to tell Congress to protect the programs that protect kids. Everything from Pell Grants to food stamps could be affected unless we act. You can use our new...
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It's time for America's 99 percent to weigh in!

November 16, 2011
You've got to give them credit. They've got a lot of nerve. Unbelievably, details are surfacing about a plan proposed by Senator Toomey (R-PA) and some of his colleagues on the Congressional “Super Committee” that would actually REDUCE tax rates for millionaires while cutting essential services for children, youth, and the elderly. In fact, Senator Toomey's proposal would cut estate taxes for the very wealthy by $1 million dollars a piece below 2009 levels for the wealthiest one-quarter of 1 percent of Americans; and RAISE taxes for people with incomes of less than $200,000. [1] What!? That's...
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Too Small to Fail

November 9, 2011
Parents are accompanying their children to public protests taking place around the nation. Children are welcome there. Oh were it so in every area of public life. Children are welcomed as important members of the community with child safe zones, play areas, and in one case, even a stroller brigade. What is so difficult about having work that pays a living wage, health care that is affordable and providing our children with quality early education. The numbers are dismal in our State of California. We have received among the lowest grades in the country for meeting the basic needs of our...
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Survey Shows Sexual Harassment in School Is All Too Common

November 8, 2011
By Ariela Migdal, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project According to a new study , sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual touching and sexual coercion as well as milder behaviors, is a regular feature of going to school for a significant number of American middle- and high-school students. The American Association of University Women released a study yesterday, surveying nearly 2000 students in grades 7 through 12. According to the study, girls reported being harassed more than boys, and harassment affected girls more negatively than boys. Of great concern, 13% of girls...
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Why It’s Crucial to Keep Immigrant Families Together

November 7, 2011
When I was about three years old, I observed something that formed one of my earliest memories. Sitting outside of my mother’s family home in Calcutta at twilight, I saw a man on the street walking very fast with a toddler in his arms. I think it was a boy. A few steps behind them was a woman, running to keep up and begging, “please, please, don’t take my baby.” The child stretched his arms in her direction, wailing. She was clearly the mother, but the man could have been father, uncle, landlord, pimp, anyone. I’ve been thinking about that incident almost daily as we’ve prepared to release...
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