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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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Help Moms Naomi Watts and Valerie Plame Wilson Say No to Nukes

November 2, 2011
Last week, I shared my passion for a world without nuclear weapons with you. It's truly heartening to know that other mothers also care deeply about not trading our children's futures for nuclear weapons. So today I'm sharing this video . Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson are both mothers and active supporters of Global Zero . They too are asking our leaders to cut nukes, not the things we really need -- like education. Like myself, or any mom, Naomi and Valerie want to make sure that children across the nation have access to the best education...

DIAPER Act- Practical Help for Families

November 1, 2011
Cross posted on Help A Mother Out titled New Haven: Precious Little People Diapers, diapers, diapers. Is my baby crying because his diaper is full? Are the diapers the right size? Do the diapers need washing? Do I have enough diapers to see my child through the day? Of course, I have a four-week-old baby, which accounts for my diaper preoccupation and the fact that I’m typing this one-handed while I cradle him with my other arm. For many families in America, the simple lack of a healthy change of diapers required by child care providers – and therefore access to child care – is yet another...

Same Gender Education a Gimmick

October 31, 2011
By Ronald E. Jackson, Executive Director, Citizens for Better Schools Here in Alabama and across the South, our public schools — and the children who attend them — are under continuous assault. Cuts in state funding, school closings and increases in school and class sizes are just some of the ways the quality of education for our youngsters is undercut. The fact that many of these decisions are made locally should not be misunderstood to mean they're made democratically. In reality, it's often the opposite: School officials agree on plans in private meetings, pre-meetings, and closed-door...
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How Much Do We Really Care for Children?

October 30, 2011
From Your (Wo)manInWashington blog MOTHERS changing the conversation @ www.MothersOughtToHaveEqualRights.org Last week’s policy briefings included one on the state of early education and child care programs in the U.S. The number of spots available across the country is nowhere near the number of children that need to be looked after while their parents are at work. For many families, if care can be located, it is hugely expensive. As a result, a vast number of children are left with unregulated or uncertified caregivers, making little more than minimum wage, with no access to paid sick leave...
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Halloween Costumes and Costume Helpers Round-Up

October 26, 2011
(This blog is a part of the MomsRising Early Learning Halloween Campaign. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood education is in their budgets. Visit our Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station and create a card complete with a costume of your choice; then send your unique message to your Congressperson! ) jet pack tutorial for a space man, astronaut, or futuristic costume Sewing in No Man's Land paper costume ideas Laugh Paint Create Jack Sparrow or pirate wig made from a t-...

No Sew Halloween Costume: Cone Head Zombie

October 26, 2011
(This blog is a part of the MomsRising Early Learning Halloween Campaign. Budget numbers are flying around like bats on Halloween night right now--and we need to make sure Congress understands how important early childhood education is in their budgets. Visit our Congressional-Halloween-Costume-Creation-Station and create a card complete with a costume of your choice; then send your unique message to your Congressperson!) My six year old, like most little boys, loves video games. One of the games that he likes to play on the computer is Plants vs Zombies, where you save your house from a...

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