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Speaking out as a working father

November 13, 2014
We don't do nearly enough in this country to help working families balance all the competing demands on their time. It's as shocking to me as it is to you that we're the only industrialized country without paid family leave. I was just in Germany where I met a young American working for an IT company there -- he doesn't want to return to the U.S. because he and his wife have started a family and they need the paid leave.
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Banking on Health: Improving the Inventory at Food Banks

November 13, 2014
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits,” explained Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964. Fast-forward to today, and for too many families, the idea of having three meals a day remains an audacious, out-of-reach goal.
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Raising the Minimum Wage and Affordable Child Care Go Hand in Hand

November 13, 2014
This post, authored by Traci Donnelly, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . A minimum wage increase will not help families exit poverty by itself – we need other work supports that ease the economic strain on families. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! A few years ago, a young man named Israel and his wife enrolled their daughter in one of our Early Head Start programs. Israel, the son of Mexican immigrants, worked long...
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Support MilFams! Speak out for more money in the pockets of military moms and dads

November 11, 2014
As a veteran and a mom, I know first hand that military families so appreciate and need the support of our communities and government. This Veterans Day, please join me in taking action to express your strong support for two critical tax programs that help 1 in 4 current and former armed forces families make ends meet and avoid falling into poverty.
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The Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at a 15 Year Low

November 4, 2014
The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 15-year low, according to CLASPanalysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of the families who receive benefits living below the poverty level.
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Pledge to Vote YES on Measure FF!

Oakland! Vote YES on Measure FF for Paid Sick Days

November 3, 2014
November 4th, Election Day, is your chance to make sure earned sick days AND raising the minimum wage win big in Oakland!
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Pledge to Vote YES on 4!

Massachusetts! Vote YES on Question 4 for Paid Sick Days

November 3, 2014
November 4th, Election Day, is your chance to make sure earned sick days win big in Massachusetts!
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How Voter ID Laws Affect Women of Color

November 3, 2014
This post, authored by Tracy Sturdivant , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . Voter-id laws systematically undermine constitutional rights of women of color. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Headlines are telling a bleak story this election season, particularly for women of color. Fast food and home care workers—the vast majority of them minority women who are living in poverty—have been striking for a living wage...
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Don't Forget to Vote Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Start Thinking About Running

November 2, 2014
With the General Election coming up in two days (Tuesday, mark your calendars!), articles, blog posts, emails, and tweets have been focusing on the importance of the female vote -- as both key to particular candidates securing elections, and also as a way for women and parents to ensure that issues related to support of the family, gender equity, and the day-to-day living economy get the attention they deserve. There's no question that the female vote determines elections. Since 1964 , the number of female voters has exceeded the number of male voters in every presidential race. And since...
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SNAP into Action: Celebrate 50 Years of Food Stamps Using #snap4SNAP

October 30, 2014
This post, authored by Kate Scully, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) boosts the food security of millions of Americans. TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Fifty years ago President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. The legislation made the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), permanent. SNAP has...
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