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President Obama Acts to Right Wrongs That Affront Our Ideals

November 24, 2014
I was at a rally in front of the White House on Friday organized by Casa de Maryland in which we chanted "We've got your back!" As a mom and grandma, I believe it's really important to support the President's actions to give temporary legal status to parents of citizen or legal resident children. This action will keep parents and children together. I hope you'll join in showing your support by sending emails to the President and your Rep and Senators, by clicking here: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/125/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=1... We have to show how many people believe the...
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Will Louisville Be Next to Raise the Minimum Wage?

November 24, 2014
This post, authored by Councilwoman Scott , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . A minimum wage increase will help families gain economic security, ensuring minimum wage is no longer a poverty wage . 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 ! Linda lives at a local shelter with two children. She works full-time in the health care industry and earns $8 per hour, resulting in a yearly income of $16,640 before taxes. Even in the...
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One of the Most Important Civil and Human Rights Battles of Our Time

November 24, 2014
This post, authored by Jonathan Rapping, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . Mass incarceration and resulting criminal records undermine family economic security. 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 ! Criminal justice systems across the country have come to accept, and perpetuate, a shameful standard of justice for poor people. The basic humanity of the indigent accused is too often denied, and the democratic necessity of...
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Support Walmart Workers

November 24, 2014
Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families.
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'Poor Gays'

November 21, 2014
This post, authored by Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality. 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 ! “Poor gays!” No, that’s not a statement of sympathy for a discriminated minority – but rather a subsection of that minority which gets little notice. The intersection of LGBT people and poverty is a largely overlooked reality...
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Take a Selfie to Stand with Peggy Young!

November 20, 2014
Show your support for a brave mom, Peggy Young, who is taking her pregnancy discrimination case to the U.S. Supreme Court on December 3rd with this fun action! (Selfies involved).
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Showing Thanks for Family Caregivers This Month

November 20, 2014
It’s November – a month many associate with Thanksgiving, the day next week when families and friends across the country will come together to celebrate the things they’re grateful for. But November is also National Family Caregivers Month, and tens of millions of women and men in this country who care for ill or older adults and children with special health needs are struggling because our nation’s workplace policies fail to show them the appreciation they deserve. At least 43.5 million Americans serve as caregivers for adults over 50 in the United States, and most of them are women. Most...
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Many Paths to Succeed

November 19, 2014
For a long time, we’ve assumed there was one path to success for America’s kids: College prep courses in high school followed by four or more years of a college education. But that formula leaves a lot of people out...
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Fist Bump for Paid Sick Days!

November 17, 2014
It's time for a celebratory fist bump! Paid sick days WON BIG at the polls on Election Day. Now, it’s time for the next step: Taking paid sick days to Congress. This is a boost for families, our economy, and... our leaders.
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Three Steps to a Two-Generation Approach

November 14, 2014
Lecia Imbery wrote this (she's the Coalition on Human Needs' Senior Policy Writer). Pretty interesting, and as a mom and grandma, I think it makes a whole lot of sense. To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The ability of our children to enter and navigate paths to success has implications for all of us. The 17 million young children in low-income families today will become tomorrow’s parents, employees and leaders. Earlier this week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released their new KIDS COUNT policy report...
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