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Fact: The Child CARE Act Would Help Working Families Pay for Child Care

February 25, 2014
Fact: There are more households with working parents than ever before. Fewer than 1 in 3 children today have a full-time, stay-at-home parent . Fact: Child care is incredibly expensive—disproportionately so for low-income families. The average cost of full-time care ranges from $3,900 to $15,000 a year, depending on where the family lives, the type of care, and the age of the child. Low-income families who use paid child care spend over 32 percent of their income on child care every month [PDF] (five times the percentage that families living above 200% of the federal poverty level spend)...
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Latin@ Tech Visionaries Descend Upon South by Southwest

February 25, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- For the first time ever, a Latin@ Tech Pre-Conference bringing together social entrepreneurs and tech visionaries will precede the prestigious South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas next month. And MomsRising will be a part of it! I will present in a session on utilizing online tools for social good. As for the other sessions, which are spread out throughout the day, I am honored to be among this company: Ben Jealous , civil rights activist and former president of the NAACP; Maria Hinojosa -- pictured on right -- Executive Producer and Anchor of Latino USA...
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Michigan Marriage Case Focuses on Children

February 25, 2014
Today, a federal district court in Michigan begins hearing testimony challenging the state’s ban on allowing same-sex couples to marry. Opponents of marriage equality are, yet again, dragging out the same tired arguments and the same discredited “studies” that attempt to disprove what we all know to be fact – and what more than 30 years of research proves – that children raised by same-sex couples do just as well as kids raised by different-sex parents. While there are numerous marriage equality cases making their way through both state and federal courts across the country, DeBoer v Snyder...
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Leaning on Each Other to Lead: Parents have the skills and talents to create meaningful change together

February 23, 2014
Last November I uploaded my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, to the iBooks Store. In addition to the next-gen interactivity within the book, Apple allows authors to update publications, with readers automatically receiving free updates. So I designed a new cover (with the help of my artistic teenage son), cleaned up commas and clunky phrases, spruced up graphics, re-worked widgets, and added content. My 1.1 update went "live" yesterday. Lean On and Lead 1.0 already had twenty-four compelling interviews with working mothers and fathers that demonstrated...
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A Battle With Clutter: One Mother’s Exercise in Futility

February 18, 2014
When Malcolm and I moved into a 3-bedroom townhouse in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., it felt vast compared to our 900-square foot condo in the city. I actually uttered the words, “What are we going to do with all this space?” Stupid, stupid woman I think now of my younger self. It was August 2007 and I was pregnant with our first child. We had less than four months alone in the townhouse, along with a pug and an old black cat, before our son Luke and his giant baby trappings arrived and kicked off Project Clutter and Destroy. Within weeks of his arrival, our previously appropriately sized...
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Mothers of the Moment

February 18, 2014
We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women at a furious pace. Nancy Pelosi and Kirsten Gillibrand have been pushing their Women’s Economic Opportunity Agenda with legislation to promote pay equity, paid leave, paid sick days, accessible and affordable child care, and an end to discrimination against pregnant workers. Under the...
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Congress: Follow the President's Lead, #RaisetheWage

February 13, 2014
“In the wealthiest nation on earth nobody who works full time should have to live in poverty—nobody, not here in America.”- President Obama , yesterday as he signed an executive order that raises the minimum wage to $10.10 for all new federal contract workers. We agree! This is important because right now a full-time employee working at the federal minimum wage makes just $15,080 per year . Studies show that raising the federal minimum wage will boost both the economy and families, yet 28 million people in our nation have been stuck working at this too low minimum wage. It’s time for a change...
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Where is the love for #BlkBfing? Join the 2/12 chat!

February 8, 2014
The #BlkBfing chat is back on 2/12 at 7 PM ET with a powerful conversation on the hidden importance of support for successful breastfeeding from family support and nursing in stores to workplace pumping and family leave. The chat is hosted by MomsRising , , mater mea and Women's eNews . Our guests and co-sponsors include: Breastfeeding ROSE Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association HealthConnect One Mocha Manual They will address questions like, "What should a bfing woman know to prepare for returning to work or school?" and "What should a significant other know about sex during the...
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President Obama’s Vision for Early Learning Is Already a Reality in One Washington Community

February 7, 2014
This story is by Luba Bezborodnikova, executive director of Educare of Greater Seattle and Associate Superintendent for Early Learning at Puget Sound ESD. In the State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama called for high-quality child care and pre-kindergarten that prepares all children for school and life, one built upon the best research and run by highly-skilled educators. The president could have been describing a model program in Seattle’s backyard. In White Center we have run a cutting-edge early learning program, Educare of Seattle , for working poor families for...
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Marketplace coverage means peace of mind

February 7, 2014
The Health Insurance Marketplace is making it easier to find quality, affordable coverage. Millions of Americans are getting covered, many for the first time. More than 3 million have enrolled in private health insurance since October and 6.3 million were determined eligible for Medicaid or coverage in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) . And most people who apply will be eligible for help paying for health coverage. Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans can pay less than $100 per month for Marketplace coverage. Apply today for coverage that can start as soon as March 1st. Giving...
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