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Diverse Children: Improving Outcomes for America’s Non-Majority Child Population

August 2, 2013
This week First Focus and the Foundation for Child Development hosted a congressional briefing in cooperation with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus focused on improving outcomes for America’s increasingly diverse children child population. The briefing focused on the Foundation for Child Development’s new report Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation . This report comes out at a critical time. The demographics the U.S...
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Moms, let's talk about health care

July 27, 2013
My name is Angela Warren and I am an uninsured mother of four in Arizona. I had worked full-time since I was 15, but that changed after the birth of my 4th child at 34. For years I went to work at 4:30 AM and was able to provide quality health insurance for my children. I had great coverage as a Manager at Starbucks and didn’t know what uninsured parents in the United States were going through, until I became one myself. After my youngest child was born, I became a full time stay at home mother, and we were able to receive coverage from my husband's employer. This worked for some time, but my...
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Urge Congress NOT to raise taxes on families!

July 22, 2013
In 2009, after taking care of my newborn full-time while he was going through chemotherapy, all of our life savings had been spent. Tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) enabled us to--just barely--keep our heads above water by decreasing our tax burden while we were going through hard times. This isn’t just my story alone: More than 27 million families (and the local economies where they live) across the country have benefited from the EITC. In fact, for every $1 provided by the EITC, it is estimated that $1.50 ends up being spent locally , which...
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"My STRAIGHT Son Was Repeatedly Denied Promotions For 'Being Gay'"

July 18, 2013
I love my son. Like any mother, I would do anything for him -- anything to make sure that he can live up to his potential and fulfill all of his dreams. That's why I was completely stunned when my son -- my straight son -- was refused promotions at work for being gay. I grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio where everyone looked like me. There was zero diversity in my early childhood. As I moved into junior high, I began hearing words like "sissy," and "dyke"...all describing people I considered friends. After my first year of college, my friend Michelle was the first person who came...
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Tough Choices for Momepreneurs: Combating the Health Insurance Barrier

July 17, 2013
I am an entrepreneur, a momepreneur, to be exact. I was working full-time at a university writing center when I had my second child at the age of 41. It became clear to me that working full time was too much of a strain on my family. I decided to move down from full-time to part-time employment, but instead of improving things, the stress of doing a full time job in part time hours was too much. It was evident to me then that if I was going to be healthy and happy, I needed to make a change—and that change meant starting my own business. The flexibility of being an entrepreneur allows me to...
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Equal Pay for Equal Work

July 11, 2013
Lucy Marsh has been a full professor at the University of Denver School of Law since 1982. She started teaching there in 1973. By all accounts, she is a well respected, talented professor, good at her job and involved in the community. By my account she is one of the few female professors I had teach me in law school. And she is also the lowest paid professor on the faculty at the DU School of Law. Lucy Marsh is Lily Ledbetter . She represents all women, of all income levelsand backgrounds, with all types of families, who have worked hard their entire life, expecting equal pay for equal work...
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Reflections on being an at-home dad

July 10, 2013
Today's the last day of my paternity leave, so I wanted to reflect a bit on the experience. When I tell people I'm on a 4-month leave, the initial response is typically surprise that my company offers such a generous benefit. Facebook's paternity leave policy is unusual, but I hope it becomes less so. It's good for gender equality in the workplace and it's good for families with fathers. That's typically followed by surprise that I'm actually taking it -- why would I want to subject myself to that torture (from parents), why would I want to sit around and do nothing for 4 months (from non-...
Tom Stocky's picture at Netroots Nation -- Pics and Audio Included! #nn13

June 28, 2013
The staff members who attended Netroots Nation from left to right: Angélique Roché, dream hampton, Elisa Batista, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Karen Showalter, and Anita Sarah Jackson SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Six staff members were in San Jose, California last week to partake in a series of activities at the Netroots Nation activism conference. It's a place where grassroots and Internet activists can swap ideas on issues and best practices. What was especially exciting for us is that our issues -- namely, family economic security -- were front and center at the conference...
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A Tip of the Hat for Congress Members Who Support Immigration Reform That Is Fair and Inclusive of Immigrant Women and Families

June 25, 2013
Photo below: The MomsRising members, bloggers and children who turned out in D.C. last week to let Congress know that we support immigration reform that is fair and inclusive of immigrant women and families. Two-thirds of all immigrants are women and children. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Last Tuesday, June 18th, joined the We Belong Together women's coalition to advocate for immigration reform that is fair and inclusive of women and families. About 100 of us flew in from all parts of the country, organized ourselves according to state, and spent the day visiting our Members of Congress...
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Member Voices: Sexism's stamina is actually not so puzzling.

June 25, 2013
Ed.: MomsRising member and blogger Dasa Kelly responds to a recent op/ed in the New York Times about the stamina of sexism in our culture. Oh, where to begin. What this , Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Anne Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic piece , and others fail to mention in the ongoing debate on women in the workforce and - more broadly, what these trends say about sexism in our society - is how women get to Congress or the boardroom in the first place. Where is talk of paid maternity leave , school schedules that are currently based on an agrarian calendar and that require $$ camps/$$aftercare/trying...
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