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On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington – It’s Time for All of Us to Keep Marching

August 28, 2013
This week marks the 50thanniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when hundreds of thousands of people mobilized for equality, jobs and freedom. The monumental event and the organizing that preceded and followed it helped lead to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act - legislation that helped reshape our country and the economy. But in the words of Dr. King on that historic day, ‘1963 is not the end, but a beginning.’ Enormous strides have been made as a result of the civil rights movement. We saw the end of Jim Crow. We’ve seen African-Americans,...
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What About Trayvon Martin's, Oscar Grant's and Marissa Alexander's Civil Rights?

August 27, 2013
According to Wikitionary, "civil rights" are personal liberties established by the 13th and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Our quest for civil rights started as a movement that began in the 1900s, which was primarily led by blacks in an effort to establish rights for individual black citizens. This process was long even though today some people still feel it is inconsequential. Thus, we continue our pursuit for justice and freedom. The civil rights movement cost a lot of lives, a lot of hardship, and a lot of grief. I understand that this movement, to some degree, has improved the...
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Just jobs?

August 27, 2013
On August 29th, in honor and in continuation of the March on Washington 50 years ago, I will join friends, family, and my community on a march for good jobs . The march is organized by low wage fast food and retail workers, under the banner of 'fight for 15' who are demanding a living wage and jobs with justice. Much of my work at MomsRising centers around the state of jobs in this country -- specifically on workplace protections like paid sick days, paid family leave, and fair pay. Consistently, people of color bear the largest burden when it comes to companies withholding these basic...
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The Social Justice Movement Emerging in North Carolina

August 27, 2013
The kids were sitting “crisscross apple sauce” and waiting for story time to begin. Almost a thousand people gathered in Durham, North Carolina to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday -- a sea of black, brown, and white faces looking expectantly at the stage. And when Ms. Virginia Williams stepped up to speak, she took all of us -- children, college students, parents, and grandparents alike -- back in time with her to Durham in the hot summer of 1957 when she and six other young people staged a sit-in at the Royal Ice Cream Parlor. It was an effort that led to the first court case testing the...
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Mother, May I….go to work?

August 24, 2013
Every Augu st, Washington seems to empty out, and you can do the unthinkable - drive from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes flat. It takes longer to shop at the farmers’ market, selecting from the cornucopia of seasonal produce, than it does to get through the morning paper, skimpy without the political coverage. Happily, though, articles about mothers continue to appear, as our growing national conversation about public policy and private life advances. Two articles appeared within a single news cycle about women in the work force and child care from two totally different vantage...
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Friday #FairPay Fun

August 16, 2013
I LOVE it when my campaign issues come up in pop culture - and this week has been a banner week for Fair Pay references. So I had to share! First there is this snippet from Conan O'Brien's August 15th show (find this image and more here ). And then the Internet gave us this amazing video: Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!
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To Support Breastfeeding, Paid Family and Medical Leave is Crucial

August 15, 2013
Having the time to bond with a new baby is crucial for many reasons. One reason why those first weeks after a baby is born are so vital is the importance of the breastfeeding relationship. However, for many mothers, that relationship is soon disrupted – as many as a quarter of mothers return to work less than 10 days after the birth of their child, and half are back at work within 40 days . Breastfeeding can and does continue once women return to work – the new federal healthcare law is helping to ensure that employers provide the accommodations that breastfeeding moms need. But to get off to...
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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

August 13, 2013
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses. Congresswoman Velazquez is certainly an example of women succeeding; she is one of the few women (and the first Latina) to chair a full committee in the House. Velasquez is the ranking Democrat on the House Small Business Committee, which represents a community not always associated with support for policies like...
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What You May Not Expect When You’re Expecting

August 12, 2013
Co-written with Katherine Ullman. So you or your partner is pregnant. There are plenty of important decisions to consider: what will be the little one’s name? Will you share the name with friends and family or keep it a secret? What about gender? Do you want to know? Do you want others to know? Will the baby take your last name, your partner’s or something in between? As exciting as these considerations may be, they often distract from the more daunting task of navigating the workplace while expecting: sad to say, this is the dark underbelly of pregnancy in the United States. What you may not...
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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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