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Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

February 6, 2015
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ His name is today.” - Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral The President’s budget released this week proposes billions in critical new federal investments for 2016 and beyond to improve the life chances of millions of poor children. It also would prevent more harmful budget...
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Happy Anniversary, FMLA!

February 5, 2015
Join us in wishing the Family and Medical Leave Act a happy 22nd anniversary! In this brief video , Carmen Berkley, director of the AFL-CIO Office of Civil, Human and Women's Rights, tells us why the FMLA is important and stresses the need for an additional paid sick leave law. Next week, the Senate will take up a bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) to allow millions of workers to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time they could use to care for themselves or a family member. Similar bills are being introduced by state lawmakers all across...
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Who Makes Our Food?

January 27, 2015
More than 100 years ago, after Upton Sinclair worked undercover in Chicago meatpacking plants, he revealed the abuse and exploitation of immigrant workers in the industry—including the tragic story of a worker who fell into a rendering tank. Public reaction to his great book, “ The Jungle ,” forced federal measures to make food safer—but not workers safer. There shouldn’t be any separation between good food and good jobs, because working conditions in the food system are everyone else’s eating conditions. Unions represent workers throughout the food system—farm workers, meat cutters, poultry...
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We need your voice TODAY to raise the minimum wage!

January 26, 2015
The voters and the President are all on board about raising the wage. Now we need YOU to convince Congress!!
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Open letter, closed door in breastmilk bank controversy

January 23, 2015
For-profit corporation Medolac has announced the cessation of their plans to launch a Mothers Milk Co-op in Detroit, Michigan in response to breastfeeding activists’ demands for public accountability. As a Clinton Global Initiative to increase breastfeeding and economic empowerment in Detroit, Medolac announced its plans to establish a Mothers Milk Coop. Under its plan, the Co-op would pay mothers $1/ounce for their breastmilk, which would be sold to hospital NICUs for $7/ounce. Details of the proposed plan were made public in a New York Times Motherlode piece , which generated concern about...
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Is it a simple ear infection or a disaster waiting to happen?

January 20, 2015
Like many sandwich generation moms, I've been around the block when it comes to maladies of the ear. Both of my elderly parents are hard of hearing; and before my daughter reached 2nd grade, she had endured four ear surgeries. So I thought I'd seen it all. But the other day, I met a woman who forever changed my attitude about ears. Her name is Joie . At 38, Joie is the picture of health and good cheer. She works in a bright, colorful salon in the heart of Ballard, the Scandinavian neighborhood of Seattle. As she styles hair for clients of all varieties, Joie beams a ray of sunshine straight...
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BINGO anyone? Play During the State of the Union!

January 20, 2015
This Tuesday night (tomorrow night!) at 9pm ET / 6pm PT President Barack Obama will be giving the 2015 State of the Union. In order to make watching fun, we've created a BINGO card to help you track whether or not the issues of greatest concern to women, moms, and families are covered in the speech.
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Snow Day: On snowballs and lost pay

January 14, 2015
My kids went to bed last night hoping for a snow day, and they'll be thrilled to have one. I have to admit that I'm excited, too. But I can't help thinking of the parents and kids for whom this is not happy news. Kids who count on those breakfasts and lunches so they won't be hungry, and parents scrambling to find someplace for their kids so they won't lose their jobs. Last spring I was talking with a fast food worker who shared how during last winter's snow days she finally found a neighbor to watch her kids, took two buses to work only to be told they didn't need her because business was...
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How much is breastmilk worth?

January 12, 2015
What is the value of breastfeeding? The answer to this question usually includes a rundown of the myriad health benefits for mothers and children, reduced healthcare costs or the intangible emotional connection nurtured in the mother-infant dyad. Now, a new program by a company called Medolac has given it a dollar amount: $1/ounce. According to a New York Times Motherlode Op-Ed by Kimberly Seals Allers , the Oregon-based company with support from the Clinton Global Initiative and high-profile institutions, has created a program they claim will increase Detroit’s African-American breastfeeding...
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Moms Thank Mayor for Prioritizing Children’s Health

January 9, 2015
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto received a resounding thank you from about 300 volunteers, grateful that he is making children’s access to health insurance a top priority through the Healthy Together campaign. The goal of Healthy Together is to enroll 100 percent of children and youth in the City of Pittsburgh in quality, affordable healthcare. A group of mothers delivered their card at an appreciation party hosted by Allies for Children and MomsRising , an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people working to achieve economic security for families in the...
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