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Hungry for Action and Reform

April 8, 2014
Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. This blog post originally appeared in the National Immigrant Justice Center website. I’m hungry. Today, I join advocates for immigrant survivors of violence across the country in a 24-hour fast to call attention to the...

I Am a Mother and an Immigrant

April 4, 2014
Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. On Monday, I stood in front of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma because I can’t imagine living with the fear that my son could be torn from me at any moment. In the few hours that I stood in front of the detention...
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I am fasting for families

April 2, 2014
Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours. Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April. At 6:30 am on March 31, 50 women and men gathered at the NW Detention Center to kick off the Washington State participation in ACT. FAST Women’s Fast for Families . Some of us were there because we were sentenced to...

Don't let the NRA choose our Surgeon General

March 18, 2014
For all who have asked: Here is the image and link you can share on Facebook! I couldn't believe my ears when I heard about the Surgeon General controversy on the news. Emboldened by its influence on Capitol Hill, the NRA is now flexing its muscles and actively working to derail Dr. Vivek Murthy’s confirmation just because, like many other doctors, he has referred to gun violence as a threat to public health in the past. Many health associations have found gun violence to be a public health issue. Even C. Everett Koop, the legendary Surgeon General nominated by Ronald Reagan, described gun...
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to step up today!

January 30, 2014
“I can remember only a few years back when the MomsRising State of the Union BINGO card was nearly empty. Keep up the incredible work!” --Wendy, MomsRising member Two words you never thought you'd see together: Historic. BINGO. Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and MomsRising's related BINGO game were nothing short of historic. For the first time ever, a President of the United States squarely put the issues that most affect the economic stability of America’s families and of our nation in the spotlight: fair pay, early learning and childcare, the minimum wage, sick days, family...
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Why Virginia Is Finally Waking Up to Gun Safety

January 27, 2014
Legislating for gun safety has long been an uphill battle in Virginia, where even many Democratic lawmakers are allied with the gun lobby. In such an environment, the seemingly most outrageous proposals stand a real chance of becoming law. In 2009, for instance, the Virginia General Assembly voted to allow people to skip hands-on gun safety courses and fulfill the training requirement for concealed carry permits over the Internet . In 2010, it voted to allow people to bring concealed weapons into bars , restaurants and other venues that serve alcohol. This year, the 2014 docket includes...
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Jesús Huerta's Mom Deserves An Answer

December 23, 2013
“Durham should be a harm-free zone. Durham should be a safe place for all children.” So said Durham mom Omisade Burney-Scott to CBS-affiliate WRAL in response to the death of a teenager, Jesús Huerta, who was shot and killed while sitting in the back of a police car on November 19th. Jesús’s family, friends and community members gathered in downtown Durham for a candle-lit prayer vigil last Thursday, seeking answers in his death. They were met with police, dressed in riot gear, who used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd that included families with small children. As mothers, Jesús’s...
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ICYMI: Our picks of the week! #Top5 Must-Read Posts #TBT

December 20, 2013
There are so many compelling, interesting stories published on the MomsRising blog every week. Below is a selection of posts we especially hope you didn't miss! Check them out; we'd love to hear which were your favorites in the comments below. Thanks! #RADIO this week! - Creating Change! From music to legislation to social media and more From gun violence in America and updates on the goings on of Congress to the campaign that led to Marissa Alexander being released from prison and FairVote with Krist Novoselic of the band Nirvana, there's an awesome lineup of topics and speakers on this...
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What is the American Promise?

October 9, 2013
Fourteen years ago, my family took the great risk of turning the camera on ourselves, to film our son Idris, and his best friend Seun. In 1999, the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School in New York City. We wanted the best education possible for our son, and Dalton seemed prepared to do that. As African American boys, over the years, Idris and Seun struggled with stereotypes and identity, and expectations about who they were. They ultimately took divergent paths on the road to high school graduation. Exploring the highs and lows of the boys’ coming of age and pursuing the...
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Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Making the Case against Shackling at the United Nations and the Nation's Capital

September 24, 2013
Advocates for the humane treatment of women are taking their fight onto the world stage, asking the United Nations to hold our government accountable for ensuring human rights here at home by ending the shackling of pregnant women. And in the nation's power center, the D.C. Council is considering legislation to do just that. Human Rights Obligations In 1992, the United States ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, known as the ICCPR. By doing so, the U.S. government pledged to abide by the treaty’s standards and principles. The U.N. Human Rights Committee monitors...
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