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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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Testimony for the Senate "Stand Your Ground" hearing

September 17, 2013
Testimony of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Co-Founder, Executive Director, MomsRising Hearing on “Stand Your Ground” Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, September 17, 2013 I am Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Co-founder and Executive Director of MomsRising. MomsRising is a 1.1-million strong, online and on-the ground grassroots organization working to improve the lives and the health of American families. We have advocated for paid family leave, flexible work...
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Missing Mother, Whiteness, and the Search for Justice

August 29, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in a tumblr page, Find Myranda Southern . UPDATE: Myranda Southern, a mother from South Carolina whose story is covered in this blog, has been found dead. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to her family and loved ones. Her family has released a statement thanking the countless volunteers across the country who helped look for her--> This morning I made my toddler chocolate chip pancakes (don’t worry there were pureed veggies and fruit in the batter) and held my six month old tight because my Nanny, with...
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Thinking about Antoinette Tuff

August 28, 2013
I can’t sleep, thinking about Antoinette Tuff. What do I learn from her? Certainly not how to “handle” or “deal with” or “manage” or, much less, “confront” a distraught man with guns and ammunition ready to kill a lot of people including himself. In the first place, I don’t expect to ever be in her position. Yes, it could happen, but probably not, and I certainly hope not. Second, if I found myself in a situation similar to hers, I doubt that I could keep my cool. What Antoinette's actions, and her explanation of her actions, have the capacity to remind me is this: how to live on a normal day...
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Moms Get Real About Race in America: A Blog Carnival in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
This blog carnival was updated twice on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Introduction by the members of the MomsRising Education Fund Board of Directors: Ai-jen Poo , Executive Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance Barbara Arnwine , President & Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joan Blades , Co-Founder of, and Living Room Conversations Julene Pérez-Gónzalez , Vice President of Business Development and Education at Hispanics in Philanthropy Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner , Co-Founder and Executive Director / CEO of MomsRising...
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The March on Washington Through a Child's Eyes

August 28, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the ACLU blog . I was at home when the March on Washington took place in 1963. My parents took my four older siblings with them, but at the last minute decided that, as the youngest, I should stay at home. I was furious about being left behind. My parents had talked about the march for days leading up to the big event. They determined that having a 7-year-old might be a safety risk given fears of possible violence (which, of course, never materialized). I cried because I saw myself, even at that tender age, as an activist who belonged there, side-by-side...
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What Does the March on Washington Mean Today?

August 27, 2013
Recently, my 12-year-old son and I entered the subway station at 96th Street and Broadway. On our way to the downtown platform, we saw a young teen boy being frisked and questioned by police. The young man was either light-skinned black or Latino, and he was dressed in the style fashionable for kids his age -- low-waisted skinny jeans, belted across his hips, a t-shirt, and a fitted baseball cap sitting atop his curly Afro. As we walked past, my son leaned into me and said in a half-whisper, "I wonder what that kid did." Sometimes, we mothers manufacture teachable moments. We take them to see...
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Building a New Racial Justice Movement

August 27, 2013
MomsRising Note: Thank you, Rinku Sen, for allowing us to cross-post from Colorlines . We encourage our readers to visit the website for ongoing coverage of racial and social justice, as well as leave comments to the writer below. Many thanks! Building a New Racial Justice Movement Protestors march at Austin, Tex., Justice for Trayvon rally on July 20, 2013. Photo: Ann Harkness/Wikimedia Commons This week, the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with events in Washington, D.C., and many other cities. A hot summer of race news—Moral...
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For Whites (Like Me): On White Kids

August 27, 2013
Note from the author: Fifty years after the March of Washington we have so much more to do to make sure the dream for which so many gave lives during the Civil Rights Movement is truly birthed. Those of us who are white, and who are persuaded of the meaning and truth of the dream, must (and can) step up to make sure that we and our children actively help it to be realized. -Jennifer Harvey, Living Formations This blog post originally appeared in Living Formations . Dear parents of white children, I vote that we strike the following from our parental lexicon: “Everybody is equal.” “We’re all...
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