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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
Ruth Martin's picture

It’s Time for Domestic Work to be Recognized as Real Work.

October 11, 2012
A few weeks ago, actor and mom Amy Poehler made a video supporting the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Amy balances being a mom with a career as an actor, writer, and producer. In the video she explains: “it wouldn’t be possible for me to do all those things without the help that I get in my home.” Domestic workers do the work that makes it possible for so many of us “do all those things.” And many domestic workers are moms themselves. But, domestic workers are denied the basic labor protections that so many of us take for granted everyday. Domestic workers were excluded from...
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How a World Map Can Feed the Spirit and the Body

October 9, 2012
These small steps toward mindful compassion we take today can open up a whole new world – perhaps one that is less focused on our boundaries and more on our possibilities. Bonus: a second give-away!
Homa Tavangar's picture

A Surprising Issue Will Change the Way Moms Vote in 2012

October 2, 2012
This op-ed originally appeared in ABC News / Univision . Lily Eskelsen is a mother, grandmother and teacher with 20 years of classroom experience. While she's not an immigrant, she has passionate views on immigration because many of her students have dealt with the struggles of being undocumented. "Some of those kids live in the shadows given the absence of a roadmap to citizenship," she says. "They are good kids who work hard in school, play on the team, join the chess club, and sing in the musical...if we care about making our communities financially stronger, we must place these precious...
Mary O's picture

Raising Kids Who Care

September 25, 2012
It was one of those mornings when I was in a hurry, but the universe had other plans. I sat my groggy four-year old down with a buttered bagel so I could rush to get ready while she ate, but when I came running back to her, I saw that she had placed a favorite coffee-table book in front of her and was quietly, deliberately dropping crumbs on the page. Not only was Sophia oblivious to my urgency to get out the door, but there was a new mess to clean, right on top of a cherished book. When I demanded, “What is going on?” She gently answered, “Mommy, I want to share my bagel with them.” I looked...
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Lack of Paid Sick Days for Immigrant Caregivers Risky For Workers, U.S. Economy

September 5, 2012
SAN CARLOS, Calif. – Considering that Paula Osorio has multiple jobs and no paid sick days, the nosebleed could not have come at a worse time: right before her shift caring for an elderly woman in a private home. In a nursing home or hospital, she would be able to lean on other caregivers. But the patient in her care, 91-year-old Elda Frank, has just her – Osorio, an immigrant from El Salvador. Thankfully the two women, who have spent a lot of time together for five years, share a deep bond. Osorio cooks Frank’s favorite meals, bathes her and reminds her to take her medicine. Sometimes Osorio...
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Women Riders on the “Undocubus” Show the Power of Courage

August 24, 2012
A small bus is making waves as it rolls across the country, showing us all what is possible when communities that are being pushed into the shadows come out and reclaim their human rights and dignity. The riders of the “Undocubus: No Papers, No Fear Ride for Justice” are mothers, students, and sisters. They are leaders in their communities and workers whose labor fuels this country. They are also undocumented immigrants who are tired of living in fear and have recognized that their voices are their greatest strength. As they travel across the country, the riders of the Undocubus are publicly...
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No Child is "Illegal"

August 20, 2012
Anyone who has spent time with children knows that even the youngest kids are quick to absorb all that is being said around them. Thus, it is no surprise that children have caught on to the use of the term “illegal immigrant” when adults talk about immigration, and for children of immigrants, this has increasingly caused a great deal of confusion and fear. A new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) takes a comprehensive look at the detrimental impact of federal and state immigration enforcement policies on children and families. The report, written by Joanna Dreby of the State...
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Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action

August 16, 2012
On August 15, the first of perhaps a million or more people who qualify for the DREAM Act began stepping forward to apply and pay fees for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a form of temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. Each case will be evaluated individually, but I am encouraging those who meet the basic criteria to consider applying for DACA or at least get all the information they can about whether it is the right thing for them. Thousands will join me and Senator Dick Durbin, the author of the DREAM Act, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
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DREAMers: Mothers look forward to your success with the Deferred Action process, and we urge caution when applying !

August 10, 2012
While we continue the momentum towards passage of the DREAM Act, mothers across the country are standing in support of the 1.76 million immigrant youth who will be able, starting August 15, 2012, to seek a form of administrative relief from deportation. This first step in the long-awaited deportation relief for youth who came to our country as children is an immense victory for families across the nation. With that said, MomsRising , an online and on-the-ground family-oriented advocacy group of more than one million members across the nation, urges people to be very careful and thorough when...
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