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My Kids Participated in “A Wish for the Holidays” – Here’s How Yours Can, Too

November 12, 2013
Like every other parent out there, the winter holidays are crazy for my husband and me. Holiday shopping, the squirreling away of gifts, meals and decorations occur on top of full-time jobs and a household that includes two children. But the holidays are also a time of sit-down meals and moments of family togetherness, a time that we can savor what we have and think of those who are less fortunate. As an associate campaign director on MomsRising’s immigration team, I often think about the 5.5 million children in the United States who run the risk of being separated from one or both parents...
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Passing Immigration Reform Would Be a Boost to Our Local Economy

November 1, 2013
As a mother, grandmother and small business owner in Porterville, California, I can say for sure that each day the U.S. House of Representatives fails to act on immigration reform is a lost opportunity for our community. This negligence is mostly felt by women and children who make up two-thirds of all immigrants in our country, according to the U.S. Census . I run an at-home childcare center and am in regular contact with other childcare providers who have shared stories about children being separated from their parents while at the childcare center. Just a few days ago, childcare provider...
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LATISM '13 (Video and Pics Included!)

October 23, 2013
Photo below from left to right: me; Sylvia Aguilera, director of government relations for McDonald's Corporation; Jes Sofia Valle, CEO of the Bloggers of Health network; Ana Roca Castro, founder of LATISM, education tech developer and CEO of Plaza Familia ; and Laurita Tellado, the force behind the Holdin' Out for a Hero and Expresso con Leche communities. New York, NY -- As I mentioned in two previous blog posts here and here , I was gone three of four weekends in September for conferences. Last stop? The Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) annual conference at the Waldorf...
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“I’m glad other women who go to the jail here will not suffer what I went through”: Nashville case against shackling finally resolved after five years

October 18, 2013
Earlier this year, I had the privilege to participate in the "Rethinking Prisons" conference at Vanderbilt University. Being on that campus, I was inspired to tell the audience about the brave Nashville resident who stood up for her dignity and sued the county sheriff for shackling her during labor – even though taking such a public stance carried risks because of her immigration status. Yesterday, Juana Villegas reached a final settlement with the Nashville and Davidson County government, which will pay almost half a million dollars to Villegas and her legal team. In a surprise move, the...
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Signing of TRUST Act makes 2013 "Year of the Immigrant" in CA

October 7, 2013
Today marks the dawn of a new era in California's immigrant communities. This victory belongs first and foremost to the brave undocumented Californians facing deportation after minor or wrongful arrests who came forward from the shadows and told their stories in hopes that other community members would not endure similar injustices. But all Californians will reap the benefits of increased trust in local law enforcement. Soon, immigrant Californians and their family members will have the confidence that minor or unjustified arrests for things like selling food without a permit or having dogs...
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Immigrants are Media Makers Telling Their Own Stories at the #11MillionDreams Storython.

September 26, 2013
There are more than 11 Million undocumented people living, working, and dreaming in the USA. We need to hear their voices and stories loud and clear during the debates over immigration policy reform. Those voices, reflections of lived experiences, should be centered and uplifted. On October 5th and 6th, in Los Angeles, Boston and everywhere where immigrants and their allies want to share their stories, there will be an event focusing on connecting those stories with tech and media tools. Immigrants, their children, and allies already have the stories. They exist in lived experiences often...
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You're Invited: WEBINAR on Immigrant Health Coverage Eligibility and Enrollment

September 24, 2013
Health Insurance for Immigrant Families in the ACA Era Please register here and share widely! Thursday, September 26 10:00-11:00am PST/1:00-2:00pm EST Presented by the National Immigration Law Center and the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University The webinar will provide a snapshot of the landscape of coverage options for immigrant families as of 2014. You will learn: · Immigrants’ eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP and the insurance marketplaces · Access barriers faced by immigrants, particularly when part of mixed-immigration status families · Tips for helping immigrants...
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Obamacare Brings Millions Out of the Shadows of the Uninsured

September 24, 2013
With enrollment for health care insurance set to open in a few days, public opinion polls show there is still much confusion about how Obamacare will work. Congressional opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are using the current state of bewilderment to try to stop the health care program before it has a chance to serve people who desperately need it. They threaten to hold the federal government and the health of Americans hostage. But buried in recent polling is this clear conclusion: just over a majority of voters do not like Obamacare -- largely because they don’t understand it --...
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Engaging in Civil Disobedience for Health Justice for Immigrant Women and Children

September 24, 2013
When I was invited to join in a civil disobedience action that would lead to my arrest, I was terrified. What if I started crying when the police put me into handcuffs? So I asked around: what could I expect? How would it feel when I was arrested? What would happen? The clearest advice I got was, “Dress cute... there will be photos!” So, on September 12, 2013, the day after America’s Day of Remembrance of 9/11, when most Americans celebrate their victory over terrorism, I joined more than 100 women to participate in an act of civil disobedience by We Belong Together [link: webelongtogether...
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Moms Get Real About Race in America: A MomsRising.org 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 MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org 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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