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Wise Words from Daughter about Adopted Korean Brother

August 27, 2013
We've come a long way since the Civil Rights March on Washington. It's commonplace nowadays for a family to adopt a child from another country. There's still much to be done regarding society fully embracing diversity, but teaching our children to be open-minded is a good start. -Maria Adcock, publisher of the Bicultural Mama blog. This blog post originally appeared in Bicultural Mama . Many thanks to the writer, Julie Nelson, and the publisher Maria Adcock, for allowing us to re-publish it here in its entirety. Adopting was something that my husband and I talked about long before we were...
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Celebrating DACA’s First Anniversary

August 15, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in First Focus . Today marks the first year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an initiative introduced by the Administration last summer which provides certain DREAM Act-eligible youth with a renewable two-year reprieve of deportation and the ability to obtain social security cards and work authorization. In just one year, the policy has yielded tremendous results, enabling hundreds of thousands of young people to escape the constant threat of deportation and start fulfilling their academic and career goals. In fact,...
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Latinas rally across the country for health care for immigrant women: Latinas and their families know #15years is too long to wait

August 6, 2013
This week, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) launches its fourth annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. With the support of more than 85 organizations, including the partnership of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), NLIRH’s activists will rally across the country to let our policymakers know that #15years is too long for women and families to wait for health care. As the nation moves forward on immigration reform, working to create a path to...
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Diverse Children: Improving Outcomes for America’s Non-Majority Child Population

August 2, 2013
This week First Focus and the Foundation for Child Development hosted a congressional briefing in cooperation with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus focused on improving outcomes for America’s increasingly diverse children child population. The briefing focused on the Foundation for Child Development’s new report Diverse Children: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in America’s New Non-Majority Generation . This report comes out at a critical time. The demographics the U.S...
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The White House Honors Advocates for Families Affected by Incarceration

July 30, 2013
This is a quick post to celebrate the inspiring work being done by twelve advocates for families affected by incarceration. In June, the White House honored these individuals as “champions of change,” bringing attention to an oft-overlooked group – children with incarcerated parents and their loved ones. These twelve people work directly with incarcerated parents and with their children and caregivers; educate us through journalism and collaboration with Sesame Street ; and advocate for policy changes to stem the tide of incarceration while improving the well-being of those now affected by it...
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MomsRising.org at Netroots Nation -- Pics and Audio Included! #nn13

June 28, 2013
The MomsRising.org staff members who attended Netroots Nation from left to right: Angélique Roché, dream hampton, Elisa Batista, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Karen Showalter, and Anita Sarah Jackson SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Six MomsRising.org staff members were in San Jose, California last week to partake in a series of activities at the Netroots Nation activism conference. It's a place where grassroots and Internet activists can swap ideas on issues and best practices. What was especially exciting for us is that our issues -- namely, family economic security -- were front and center at the conference...
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A Tip of the Hat for Congress Members Who Support Immigration Reform That Is Fair and Inclusive of Immigrant Women and Families

June 25, 2013
Photo below: The MomsRising members, bloggers and children who turned out in D.C. last week to let Congress know that we support immigration reform that is fair and inclusive of immigrant women and families. Two-thirds of all immigrants are women and children. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Last Tuesday, June 18th, MomsRising.org joined the We Belong Together women's coalition to advocate for immigration reform that is fair and inclusive of women and families. About 100 of us flew in from all parts of the country, organized ourselves according to state, and spent the day visiting our Members of Congress...
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Let's Make Sure Our Hardest Workers Aren't Excluded From Immigration Reform

June 24, 2013
Please join this urgent action to help ensure day laborers have an avenue to legalization! As you know, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network's (NDLON’s) top legislative priority is to ensure that day laborers are not excluded from eventual legalization. Toward that end, NDLON is strongly supporting Maryland Senator Ben Cardin’s Amendment (#1294) to add a Community Service component to the Senate bill's legalization program. The bill now requires applicants to demonstrate employment history 6 years after receiving provisional status and again at 10 years. This means many immigrants will...
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Home Alone

June 13, 2013
A one-year-old baby boy is ripped out of his mother’s arms with no assurance that they will ever see each other again. A second grader in Minnesota ended up home alone caring for his toddler brother. Every day, kids come home wondering if their parents will be there. As a mom, I know that children’s worst nightmare is to be separated from their parents. Yet, 4.5 million children in the United States must live with this fear every day. It's long past time for comprehensive immigration policy reform that reflects the contributions and needs of women and moms. Can you click here to urge your...
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Honoring the Voices and Influence of the Asian Pacific American Community: A MomsRising Blog Carnival Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 31, 2013
This blog carnival was updated four times on May 30, 2013. Asian-Americans are the fastest growing minority in the United States, growing by 46% between the 2000 and 2010 censuses . Also, May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In celebration of the many contributions of women, mothers and families of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage to the United States, I am pleased to introduce this blog carnival by MomsRising.org. Below you will find a series of blog posts by Asian Pacific Americans from all walks of life. Please show your support by leaving a comment or two, sharing with your...
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