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Head Smacker: Voter ID Laws Further Silence Those Whose Voices Need To Be Heard The Most

October 15, 2014
“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud, if there is not actual danger of such fraud, and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burden.” – 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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11 Great Reasons to Vote

October 14, 2014
We’re just a few weeks away from an incredibly important election. The votes people cast Nov. 4 will shape our future and our children’s. I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true! Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls: 11. Bad politicians aren’t just elected by people who vote for them. They’re also elected by people who don’t vote at all. Don’t help elect politicians who work against your interests. 10. You can elect leaders who will...
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Google unveils some cool new GOTV tools

October 10, 2014
Google is making it easier for people to vote! If you search for "How do I vote" or "register to vote" or lots of other things you'll get localized, detailed information on how / where to vote, including (at least for Minnesota) information on how to check your registration status. Try googling "how do i vote" - and you can read this article for more: http://time.com/3486399/google-vote-tools/ Cool stuff!
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I’ll Give You One Very Good Reason to Vote: the Minimum Wage!!

October 10, 2014
Do you need a good reason to vote on November 4th? How about the fact that 2/3 of minimum wage workers are women and they only earn $14,500/year!
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Voting in NC this year?

October 9, 2014
This is an important election year in North Carolina. In addition to a high profile US Senate race, North Carolinians will be voting on members of Congress, the entire NC General Assembly, members of the NC Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and District Courts as well as a number of local races. The voices and votes of moms are powerful, but only if we use them! We’ve compiled a number of resources to help NC moms be engaged voters this year. Dates: Oct. 10 - Deadline to register to vote in general election. Due to new voting laws, you will no longer be allowed to register and vote during the...
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Our Hand on the Scales of Justice: Bringing Balance

October 6, 2014
Some people are losing hope that we will ever overcome some of our nation’s most troubling social and political challenges. But there is hope. The answer lies in ensuring that policymakers and policies reflect the full cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, religious, spiritual and political diversity which is our nation’s strength. Most desperately needed is the perspective of American women. One example is the question of capital punishment. In nearly every survey taken on the issue, there is a consistent “death penalty gender gap” showing that women are more likely to oppose the practice. Last...
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Mes Nacional de La Herencia Hispana - El poder de las Mamás Latinas

October 6, 2014
El 15 de septiembre se dio inicio al Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana. Durante todo un mes, hasta el 15 de octubre, cada año se celebra la cultura, historia y tradiciones de los Hispanos en Estados Unidos. El sitio oficial hispanicheritagemonth.gov explica el origen de esta celebración: “La conmemoración inició en 1986 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana por iniciativa del presidente Lyndon Johnson y la continuó el Presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988… se convirtió en ley el 17 de agosto de 1988…” Durante este mes, muchos países en América Latina celebran su independencia, estos incluyen:...
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Hispanic Heritage Month Reflections: Latina Mamás Are Powerful

October 6, 2014
September 15 marked the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the rest of this month and until October 15, there will be celebrations all over the country honoring the culture, history and traditions of U.S. Hispanics. The U.S. government’s website hispanicheritagemonth.gov explains the history of Hispanic Heritage Month as the following: “The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988…It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988…” During these 30 days, many Latin American countries...
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Secret Life of FMLA: Shifting the Family Leave Conversation from She to We

October 2, 2014
I was out the other night with some of my colleagues and we were discussing ideas about what could help create a more supportive work culture at our university. The only two women at the table spoke about the need for more family friendly workplaces, specifically the need for paid family leave. We spoke about patched together leave that we or other women we knew had managed for the births of children. I told them that I was only able to take three weeks for the birth of my second son because I couldn’t afford to take unpaid leave and I didn’t have enough sick days to cover longer. My female...
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