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MamásConPoder.org: A Dream in the Making

June 3, 2014
In May of 2006 I co-founded MomsRising with a mission of creating a multicultural movement of mothers – and of everyone who has ever had a mother! – to advance family economic security and to end discrimination against mothers. Since then, MomsRising has grown to a million members nationwide, including members in every state in our nation, who according to an analysis we commissioned, mirror the U.S. Census in terms of race and ethnicity.
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MamásConPoder.org: Un Sueño Haciéndose Realidad

June 2, 2014
En Mayo de 2006 fui cofundadora de MomsRising con la misión de crear un movimiento multicultural de madres – ¡y de todos los que hayan tenido una mamá! – para ayudar al avance de la seguridad económica familiar y para poner fin a la discriminación contra las madres. Desde entonces, MomsRising ha crecido y ahora contamos con más de un millón de miembros en todo el país, incluyendo a miembros en cada estado de nuestra nación, quienes de acuerdo a un análisis que comisionamos, reflejan el Censo de EEUU en términos de raza y etnicidad. Juntos, somos una fuerza poderosa. MomsRising ya ha celebrado...
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Teaching Safe Relationships

March 5, 2015
I hope I can be forgiven for daydreaming in the middle of a sentence, some days, as I look at my teenagers. I imagine their gummy newborn grins, their first books or songs or games, and their tentative first attempts at ice skating, before being snapped back to reality by the maturity of their negotiating skills, their budding opinions of the world—including their reminders that they are more grownups than children—and the topics and decisions that affect them right now. I understand in a whole new way where all those clichés of parenting come from. It does seem like just yesterday. They do...
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Celebrate Women's History Month: Take care of yourself

March 3, 2015
A smile spread across Amy’s face as she strolled out of her doctor‘s office with a clean bill of health yesterday. The sun was shining, and tulips were blooming, as her thoughts turned to planting her first crops of the season. “I love growing wholesome berries and vegetables, “ Amy beams. She and her husband recently started their own organic farm. They have two young children and a few fertile acres here in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. “I’m a typical, multi-tasking mom. Sometimes I wear myself out taking care of farm chores and everyone else. But now that I'm 40, I realize that taking care of...
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Make Me a Woman

February 27, 2015
One of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: “If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” An unwavering defender of women’s rights and an abolitionist, Sojourner continues to fuel my determination to fight for equality for women, people of color, and children left behind. She was born into and lived nearly three decades in slavery but dedicated her life to...
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Must Job Seekers Give Employers a Reason to Reject Them?

February 24, 2015
Imagine you’re a warehouse manager. You need a new worker and are choosing between three finalists. All are equally qualified, and all say they can meet the job requirements. But two of them, it turns out, are pregnant. · Danielle is barely five months along, and showing only a little. · At seven months Lisa is quite visibly pregnant. · Kim, the third candidate, is not pregnant. Although the job involves lifting and ladder-climbing, you’ve previously offered special gear for pregnant and temporarily disabled workers. Extra leave, too, if needed. It’s expensive, but not an undue hardship...
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How Healthier Kids Can Mean More Money for Schools

February 18, 2015
If you’re a parent or caregiver of a school-aged child, you’re probably familiar with the question, “But do I have to go to school today ?” All kids, no matter how much they like school, sometimes want to spend the day doing other things. (I suppose we don’t really outgrow that urge…) But though they may have the occasional desire to play hooky, children typically don’t miss school by choice. For many students, school absences aren’t voluntary or sporadic – they are routine occurrences connected with more serious health conditions, and often poverty. The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS...
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Working for a World Where Love Always Wins

February 13, 2015
I want my kids to grow up in a world that embraces all people. It sounds so simple, but, as events of the last few years have shown, making that a reality requires hard work, painful setbacks, and for each of us to step outside of our comfort zones and speak up for what is right. That’s what the fight against Amendment One, and for marriage equality in North Carolina, taught me and my family. People sometimes look at me funny when they learn that I helped to fight against my state's ban on same-sex marriage, known as NC Amendment One. I guess the image of a middle-aged, suburban, stay-at-home...
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Girls In Justice

February 13, 2015
I’m grateful for a powerful new book, Girls In Justice by artist Richard Ross, a follow up to his moving earlier Juvenile In Justice, which combines Ross’s photographs of girls in the juvenile justice system with interviews he gathered from over 250 detention facilities across the United States. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the deeply disturbing photographs speak volumes.
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