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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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What About the Girls?

October 13, 2014
Though national focus is often on the racially-biased ways boys of color are treated, girls of color face many of the same risks from the cradle through adulthood which impact their life chances for success. Like boys, girls of color who enter the juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other systems often arrive traumatized and experience more trauma from the way they are treated inside systems.
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MomsRising Super Moms Take on Florence, Kentucky City Officials!

October 13, 2014
A huge THANK YOU is in order for three MomsRising moms who showed their support for mom Lyndi Trishler and for family friendly workplaces policies on September 30 th by hand delivering 10K petition signatures from MomsRising members—like YOU—urging Florence, KY Mayor Diane Whalen to rescind the city's discriminatory, and illegal, policy denying light duty to pregnant city employees. MomsRising members Colette, Kim, and Kimberly went above and beyond volunteering to make sure MomsRising moms were heard on this issue and even spoke to the media! Check out this local channel 12 news coverage and...
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The Unfair Price: Poverty in the LGBT Community

October 10, 2014
There is a clear connection between economic insecurity and anti-LGBT laws. Nineteen states lack almost any form of legal protections for LGBT people, and that has a real, tangible economic impact. When a gay or lesbian worker can be fired legally in 29 states; when a transgender person can be denied comprehensive health insurance in 42 states; or when a lesbian couple can be evicted in 29 states—the economic toll adds up.
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Boosting Economic Mobility through the EITC

October 10, 2014
Weathering emergencies isn’t the only reason to allow workers to access a portion of the EITC they have earned prior to tax season. A shortfall of cash may prevent families from making beneficial investments in their own future. A required training course for a new job, a summer math camp for a talented child—these are small expenditures today that pay significant dividends tomorrow. But these opportunities for advancement are often no longer available come spring when a family finally receives its EITC.
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Pepper sprayed in his own home?!?

October 9, 2014
Imagine your child comes home from high school, letting himself in the door you left unlocked for him. Moments later he finds himself surrounded inside his home by three police officers demanding that he put his hands on the door, when he’s done nothing wrong. And then, when he insists it’s his home and he belongs there, the officers pepper spray him. Inside his own home. That’s the nightmare DeShawn Currie and his foster parents Ricky and Stacy Tyler of Fuquay-Varina, NC experienced on Monday after a neighbor saw DeShawn enter the house after walking home from school and called 911 to report...
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Healthy Communities: Continuing the “Unfinished Business” of the EPA

October 9, 2014
Overburdened communities are fighting strenuously but sometimes lack the resources, capacity and access to power that other communities can take for granted. Their communities—like many neighborhoods in the Bronx, N.Y., where I lived as a child, were overburdened with landfills, waste transfer stations, refineries, power plants and myriad sources of pollution for reasons that have a whole lot to do with race and class.
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Un triunfo para un mercado de vivienda más justo

October 8, 2014
Cuando escuchamos que una mamá se encuentra bajo licencia de maternidad de su trabajo, la mayoría sonreímos reconociendo que se trata de un momento especial en la vida de esa familia: un bebe nuevo. Pero lo que HUD ha encontrado es que con frecuencia los bancos escuchan un mensaje diferente: escuchan algo que, en un continuo número de casos que han llegado a HUD, ha llevado a los prestamistas a negar, demorar o cuestionar los préstamos hipotecarios para las familias que esperan la llegada de un hijo. En muchos casos no fueron el crédito de la familia, o su ingreso, los que demoraron los...
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Voter's Guides 2014: Federal Spending and You

October 8, 2014
When you look at how our federal government spends money, do you see the priorities of your family and your community reflected? Your own day to day priorities might include getting something on the table for dinner, volunteering at your child’s cash-strapped school, scheduling doctors’ visits, or worrying about whether your family earns enough to pay your bills, let alone save for college or retirement – or all of the above, at the same time. Our Voter’s Guides will help you get informed about federal spending on things like healthcare, education and social security, so you can make sure...
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