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Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers

August 31, 2013
Shaniqua , a 20-year-old mother, works for McDonald’s in New York City, where she can rarely get 40 hours a week. She struggles to afford food, diapers, and other basics. Nick , a McDonald’s worker in Indianapolis, survives on $800 per month while caring for his chronically ill mother and disabled brother. Medical bills from a recent sinus infection cost him nearly a month’s wages. Dearius , an assistant manager at a Memphis Church’s Chicken, says fast food workers are tired of struggling to provide for their kids. And Shonda , a 38-year-old mother of three who works at a KFC in Oakland, says...
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Race: Kids show us there is optimism, but parents must play a role.

August 30, 2013
This blog post originally appeared in the LadydeeLG blog . More than a month after a jury acquitted the man that shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old boy, emotions are high. People question whether things will change, whether minority children, especially minority boys, will be able to grow up in a world where they are respected and valued, not just seen as hoodlums. As I read many of the powerful blog posts by concerned parents of Black, Latino or multiracial children, I think about what the future can look like for these children. Since this happened, I have been very aware of race...
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Eliminating Infant Health Disparities is the Realization of the Dream

August 28, 2013
All this week, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I have been reminded of the shoulders I stand on—the civil rights leaders who sat in protest, endured water hosings, recovered from dog bites, and went to prison for me and my children, and my children’s children, to have the most basic liberties. Fifty years later, if we are to fully realize Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream we have to be healthy and thriving. Our children need to be healthy and thrive. For, if we have not secured these basic rights for the youngest and most vulnerable among us, then we are far from...
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Dear White Women: Top 5 Reasons Why We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week

August 28, 2013
The news had not been posted for two hours before the brouhaha began on Facebook. Yesterday, myself and two of my comrades in the movement to shift breastfeeding culture in the black community, officially announced August 25-31st—the last week of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month—as Black Breastfeeding Week. About two weeks ago, I wrote a piece suggesting the need for a Black Breastfeeding Week as a way to highlight awareness to a community that desperately needs more breastfed babies. Days later, while attending the ROSE summit in Atlanta, I sat with Kiddada Green, founder of Detroit’s...
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The Politics of Splitting Pills

August 28, 2013
Emergency Rooms and Lack of insurance create a cycle of poverty for the poorest Americans and disparately African Americans. Last week, when former U.S. Senator and current President of the Heritage Foundation , Jim DeMint , confidently stood in front of crowds of Americans touting the benefits and quality of emergency room care as a viable option for uninsured Americans , every single women, mother and child should have stood up in opposition. Emergency room care in the absence of health insurance and regular, routine healthcare is not only inadequate but also dangerously costly for millions...
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The Unspoken Reasons to Keep Moving

May 14, 2013
Popular culture and the fitness industry have distilled physical fitness down to two very superficial motivations: achieving a desired physique aesthetic, and burning calories. For many people, these motivations are enough to get them into the gym, but there are many, many people out there who aren’t motivated by these goals. Perhaps they are happy with their physique, or comfortable with their weight, or simply more concerned with other aspects of living. There is nothing wrong with this at all, and in fact I think being less concerned with one’s appearance than other important aspect of...
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It's time for moms to ask the questions!

October 23, 2012
Are you headed to a town hall event, election forum, or did you just run into a candidate at the grocery store? Take along our handy list of sample questions that you can use to ask the candidates about issues that are important to women and families. Find out where your candidates stand! And, you don't have to ask your question in-person. On Twitter? Check out our list of sample questions in Tweet-form below (Scroll down). You can cut and paste these directly into Twitter and Tweet them to your candidate. Let us know what happened! Did you ask a candidate a question or two? Let us know how...
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Last chance to play 2012 Presidential BINGO together!

October 22, 2012
This is it! The last presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle is tonight. And while the focus of the debate will be on foreign policy, we’re still planning to play presidential debate BINGO because who knows what will happen! Join us! Download your BINGO card here and then get online to watch the debate with us! We’ll be on Twitter, Facebook and the MomsRising blog. On Twitter? Watch the debate and join our online conversation by following the hashtag # Risers . On Facebook? You can find us here . See you tonight! P.S. You can make a...
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Amped up for tonight, #risers!

October 16, 2012
The whole MomsRising team is amped up about tonight’s town hall style presidential debate. We’ve got some burning questions including: Will debate moderator Candy Crowley ask the candidates about fair pay, paid leave, the exorbitant cost of child care, and other issues deeply important to women and moms? Will we be able to make BINGO using our MomsRising BINGO cards? How long will it take for the debate to inspire a new Twitter meme? That’s right! We’re amped up and ready and we’re going to be watching debate tonight – together! Join us! Download your BINGO card here and then get online to...
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Waiting for the Zinger...

October 11, 2012
Know what tonight is? It's the only Vice Presidential debate of the 2012 election cycle! Yes, that always unpredictable debate that has spawned zingers like "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy," and the question still lingering on everyone's mind, "Can I call you Joe?" Undoubtedly, we're in for some more history making exchanges tonight! [1],[2] With Vice President Biden and Representative Ryan taking the stage tonight (Thursday, 11th at 9pm ET, 6pm PT), we can almost guarantee that there are going to be fireworks! I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see what will be this debate's most...
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