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Chefs deserve healthcare too...Now they can finally afford it

February 14, 2014
"My mom makes the best hummus in the whole world!" exclaims six-year-old Ama. I agree. A few years ago, Kristi Brown Wokoma, 45, a Seattle mom and chef, melded soul food with a Mediterranean influence to transform black-eyed peas into hummus. People loved it so much it became the centerpiece of her growing business. I buy a little tub of Kristi’s yummy creation every time I shop at my local grocery store. Kristi always wanted health insurance. Over the years, she looked into premium prices for small businesses like hers. But she could never find a plan that fit her budget. Then, a few years...
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Candidate Mom

February 13, 2014
Women can and do run for office, but their path to politics differs from the one most men follow. Women are generally asked to run and likely to have been recruited. Men tend to initiate their own candidacy, and worry less about if they are qualified or not. Women tend to feel under qualified, regardless of their background and experience. Women are far more likely to become involved politically because of a certain issue they are passionate about, like gun control, or education, or the need for public libraries. Men frame it as more of a career move. It is not surprising, then, that male...
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Julie gets her flu shot thanks to the ACA!

February 12, 2014
After launching their daughter, Julie Gonzales Corbin and her husband embarked on midlife career transitions. In 2013, they counted their lucky stars and squeaked by without health insurance. When they learned about the new affordable insurance options, they quickly selected a bronze Group Health plan because, as longtime Seattleites, they'd had positive experiences there in the past. Still, Julie wasn't sure her new insurance card would do much for her. Then she heard the scary news of this year's flu outbreak – 10 deaths already in our state- and decided it was time to find out. On January...
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Child Care, Farming, and Working Parents in Hawaii

February 7, 2014
Two months ago, I wrote a post called The Short Game: Taking the “Work” out of “Working Together" about a community event that included a congresswoman and about a dozen mothers and daughters. I described how the act of women gathering together, to support each other and enjoy themselves while also doing important work, might be just as vital as more sustained efforts to solve the systemic problems facing women and families. In fact, I recently had a conversation with an old friend who I hadn't been in touch with for awhile. We had a great time talking, and I remembered how much we like and...
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News Roundup on Shackling and Detaining Pregnant Women: Time to Rethink our Policies?

February 6, 2014
As Congress and state legislatures got back to work in the new year, issues of incarcerating and shackling pregnant women surfaced on many of their agendas. Progress on Shackling Women in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) may soon get relief from shackling. In January, the bipartisan team of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) got language into the federal budget bill to "ensure all detention contracts and agreements" adhere to ICE policy against shackling pregnant women: A pregnant woman or woman in post-delivery recuperation shall not...
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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to step up today!

January 30, 2014
“I can remember only a few years back when the MomsRising State of the Union BINGO card was nearly empty. Keep up the incredible work!” --Wendy, MomsRising member Two words you never thought you'd see together: Historic. BINGO. Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and MomsRising's related BINGO game were nothing short of historic. For the first time ever, a President of the United States squarely put the issues that most affect the economic stability of America’s families and of our nation in the spotlight: fair pay, early learning and childcare, the minimum wage, sick days, family...
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Our Values: The U.S. House of Representatives Should Take Up Immigration Reform

January 23, 2014
We must gain back our national values. Last year a local restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina engaged in anti-immigrant activity by selling derogatory t-shirts attacking Latino immigrants. Their ill-minded actions represent a wave of prejudice we see in our country. But their prejudice was faced by courage and love as dozens of mothers and children peacefully protested outside the restaurant for weeks. Many neighbors and friends cooked meals for these families and offered their support. This is the country I raised my adopted Korean son in. Now it’s time to confront prejudice with love and...
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'Wake Me Up' Video: Reflections from 2013

January 14, 2014
This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post . Chances are you've heard "Wake Me Up." It was a hit song worldwide last year by Aloe Blacc and remixed by Avicii . But have you checked out the emotionally powerful acoustic version of the music video ? Here it is: The video puts on display the work ethic, strong family ties, and grit of our newest Americans: undocumented youth known as " DREAMers ," who were brought to this country as children. It also shows the love, quiet sacrifices and resolve of their parents, who like any other parent in the United States, simply want to secure...
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A Victory for a Fairer Housing Market

October 9, 2014
When we hear that a mother is on maternity leave, most of us smile and realize it’s a special time in that family’s life. But what HUD has found is that often banks hear something else—they hear something that in a steady stream of cases has led lenders to deny, stall or question the home mortgage loans for expecting families.
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Jesús Huerta's Mom Deserves An Answer

December 23, 2013
“Durham should be a harm-free zone. Durham should be a safe place for all children.” So said Durham mom Omisade Burney-Scott to CBS-affiliate WRAL in response to the death of a teenager, Jesús Huerta, who was shot and killed while sitting in the back of a police car on November 19th. Jesús’s family, friends and community members gathered in downtown Durham for a candle-lit prayer vigil last Thursday, seeking answers in his death. They were met with police, dressed in riot gear, who used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowd that included families with small children. As mothers, Jesús’s...
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