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What's on your W2? Equality?

December 30, 2014
Wage discrimination is very difficult to prove, but a few years ago I did just that. You see, the person who earned more than me is now my husband. We met 9 years ago at Columbia University, and we graduated together with the EXACT same degree.
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"We renew our condolences" A Statement from #BlackLivesMatter and more

December 22, 2014
The events of this weekend are tragic. We renew our condolences to the families and friends of those injured and killed this weekend. As those who stand with the victims of police violence, we know all too well the deep sense of loss that a community feels when they lose a loved one. They are in our thoughts and prayers as we continue our movement for justice. This is not a time for political grandstanding and punditry. Unfortunately, we continue to see elected officials and police leadership twist this tragedy into an opportunity for them to silence the cries for justice from families who...
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Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

December 19, 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, I wanted to celebrate four great rainbows for justice who passed away this year but left us a much better people and nation. My brother-friend Dr. Vincent Harding , much loved historian, theologian, social justice activist, and visionary, never lost sight of the “beloved community” his friend and colleague Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed our nation and world could become. A close confidant of Dr. King, he helped draft several of Dr. King’s most important speeches, including the landmark 1967 antiwar sermon “Beyond Vietnam.” His books include the powerful essay...
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Give the best present of all: peace of mind

December 16, 2014
Find out if your family qualifies for free or low-cost health insurance. If you live in the Seattle area, Tune into Chat with Women 1150 AM KKNW at 8 AM, Thursday, December 18 to get the scoop as I explain the basics of what our new health law means for Washington families. Then sign up.
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Our 2014 Wins!

26 Inspiring Victories YOU Made Possible in 2014!

December 15, 2014
You’re a force for motherhood and families everywhere! You’re a million members strong making real, positive changes for families, from city halls across the nation to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Together we achieved historic wins for families, from fair pay and paid sick days to affordable health coverage and gun safety. These wins mean everything to moms struggling to earn enough, to keep our families healthy, to find affordable childcare, to be there after a new baby arrives or a child is sick, and to protect our children from gun violence and racial injustice.
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Take Action!

We can no longer breathe.

December 15, 2014
*It's time to make our voices heard to advance police reform nationwide and to end racial profiling: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/justicebrowngarnerall/
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Progress for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

December 12, 2014
On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy, and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development and learning opportunities for children from birth through age 5. Although we haven’t yet seen the passage of needed comprehensive legislation to provide low-income and other at-risk children a full continuum of quality supports from voluntary home visiting programs to Early Head Start and Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten and — I hope — full-day kindergarten, progress has been made in increasing access to and expanding quality programs and building support for future investments.
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Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let’s Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health

December 12, 2014
The North Carolina NAACP and a coalition of organizations fighting for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina recently held a funeral procession to demonstrate the result of our governor’s decision not to expand the jointly funded federal and state health-care program for low-income residents. According to protesters, 2,800 state residents will die in 2014 because the state did not expand Medicaid under the health-care reform law. What was not made explicit at the demonstration, and at rallies that came before it, is the alarming infant mortality rate in the state, which can be seen as a direct...
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Three Ways to Raise Wages

December 10, 2014
For a lot of working people, this holiday season will be one of belt-tightening rather than shopping sprees. Let’s face it, our wages just aren’t keeping up the way they used to. Here’s a fact: Average income for the least rich 90% of us has been flat since the 1970s, although people are working more hours. Not a recipe for a holiday-buying bonanza. The answer isn’t to cut back even more, it’s to raise wages. One sure way to put more money in consumers’ pockets and place upward pressure on pay is by raising the minimum wage—a sorely needed move that is stymied in Congress, although 20 states...
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Report From My Town: The Berkeley ‘Looters’ Are White

December 9, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. – On Sunday, I achieved a milestone: I finished a 13.1-mile trail run largely uphill just north of San Francisco. When I was done, I could barely walk, but I was on a high: I did it! When I got back to my car, my heart seemed to skip a beat. I had a couple of missed phone calls and urgent text messages from family out east wondering if I had survived the “riots” and “looting” in Berkeley. I bristled at the use of the words because they are so racially charged. Whether the aftermath of the Rodney King beating or Katrina , “looting” is a word often used as racist shorthand to...
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