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The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

April 14, 2014
If you groan about Tax Day, you’re certainly not alone. But what if Tax Day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family, and your community rely on – such as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services, and national parks? Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money . This is surprising, considering that individuals are our...
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An Ode To Rebel Parents

April 9, 2014
We parents can be such a smug bunch, and the internet only makes it that much easier for us to lob our judgments wherever we see fit: How dare you take your two young children on a treacherous deep-sea voyage!! -from The New York Times . What kind of mother are you to allow your 8-year-old son travel to school alone in dangerous New York City???? -from The New York Sun. You’re traumatizing your kid by demanding that your school change its field trip from going to Marineland! -from MetroNews.ca. You must be a child abuser to bring your kids to a public protest!! -from Youtube . These are only...

Proud to be our ‘Brother and Sister Keeper’ – Thank you Obama

March 8, 2014
This post originally appeared on Arit Essien's blog The Project C On Thursday, February 27, I proudly stood with those who came to the White House to celebrate President Barack Obama’s official announcement of “My Brother’s Keeper.” A lot of people had waited for this announcement for a very long time. I met people who had come from long distances to be there. Almost every member of theCongressional Black Caucus was there. Trayvon Martin’s parents and Jordan Davis’ parents were there. General Colin Powell, Rev. Al Sharpton—even Bill O’Reilly—came. I saw preachers, businesspersons, heads of...
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Food, Fashion and a Little History

March 4, 2014
Good work, moms!: No one seems to know exactly what to thank for the 43% drop in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds. Michelle Obama? Food stamp changes that make fruits and veggies more affordable for low-income families? I know who to thank: You…moms. Many factors probably contribute to this huge improvement, but the fact that kids are getting fewer sugar-packed drinks also points to you. “Free trade” comes to your kitchen: What does global trade have to do with what you feed your family? Plenty. International trade deals can limit the safety standards we require for imported food and how much...
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Thanks to NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Woman is Back at Work

February 27, 2014
Floralba, a pregnant retail worker in the Bronx, was sent home on unpaid leave because she needed to temporarily avoid heavy lifting in order to prevent having another miscarriage. Last week, A Better Balance used the new law we championed, the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act , to get Floralba back at work, with backpay, and to convince her employer to update it's policies in compliance with the law! This week, she has been pricing and hanging clothes instead of hauling heavy piles of clothes as she was required to do in the past. Thanks to this powerful new law, Floralba did not have to...
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Latin@ Tech Visionaries Descend Upon South by Southwest

February 25, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- For the first time ever, a Latin@ Tech Pre-Conference bringing together social entrepreneurs and tech visionaries will precede the prestigious South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas next month. And MomsRising will be a part of it! I will present in a session on utilizing online tools for social good. As for the other sessions, which are spread out throughout the day, I am honored to be among this company: Ben Jealous , civil rights activist and former president of the NAACP; Maria Hinojosa -- pictured on right -- Executive Producer and Anchor of Latino USA...
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Leaning on Each Other to Lead: Parents have the skills and talents to create meaningful change together

February 23, 2014
Last November I uploaded my ebook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, to the iBooks Store. In addition to the next-gen interactivity within the book, Apple allows authors to update publications, with readers automatically receiving free updates. So I designed a new cover (with the help of my artistic teenage son), cleaned up commas and clunky phrases, spruced up graphics, re-worked widgets, and added content. My 1.1 update went "live" yesterday. Lean On and Lead 1.0 already had twenty-four compelling interviews with working mothers and fathers that demonstrated...
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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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