Afro Latina, hugger of Potus, lover of words, social media, technology, books, serendipity & my frog princess. Deeply committed to changing the world and bringing you right along with me to help.
Blog Post List
April 28, 2016
“I’m pregnant and my doctor says I should try to drink more water during the day, but my boss says I can’t have a water bottle at my check out lane. Is that legal?” “How much time away from work after my baby is born am I allowed to take without losing my job?”“I had my baby a four weeks ago and I’m supposed to be returning to work in two weeks but I’m not entirely sure if I will be able to take pumping breaks. How do I find out what my rights are in my state?” These are just some of the questions that MomsRising members have about their rights at work when they’re pregnant, parenting and...
March 17, 2016
Access to paid family (maternity, paternity, medical) leave shouldn’t be as rare as finding a four-leaf clover, but for too many New York families it feels that way. New York Senators in Albany are considering paid family leave legislation right now. Take a moment to send a quick message to your Senator letting him/her know that New Yorkers support this protection for workers. Access to paid family leave is so important to our members like Erin who shared her story with us: “I only got to spend 9 weeks with my daughter before I was forced to return to work. I was ‘lucky’ to be able to take 12...
February 13, 2016
This blog post originally appeared in Huffington Post . I'm so conscious of what I present to my daughter these days. You see, she's in the "like me" stage. She notices similarities and differences with the world around her. I provide her materials and visuals to reinforce, build and solidify her foundation as a black woman. But it's more than that. This month, as we look to historical figures during Black History month, I am well aware of the "otherness". Because in reality I'm raising an Afro-Latina. So when I saw this #BlackLatinxHistory hashtag, I kind of lost it. I mean, YASSSSSS! Here's...
February 11, 2016
No recess?! No way. It’s sad, but true—right now some Florida children in elementary school are going through the entire school day without recess ! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends recess as a “necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.” We need to make sure lawmakers know that the health and happiness of our kids should be a top priority! Will you join us in calling on state lawmakers to support 20 minutes of recess every day for Florida’s children? Sign on here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/fl-recess-...
February 8, 2016
We've seen the Zika virus in the headlines regularly these past few weeks. With so much information being shared, we thought we'd bring some experts to our Wellness Wednesday chat to answer questions around this topic. I hope you'll join us , our Spanish speaking Twitter handle Mamás Con Poder , the Surgeon General , the Centers for Disease Control , the Office on Women’s Health , Heidi Murkoff & What to Expect as we discuss this issue on February 10th at 2 p.m. ET. Follow the hashtag #WellnessWed and help us spread up-to-date facts and information about the Zika virus.
January 27, 2016
By now you've probably heard the news. In April 2014, in an effort to cut costs, an emergency manager appointed by Governor Snyder switched the Flint water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River. City workers then failed to take appropriate measure to ensure lead didn't leach from pipes into the water supply. The water turned brown, young children broke out in rashes, and the hair of some residents began falling out. Yet denied there was a problem, failed to adequately test the water quality, insisting that it met federal standards and was safe to drink. Can you imagine? Even...
January 5, 2016
¿Quién les quitaría a los niños de bajos recursos el acceso a servicios de salud? La respuesta puede sorprenderte . Cuando era una madre soltera desempleada, tratando de lanzar mi propio negocio, CHIP (sigla en inglés del Programa de Seguro Médico para Niños) cubría la atención médica de mi pequeña hija, diagnosticada a los 19 meses de edad con aterradoras convulsiones febriles. CHIP significó mucho para nosotros en momentos de necesidad. Sin él, me hubiera enfrentado a difíciles decisiones con respecto a atención médica y me hubiera preocupado constantemente de terminar en bancarrota. A...
December 28, 2015
Who would take healthcare away from low-income kids? You’d be surprised. When I was an unemployed single mom, attempting to start a business, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) covered medical care for my young daughter, who was diagnosed with frightening febrile seizures at 19 months. CHIP made a world of difference in our time of need. Without it, I’d be facing gut-wrenching decisions about medical care and worrying constantly about bankruptcy. Yet lurking in Congress and in state houses across America is a growing movement to gut healthcare wins like CHIP and the Affordable Care...
December 16, 2015
Memories of warm weather might be fading, but what is NOT fading is the need for paid family leave in New York state! The momentum is growing, but we can’t take anything for granted. Take a quick moment right now, before our thoughts turn entirely to the holidays, to send a quick message to NY Governor Cuomo urging him to make paid leave a priority in Albany. Here’s the scoop: Right now across the U.S., only 13% of working families have access to paid family (maternity, paternity, medical) leave via their employers.  And, horrifically, one in four working mothers must return to work just...
December 8, 2015
There are those moments in motherhood, you know the ones, that are permanently etched in memory. I can still vividly recall the trek from my sleek office to my car to pump breast milk. This walk, which felt both stressful and shameful, was necessary because my office space had no place for me to use my breast pump. So it was pumping in the car or nothing. Not ideal to say the least. It shouldn’t have to be that way. Women pumping breast milk do not need any additional obstacle put in our path. And doctors agree: Breastfeeding is best for babies and moms. In fact, because of breastfeeding’s...
November 12, 2015
If you missed our Wellness Wednesday chat last week on open enrollment and still have questions about your healthcare coverage, we invite you to join us, What to Expect author Heidi Murkoff and senior advisor to the President and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls , Valerie Jarrett for a special tweetchat, 11/13 at 12 p.m. ET. We will be discussing healthcare and the ACA. Use hashtag #GetCovered to ask your question and follow the conversation. Qs about #ACA & women's #health ? Ask by 12pmET Fri w/ hashtag #GetCovered . We'll hear answers w/ @HeidiMurkoff , @WhatToExpect...
November 12, 2015
Georgetown's Center for Children and Families released their annual report on the child uninsured rate. This week's chat was dedicated to the findings of the reports as we spoke with CCF as well as various organizations throughout the U.S. that participated in the study. The results might surprise you. Check out the chat and share the great resources our partners tweeted out.
November 4, 2015
This week's Wellness Wednesday had guests @GetCoveredUS, @ChildDefender, @Out2Enroll and @TheHealthyMommy talking all about open enrollment and how to stay covered. Check out the Storify below to access important resources and information!
October 28, 2015
This week we had a lively chat with the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Did you know that 87% of Americans unable to take a paid sick day? Read on for important information and resources! [ View the story "#WellnessWed and #PaidSickDays" on Storify ]
October 22, 2015
To honor LGBT History Month and mark what a historic year it has been for LGBTQ families, we chatted with the Family Equality Council about what else we have left for achieve for LGBTQ equality when it comes to healthcare, workplace protections (including paid sick days & paid leave), housing, and immigration. Here's the play-by-play of the conversation. Hope to see you next Wednesday! [ View the story "#WellnessWed: LGBT History Month" on Storify ]
October 15, 2015
Today is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. In order to bring awareness to this day, yesterday's chat was dedicated to it. The #OneConversation chat happening on social media was created to ignite discussion around barriers and stigma that keep Latinos from talking openly about HIV and AIDS with their families, friends, or partners. Although representing 17% of the total US population, Latinos account for 21% of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 23% of people in the United States and dependent territories who get an HIV diagnosis each year. The first step to...
October 8, 2015
We are in week 3 of celebrating Hispanich Heritage Month on Wellness Wednesday. This week, we had the pleasure of having Young Women United, MHP Salud, Bi-National Coalition, California Breastfeeding Coalition, Esperanza Health Center, PASOs, HealthConnect One, Pretty Mama and NAPPLSC as guests. It was a great chat with uplifting stories and resources. Check it out... [ View the story "#WellnessWed: Celebrating Our Breastfeeding Traditions" on Storify ]
October 5, 2015
The nightmare haunting the dreams of virtually every Florida parent, professor, and administrator happened yesterday, when a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, killing more than 10 people and injuring seven. This tragedy comes at a time when Florida legislators are considering whether to allow concealed weapons to be carried on Florida’s campuses without restrictions. Some legislators argue that the answer to gun violence at school is to arm students and teachers. However, the tragic shooting at Umpqua again reminds us that the presence of guns does not prevent gun...
October 1, 2015
We are continuing with a focus on Hispanic Heritage Month and this week, we tackled heart disease and diabetes. Two killers in the Hispanic community that can be prevented. Our guests included Es Tu Diabetes , Bay Area AHA & Sofrito Media Group . Here's the Storify... [ View the story "#WellnessWed: Heart Disease and Diabetes " on Storify ]