Shutdown this Silliness

Posted October 2nd, 2013 by

Do you ever wake up and think, “Well, now, this is completely absurd?” Today is one of those days, because some members of Congress have decided that attempting to deny millions of people healthcare coverage is more important than lost paychecks, access to education and food for our children, or even just keeping our national [...]

OMG! What is Congress Thinking?

Posted September 25th, 2013 by

How badly do some in Congress want to stop healthcare reform from rolling out? So badly that on the eve of implementation they’re ready to tank our nation’s credit rating—significantly damaging our economy—by holding the debt limit hostage in an attempt to stop affordable healthcare options from being extended to tens of millions of Americans. [...]

Engaging in Civil Disobedience for Health Justice for Immigrant Women and Children

Posted September 24th, 2013 by

When I was invited to join in a civil disobedience action that would lead to my arrest, I was terrified. What if I started crying when the police put me into handcuffs? So I asked around: what could I expect? How would it feel when I was arrested? What would happen?   The clearest advice [...]

Posted Under: Immigration

Playing Games with Our Kids: Moms vs. Congress

Posted September 19th, 2013 by

Games are a time-honored way of expanding people’s knowledge. My mom, who was a single mother throughout my elementary school years, played games with my brother and I in the grocery store when we were young to help make the price right for purchasing our family food on a very limited budget. When we went [...]

Put Meals Before Political Deals

Posted September 17th, 2013 by

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act,” making an unprecedented move to separate the nutrition portion of the Farm Bill reauthorization. As part of this effort, an extreme group of House Republicans has gone all out to gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), [...]

TAKE ACTION: Chutes and Ladders comes to our Capitol!

Posted September 3rd, 2013 by

It’s not easy to be heard in Washington, D.C., even about an issue as important as affordable, high-quality child care and preschool. There’s a lot of competition for our elected leaders’ attention: pinstripe-suited lobbyists, 24-hour news channels, and lots of partisan bickering. That’s why we’re getting creative, and we need your help to pull it [...]

Posted Under: E: Excellent Childcare

The Politics of Splitting Pills

Posted August 28th, 2013 by

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 [...]

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Linking Women’s Economic Security and Small Business Success

Posted August 13th, 2013 by

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s press conference last month announcing the House Democrats Economic Agenda for Women and Families, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds,” ended with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s speech highlighting the importance of the Agenda to small businesses.  Congresswoman Velazquez is certainly an example of women succeeding; she is one of the few women (and [...]

Latinas rally across the country for health care for immigrant women: Latinas and their families know #15years is too long to wait

Posted August 6th, 2013 by

This week, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) launches its fourth annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice. With the support of more than 85 organizations, including the partnership of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), NLIRH’s activists will rally across the country to let our policymakers [...]

Posted Under: H: Health Care Immigration

Women in Congress

Posted July 31st, 2013 by

You can’t work in the social justice field like I do without celebrating small victories – most of the time, small may be the only kind of victory  available! If you don’t make the most of little reasons to be happy, you just get burned out and depleted. There’s so much to accomplish you have [...]

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