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Leading the Way: Unions as Family-Friendly Employers

October 15, 2010
We know the value of unions to working Americans: unionized workers make more money, have more access to pensions, receive better health insurance, and have safer workplaces. Less known but equally critical is that unionized workers also receive more generous family-friendly benefits – union members are more likely to be in workplaces that promote a healthy and viable balance between work life and home life. But what about union staff? Working Mother recently released its rankings of the 100 Best Companies for family-friendly benefits and programs, and the National Education Association (NEA...

Chicago Sit-in for an Elementary School Library

October 12, 2010
Sometimes it's easy to forget that I live in a world of relative privilege. No, I'm not a millionaire or getting ready to jet off to any exotic location for the holidays (though I did see some interesting "wildlife" in South Beach while attending a recent conference !). In my suburban neighborhood, even with cutbacks and belt-tightening, we've got good schools, libraries and lots of resources for our children. In many inner city neighborhoods in America, that's not the case, and it's often the fault of adults who have other agendas. I was shocked when my political gal pal Veronica Arreola,...

Share Your Story on 10.10.10 - One Day on Earth

October 6, 2010
Imagine what it’s like when musicians from disparate countries, playing diverse instruments, dedicated to different genres come together on one stage, having never met each other before. Initially the collaboration produces dissonance, but among skilled practitioners dedicated to their craft, disharmony transforms into harmony and something altogether new forms. This is what took place in 2008 at the World Festival of Sacred Music, and became the inspiration to create a similar collaboration, but this time using the medium of film, with the whole world as its stage. The project One Day on...
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Here's our chance to make school lunches awesome (not awful)

September 28, 2010
We’ve been talking about about the sad state of school lunches for years. But now we finally have a chance to start making school lunches more nutritious and more accessible. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is an update of the Child Nutrition Act. Now, to get this bill to the finish line, the U.S. House is our next step--and we have to act today. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S. 3307) needs to pass before Congress finally adjourns. Hungry kids can't wait. *Tell to your Representative pass a good child nutrition bill that improves access to healthy...
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To The Contrary, John Boland: Women's Shows Shouldn't Be Canceled

September 27, 2010
There's a party in my car every morning on the way to pre-school and childcare. We turn up "Dancing Queen," boogie under our seatbelts and make up words as we go along. It's the easiest way to get my two little ones excited about climbing into their carseats. After the drop offs, I say goodbye to ABBA and turn on the morning news radio, usually NPR. I've always loved the breadth and depth of news covered there and blessed absence of annoying ads. So after years of listening and learning, I made my first-ever donation to public radio last week. Yes! I was making a tangible contribution to high...
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Tax Plan Hurts Single Mothers and Working Families Most

September 15, 2010
I've said it before but it bears repeating - working ourselves out from under the rubble of this recession won't happen if we attempt to step on the more vulnerable members of society in the process. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to do just that with his tax bill, introduced on September 13. His proposal extends the Bush-era tax cuts - all of those most beneficial to the highest-income earners in the nation - while forgoing those tax cuts which would most help lower income families, especially single mother-led households. According to the National Women's Law Center ,...

Speaking in Tongues: A Film. A Challenge.

September 15, 2010
With all the talk of “Restoring Honor” and taking back our country, I’ve been thinking a lot about the changes in America that feel so threatening to some. We are living through revolutions in just about every sphere of life. Some revolutions can be terrific. Like the American Revolution. Or the technological revolution that enabled us to throw out our bulky typewriters for increasingly thin, fast and powerful computers. A revolution in learning and human relations needs to accompany the technology shift – and this is where it can get tricky. At a time when national borders mean less and less...
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New Latino Voter Poll Shows Early Learning is a Winning Issue

September 9, 2010
I am tired of political candidates who want to win the “Latino vote” without actually investing any time or energy into addressing the concerns of the Latino community. As a mixed race woman, I’m concerned about any candidate who sees the needs of California and the needs of California’s Latino children and families as two separate issues. That’s why I’m excited about the results of a recent statewide poll showing that nearly 7 in 10 Latino voters say they are more likely to support candidates who want to increase funding to make high-quality preschool and early learning more accessible and...

Who is Paying for Your Child's School Supplies?

August 31, 2010
I got used to pulling out my wallet for my school kids. The same shopping trip for the shot glasses, my own little boy asked if he could have something-or-another. I remember telling him, “Sweetie, we can’t afford that.”
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42 Things to Get Your Kid Ready for School

August 23, 2010
Is there something else a parent can do to prepare the kids for a successful year?
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