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Football, football, and more football...

October 7, 2013
Fall marks the beginning of football season, and fans come together to enjoy the thrill of watching their favorite teams battle it out on the field. There is no more popular sport in America, consistently the highest-rated on television and the first thing many of us look for in our local paper. However, an ongoing list of safety concerns spells trouble for the sport. Although all sports carry a risk of injury, football's violent nature and "gladiator" culture place it in a category of its own, especially regarding head trauma. The reality behind hits to the helmet is far more damaging than...
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Kids Before Corporations: Why Tax Reform Matters for Moms

September 25, 2013
Last week Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, S. 1533. It might not seem obvious, but Sen. Levin’s bill, which would close corporate tax loopholes and eliminate incentives for shipping jobs and profits overseas, would be a HUGE help for families and children in America. You might be asking yourself: What do tax havens have to do with motherhood and raising a family? Fair question. When corporations hide their profits offshore and avoid paying their fair share of taxes struggling families have to pick up the bill. On top of buying school supplies, groceries and gas...
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The Great Unshared Recovery: Millions of Us Are Worse Off Than in the Great Recession

September 22, 2013
Officially, the Great Recession ended in 2009. But after three years of “recovery,” there were 6.7 million more people living in poverty than in 2008, a recession year. We’ve been stuck with 15 percent of our people in poverty for three years. In the 2008 recession year, 13.2 percent were poor. Forty-six million poor people is a big and troubling number. But that is only part of the story of unshared recovery. More than one-third of us – 106 million people – are near poor, living one lay-off or health disaster away from very hard times. (For a family of four, if your income was below $23,492...
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Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

September 21, 2013
Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools . You won't like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that's exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race to the Top known as Race to the Bank due to the enormous payday tech companies, "edupreneurs," and charter chain operators stand to pocket from taxpayer money that instead should go to educating the nation's children. The official flickr photostream of the White House,...
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The Children Are Still Poor in America

September 18, 2013
Since the early part of the decade, the number of young children – those from birth to 5 years of age – living in poverty in the United States has been climbing. While that number held steady in 2012, according to data released today from the U.S. Census, the poverty report is far from good news. Our babies are still poor. Nearly 6 million young children—one in four children under the age of 6—live in poor households. The rate is higher yet for young Black children and young Hispanic children. What’s more, nearly half of young children live in low-income households that have to manage with...
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TAKE ACTION: Chutes and Ladders comes to our Capitol!

September 3, 2013
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 off! We’re organizing moms and kids from across the country to play a GIANT (like 40-foot-wide) game of Chutes and Ladders on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. We want your senators to play with us. Can you take two seconds and click a few buttons to...
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For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

July 29, 2013
If 2012 was the year of the woman, 2013 is the year of the working mom. And that's why I'm headed to California. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Doris Matsui and others announced a new Women's Economic Agenda, built on three key pillars for driving women's economic advancement: 1) equal pay for equal work, 2) work-family balance, including paid sick leave and a livable minimum wage, and 3) access to quality, affordable child care. As many have noted, these priorities are not new ideas. Women have been advocating for decades for these policies,...
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Save the Tooth Fairy! Toy Industry Execs Highjack a Childhood Icon

July 16, 2013
Some of the toy industry's most powerful players are trying to hijack the Tooth Fairy. Until now, the Tooth Fairy was one of the few iconic children's fantasy figures that escaped being captured, branded, and monetized. But shocking footage from a pitch to investors by Paul Yanover, CEO of Fandango and former Disney senior executive, shows that's about to change -- big time. The pitch is preposterous enough to be parody, but its intent is dead serious. "Can you believe?" the video begins , "that a childhood character known by millions worldwide has not yet been licensed?" To the alluring "ca-...
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Rally for Babies!

July 3, 2013
Are you all ready for tomorrow? At MomsRising, we've been setting up the sparklers, the sprinklers, and the BBQ, but there's one more thing we've all got to do to celebrate our nation's birthday: Rally for babies! Rallying for babies and toddlers is a great way to celebrate our nation's birthday, July 4th. Plus, when infants and toddlers get a strong start, our entire nation prospers. *Take a moment now to celebrate July 4th and rally for babies with a quick click of your mouse! Sign on to the open letter from MomsRising, Zero to Three, and many others, calling for investments in high-quality...
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Hey @FoxNews!

June 4, 2013
They took it too far this time. Did you hear what the all male panel (yes, a n ALL male panel! ) on Fox News said about working moms?! " Society dissolv[ing] around us ," said Lou Dobbs . A sign of " something going terribly wrong in American society, " said Juan Williams . Erick Erickson chimed in and said having moms as breadwinners was against " biology " and said people who defend moms are " anti-science ." We wish this was a joke. Fox News couldn't even bother to put an actual MOM on this panel to talk about working moms? We had to double check our calendars and turns out, it is in fact...
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