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OMG! What is Congress Thinking?

September 25, 2013
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. That’s how far they’re ready to go. How far are you ready to go to protect our economy—and to see your family, friends, and neighbors have access to affordable healthcare? Tell Congress: Stop messing around with our national budget and economy. Get out...
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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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On Growing Up Poor & Why We Should Save the SNAP Program

September 20, 2013
This story first appeared on BiculturalMom.com . I grew up on Food Stamps. As a child that's all I knew. Well, that, and the long lines we waited in for cheese, butter and powered milk at the end of the month when food ran out. Or the glare looks from men and women in the grocery lines as my mother reached for her book of Food Stamps. As I got older, I learned to be embarrassed about our situation. I dreaded those eyes...all the people watching, and the comments my mom got for being a mother to four children and poor. I've talked before about how these types of situations created self-doubt...
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An Open Letter to the Employers of America

September 20, 2013
Listen-up employers of America…I’m going to give you five reasons why you should hire more of us – the women who want to work, yet need to be at school for pick-up at three o’clock.
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Playing Games with Our Kids: Moms vs. Congress

September 20, 2013
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 to the store, my mom would hold contests between my brother and I to see who could find the items on our grocery list in the least expensive brand, and to see who could find the sale items on the coupon list the fastest. At the time, I thought my mom was the only one who played this...
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Labor Day Shines Light on Challenges, Courage of Low-Wage Workers

August 31, 2013
Shaniqua , a 20-year-old mother, works for McDonald’s in New York City, where she can rarely get 40 hours a week. She struggles to afford food, diapers, and other basics. Nick , a McDonald’s worker in Indianapolis, survives on $800 per month while caring for his chronically ill mother and disabled brother. Medical bills from a recent sinus infection cost him nearly a month’s wages. Dearius , an assistant manager at a Memphis Church’s Chicken, says fast food workers are tired of struggling to provide for their kids. And Shonda , a 38-year-old mother of three who works at a KFC in Oakland, says...
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Tips on How to Join a MomsRising Tweetchat

August 30, 2013
What is a MomsRising Tweetchat? MomsRising tweetchats are opportunities to discuss core issue areas related to the economic security and well being of moms and families (like healthcare or food justice) by using a subject specific hashtag. We invite experts in the field to answer member questions, share the latest resources, and invite members to discuss their own views on the topics. The various issue areas have their own time slots and often repeat weekly at a pre-determined time, but sometimes we may have special issue tweetchats on other days that we advertise in advance. Joining our...
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This 50th Anniversary I’m Ready to Work

August 28, 2013
This afternoon I’m headed to the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. Today’s event is both a commemoration and call to action. Thousands are gathering to remember the 1963 March and to outline the remaining civil rights agenda. At times the 2013 civil rights agenda seems long. Just take a few data points for African American women economic security and you’ll see why. African American girls still only graduate at 65.3% nationwide and African American women face high rates of unemployment, at 10.5% . They are over-represented in many of the lowest...
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Moms Get Real About Race in America: A MomsRising.org Blog Carnival in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 28, 2013
This blog carnival was updated twice on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. Introduction by the members of the MomsRising Education Fund Board of Directors: Ai-jen Poo , Executive Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance Barbara Arnwine , President & Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joan Blades , Co-Founder of MomsRising.org, MoveOn.org and Living Room Conversations Julene Pérez-Gónzalez , Vice President of Business Development and Education at Hispanics in Philanthropy Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner , Co-Founder and Executive Director / CEO of MomsRising...
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