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Immunizing our Viejitos for Democracy!

February 6, 2013
While traditional political campaigns were out knocking on doors this autumn to get out the vote, health care providers in one of America’s poorest (and most remote rural, Hispanic, Native American) counties tried a novel approach to civic participation: we vaccinated thousands of our elders for democracy. Rio Arriba County covers a geographic area the size of Massachusetts, but claims only 41,000 residents: approximately seven people per square mile. Ten to twelve thousand foot peaks make roads impassible in inclement weather. Many of Rio Arriba’s elders are retired subsistence farmers and...
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No Teachers With Guns, No Police in Schools

January 12, 2013
On December 30, 2012, President Obama said he doubted arming school police with guns will prevent future school shootings , but then January 11, 2013's EdWeek hints that he may yield to local law enforcement officers and communities if it has "bipartisan" support. While President Barack Obama said recently that he would be skeptical that more guns would be an answer to school safety , his administration is considering paying to add police officers to secure public schools, in part because it may be an area of agreement among lawmakers of all stripes. SIGN THE K12NN PETITION TO DROP THIS VERY...
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We Can Avoid the "Fiscal Cliff" Without Turning Our Backs on Our Most Vulnerable

December 4, 2012
Like most voters, Latinos cited jobs and the economy as their greatest concern in the days leading up to the election . The pressing importance of these issues led to an historic turnout of Hispanic voters in the 2012 election and overwhelming support for President Obama’s reelection. In the post-election period, Latinos are looking to our nation’s leadership to pursue policies that spur economic growth and keep us on the path to recovery. That progress, however, will be in jeopardy if our nation falls off the dreaded fiscal cliff on January 2, 2013, the day that deep spending cuts...
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Girls Rule.

November 15, 2012
Ladies, we are having a very good year. This election, a record number of women—binders and binders full of them—ran for office, and…best of all… won . In the new Congress, we will have 20 female Senators, up from 17. We will have the first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin, in Wisconsin. We will have the first Asian-American woman in the Senate, Mazie Hirono, and the first Hindu in Congress, Tulsi Gabbard. Last I checked, 81 women had been elected to the House, while a few races were still being counted. New Hampshire will have the nation's first all-female delegation. (Feel free to express...
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Federal Cuts to Education? We Say Kids, Not Cuts

November 15, 2012
My home state is California, and we just successfully survived our own state version of the "fiscal cliff" when it comes to education. Here, they were called the "trigger cuts." If Proposition 30 -- essentially part of the June 30, 2012 budget passed by the legislature that needed the people's thumbs up at the ballot box -- hadn't gotten that thumb's up, K-14 education would've seen $6 billion in "trigger cuts" starting in January, 2013. In our state alone. It was a nailbiter. I advised everyone to hedge their bets with a Yes on 30-38-39 vote (as did State Superintendent of Instruction Tom...
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Post-Election 2012– Teaching Kids How to Respectfully Disagree

November 7, 2012
This morning, amidst the windy chill before the season’s first snow, the children standing in line at our neighborhood bus stop kept warm as they kicked around one topic of banter among them: politics. It started when one very vocal boy said “I’m so mad Romney lost. I hate Obama.” Then a girl chimed in, “He’s the only person in the world named ‘Barack.’” Timidly, a younger boy added, “I’m glad about Obama.” Then the opinions really started flying between the children, as the big yellow elementary school bus pulled up to our corner. The spirited, but not unique, conversation got me thinking...
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What was that about pools and polls?

November 6, 2012
"Voting makes a better world!" - Anna, age 13. "Parents vote so that their children can have good leaders, and a good president, and better laws." - Adasa, age 10. "It's important for parents to vote because it's our future." - Connor, age 16. "If people didn't vote, there would be no president." --Elisandra, age 5. And two of our favorites: " If we don't go to the 'polls,' we can't swim ." - Vivi, age 3, mixing up polls with pools. " Mama, mama, mama ." - Bea, age 13 months. Election Day is TODAY and it's time to get out there and vote! Bring your kids with you to the polls! Make voting a...
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Your Guide to Avoiding Election Day Snafus

November 6, 2012
IT’S HERE! Election Day is today (November 6th!) and it's time to get out there and vote! It can be enough of a challenge just getting to the polls today, but it’s so important. Make sure that you have everything you need this election day to make your voting experience go smoothly. Find out: What's on your ballot How to find your polling location How to do election day voter registration Tips on breastfeeding at the polls Election day activities for kids ...and more, in this handy guide to avoiding election day snafus: Check your ballot: Plug in your address and you can preview your ballot...
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GMO: why you owe your kids a Yes vote on Prop. 37

November 5, 2012
Let's cut to the chase: 1/ there's no such thing as a scientific consensus on GMO ( genetically modified organisms ) safety—but a battle of opinions supported by studies that each side unsurprisingly deems irrefutable or deeply flawed 2/ GMO benefit nobody today but the IP owners of the patented seeds (or rather, their bottom line)--not the consumer, not the small farmer, despite the biotech industry's claims to the contrary: the former is unwittingly acting as a guinea pig, the latter is enslaved to patented seeds whose false promises have already driven many to suicide . As a consumer, I...
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Four Key Policy Priorities for Women Missing from Election Debate

November 5, 2012
By Caroline Dobuzinskis and Mallory Mpare As we head into the elections, and looking forward, what are some of the less-talked about issues that will be important to women after November 6? Women are often those making family decisions on education, child care, and health care. They are also more likely to serve as caregivers for children or older relatives. Perhaps as a result, they tend to be more likely to support providing services for families, children, and the elderly. The wage gap, women in the workplace, and access to reproductive health services have received much of the focus in...
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