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What Congress Did - and Didn't Do - Before Heading Home

December 21, 2015
Congress had a big week last week, passing the FY16 omnibus appropriations bill, which included important gains for low-income people, and passing a large tax package that made permanent tax credits for low-income working families. Before heading home for its holiday recess, Congress took care of a few other pieces of business, too. Unfortunately, they also left others to be dealt with next year.
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Wow, You Did All THAT in 2015? MomsRising WINS!

December 17, 2015
Sometimes it’s hard to see the many ways that small actions like signing a petition, sharing your personal experience, making a call, attending a local meeting, or playing a MomsVote debate game on social media add up over time and make a big difference. They do. Because we are MomsRising together...
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Chicago prosecutor blocked justice for a year

December 15, 2015
No child should fall victim to violence at the hands of those sworn to protect them. Last week, Chicago government officials finally released the graphic video of Police Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. After a year of sitting on concrete video evidence...
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Paring down Paris: What's it mean for families?

December 14, 2015
OK, so Julie and I didn’t actually storm the podium at the international climate change talks in Paris. But we are elated that a historic decision was reached there which lays the foundation for justice and hope for all of the world’s people. The Paris Agreement holds great promise for families in...
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The Education Inequality Struggle

December 11, 2015
This has been a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted after gutting a strong federal role in education policy designed to protect these children and...
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Pregnant in Prison on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2015
In 2012, Nicole G. was left to give birth alone in a Texas jail cell. Her baby’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and the baby died. This week, the county government decided to settle Nicole’s lawsuit rather than take its chances in court. The settlement “saves my client a lot more...
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Sign the GenderAvenger Petition for Morning Joe to Bring More Women to the Table

December 10, 2015
Lots of people are asking “Will we have a woman president?” At GenderAvenger, we’re asking “Will women have a say in how people think about the presidential campaign?” Right now, the answer appears to be “Not so much.” At least that appears to be the case on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. I watched the show...
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To Be a White Ally

December 8, 2015
I'm remembering how Sandra Bland, an African American woman in her late twenties, was pulled over by Trooper Brian Encinia, a white police officer, for not signaling a lane change. Some facts are clear: Sandra was less than a mile from the Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater where she...
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Top Six Ways Parents Can Push Back Against Harmful School Commercialism

December 8, 2015
Parents hoping to limit their kids’ exposure to excessive commercialism are understandably frustrated when marketers invade traditionally “commercial-free” venues outside the home, such as your child’s school. And school advertising abounds in many forms. Most of us are familiar with ads in...
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How to Talk to Facebook Conservatives About #BlackLivesMatter

December 7, 2015
Editor's Note: As an organization that shares the goal of racial equity as promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement, we felt this was an important blog post to share with our readers. There's a lot of great myth-busting -- please read and share with your social media networks, too! -Elisa...
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