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VoteRunLead Issues Challenge to Nation: Invite 50,000 Women to Run

September 15, 2014
I am excited to announce we launched VoteRunLead last week, the first online platform for women to learn to run and lead. We are challenging the nation to invite 50,000 women to run by election day on November 4th. If each of us invites three women to run we can exceed our goal. You'll be hearing more from me in the coming weeks and months. So excited to be part of this talented and vibrant community! September 9, 2014 VoteRunLead issues challenge to nation to invite 50,000 women to run for political office by election day and half-a-million by 2016 Partnering with Target and Omidyar Network...
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Punished for Being Poor: Black Mothers and the Sin of Poverty

September 9, 2014
Tamika Middleton is a lifelong social justice advocate committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppressions. In this post, Tamika writes about black mothers being punished for being poor. Tamika is a Writing Fellow for the Center for Community Change. Last week, Shanesha Taylor took her children home for the first time in months. In March, she went for a job interview to find stable housing for her family. Because she had no available childcare, Shanesha left her children in the car. She was arrested, and her children were taken away for five months. Just two...
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I'm a Koch Sister, Too!

September 8, 2014
You’ve heard of the Koch Brothers, the ultra-rich, corporate extremists whose deep pockets are flooding election-season airwaves. Too often, their goals are part of a political playbook to drive down wages, cut Social Security and Medicare and secure more corporate tax breaks at the expense of our environment. Their money may dominate American politics and law-making, but their values and ideals sure don’t. We have a better alternative. Meet The Koch Sisters , Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name but not the same values as the infamous Koch Brothers. They’re not related to David and...
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What High Quality PreK IS vs IS NOT: HINT Wear A Smock

September 2, 2014
As my friends and I – many teachers and all parents of school aged children – hustled this weekend to make sure our children were ready for the new school year, I found myself being asked many questions about early learning. In addition to being mom to five and an early childhood educator, I am a foot soldier for the new statewide initiative, PreK for PA ( www.prekforpa.org ). Literally. Going in and out of preschools, HeadStart programs, parent meetings, and legislative offices - I speak to the incredible value high quality early learning has to our communities. I left a wonderful classroom...
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Porky?!

August 28, 2014
"Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby." That's what one Member of Congress said to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand--while squeezing her waist.
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5 Reasons to Talk to Congress This August

August 20, 2014
August is a prime time to tell your Congressperson your thoughts on the federal budget issues that matter to women, families, and children, including Iraq, immigration, corporate taxes, unemployment benefits, and more.
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Women & Men Advancing Gender Equality Together

August 19, 2014
Carla Goldstein talks about building a stronger partnership between women and men; partnership that acknolwedges and embraces our interdependence, and that builds on our mutual interests in achieving gender equality.
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Support Leslie McSpadden, the mother of Mike Brown, and all families seeking justice

August 14, 2014
Please add your voice to the growing movement of parents who say enough is enough! Let's stand together for Leslie McSpadden, mother of Mike Brown, and all families seeking justice.
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Mothers, Democracy and Hurricane Iselle

August 13, 2014
The following post, with minor modifications, was first featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser as an op-ed last week, right before Hawaii’s state primary. The first sentence of the editorial read: " As this primary season comes to an end.. ." But the primary season did not end on Saturday as Hurricane Iselle hit parts of the state, impacting the ability of some residents to cast their ballots. So one polling location will open this Friday to serve those who were not able to vote, but it's still unclear whether they will truly be able to exercise their rights as citizens because many of them...
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Schedules That Work for Workers

August 12, 2014
A few weeks ago, President Obama convened a White House Summit on Working Families, an event attended by national leaders in business and labor. The event was designed to put the issues of working families under a national spotlight. I was proud to participate in this event, representing the AFL-CIO and millions of workers throughout the country, and I wrote at the time that collective action following the summit would be the true measure of the summit’s success. While the summit brought much-needed attention to urgent issues facing working families, we need real solutions to help us meet the...
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