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La reforma migratoria no puede esperar

May 14, 2014
Por Rosa El domingo pasado, por undécimo año consecutivo, llamé a mi madre para desearle un "feliz día de la madre", pero no pude verla. Soy una de los 12 millones de personas indocumentadas en Estados Unidos. Por más que quisiera ver a mi madre, ir a mi casa en Honduras podría significar no regresar a Estados Unidos. Como principal sostén de mi familia, no puedo dejar que eso suceda. Honduras es uno de los países más pobres en América Latina; un tercio de las personas que viven mi país sobrevive con menos de un dólar al día. En casa hay muy pocos puestos de trabajo y pocas oportunidades;...
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“It Blows My Mind that I Have to Sign a Law”: Massachusetts becomes 21st State with a Law Against Shackling Pregnant Women

May 16, 2014
After signing a bill to outlaw the shackling of women in labor, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told the packed room, “It blows my mind that I have to sign a law for that.”
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Immigration Reform Cannot Wait

May 14, 2014
Last Sunday, for the eleventh year in a row, I called my mother and wished her a “Happy Mother’s Day,” but I wasn’t able to see her. I’m one of the estimated 12 million people living in the United States without documentation. As much as I want to see my mother, going home to Honduras could mean I would not be able to return to America. As my family’s primary breadwinner, I can’t let that happen. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America; one-third of the people living in my country survive on less than one dollar a day. At home there are very few jobs and little opportunity;...
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Groundbreaking Bill for Pregnant Women in Prison Goes to Massachusetts Governor

May 12, 2014
Today the Massachusetts Legislature sent Governor Deval Patrick an important and long-awaited bill to guarantee minimum standards for pregnant women in jail and prison, including strict limits on shackling. Governor Patrick has ten days to sign the bill into law. He has already said he wants to sign it . Wins The bill bans the use of any restraints on women during labor and childbirth, period. No exceptions. The bill bans the use of waist chains and leg irons on women who are pregnant or who have given birth, period. No exceptions. This is one of the most far-reaching protections in any state...
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Get Involved: Global Day of Action to Cut Conflict Palm Oil

May 9, 2014
When problems seem overwhelming for our children, we remind them to take things “one day at time.” Amazingly, their problems often don’t seem so big or so overwhelming anymore. On May 20, 2014, you and your family can join me and my family and thousands of other folks around the world as we take one day and create thousands and thousands of actions around ONE ask : PepsiCo The Power to Cut Conflict Palm Oil is #InYourPalm. For most of us, making a difference and creating change around huge global problems like the destruction of the world’s rainforests and climate change seems way too big and...
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Just in Time for Mother’s Day, Minnesota Bill Against Shackling Pregnant Women Heads to Governor

May 8, 2014
Minnesota will soon join the other 19 states that have adopted laws to limit the shackling of pregnant women in prison.
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What I Learned From My Mother: The Power to Change the World

May 8, 2014
My mother taught me to “reach for the stars.” My mother taught me to believe in myself and to believe deeply and passionately for all that I strive for. She told if I am true to myself, that I can accomplish anything. Today, I am a national spokesperson on climate change action and advocacy. I am successful at this because it is my passion. I am driven by my hope for and the fierce love that I have for my children. As a mother, I believe strongly that it is my "job" to help change the world and make it a safe, secure and sustainable one for my children. Because of my mother, I believe that “...
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A Mother’s View on College- and Career-Ready Standards

May 6, 2014
By Leticia de la Vara, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR When my daughter was born 12 years ago, I was a young, scared mom. I wasn’t sure about much in terms of mothering, but I knew one thing: my daughter would own her future and deserved the best from me in order to get there. As mothers, we are always trying to do what’s best for our children. We worry not only about their health and safety, but also about their education, especially when it concerns meeting educational benchmarks appropriate for their age. Studies have conclusively determined that parental involvement in...
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Being a Low-Income Mother; Then and Now

May 6, 2014
In 1996, Bill Clinton officially announced that motherhood was not work. He did this through his Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act . This legislation stated that people could no longer receive benefits unless they fulfilled 30 hours per week of out-of-home work requirements. Clinton said this would “end welfare as we know it.” And it did. Since 1996, the number of families with children living in extreme poverty ($2 a day or less) has increased by nearly 130% . When I started interviewing mothers for Gross Domestic Product , I focused on mothers who were receiving, or had at...

#WhatMothersNeed: For Our Children to be Protected from Toxic Chemicals

May 6, 2014
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve been seeing more and more ads in my Facebook feed for Mother’s Day gifts. I’m not interested in a new necklace or a massage (OK a massage does sound nice…). The best gift I could possibly receive is the knowledge that the products I buy in the store for my family are safe and toxic-free. There’s a lot going on nationally around the issue of toxic chemicals in consumer products and right here in my home state we have an opportunity to really take a stand in support of creating a better Connecticut for our children. There’s a bill waiting for action in...
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