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Moms Know How to Unite Us: Congress Should Follow their Lead and Pass FAMILY Act

May 5, 2014
Mothers often act us “uniters” in families, whether it’s settling petty sibling squabbles, or managing the more serious rifts and challenges that so many families face. And, more and more, moms bring families together as primary or sole breadwinners. Given this role, perhaps it’s not surprising that public policies to support working moms – and all working parents for that matter – also tend to unite Americans. In 2014, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day by calling upon Congress to follow moms’ lead and come together around a national paid family and medical leave insurance program . Here in the...
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The Evidence Is In—and More Former Cheerleaders Bring Facts to Light

May 1, 2014
Sometimes you know in your heart you’re right, but having solid facts at your disposal helps make the case if you get challenged.
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via Ebony: The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 40

April 23, 2014
Congratulations to MomsRising.org Senior Campaign Director Monifa Bandele and her husband Lumumba Bandele on being named one of Ebony's "Coolest Black Families in America"!
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Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

September 21, 2013
Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch's latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools . You won't like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that's exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race to the Top known as Race to the Bank due to the enormous payday tech companies, "edupreneurs," and charter chain operators stand to pocket from taxpayer money that instead should go to educating the nation's children. The official flickr photostream of the White House,...
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The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

April 14, 2014
If you groan about Tax Day, you’re certainly not alone. But what if Tax Day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family, and your community rely on – such as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services, and national parks? Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money . This is surprising, considering that individuals are our...
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An Ode To Rebel Parents

April 9, 2014
We parents can be such a smug bunch, and the internet only makes it that much easier for us to lob our judgments wherever we see fit: How dare you take your two young children on a treacherous deep-sea voyage!! -from The New York Times . What kind of mother are you to allow your 8-year-old son travel to school alone in dangerous New York City???? -from The New York Sun. You’re traumatizing your kid by demanding that your school change its field trip from going to Marineland! -from MetroNews.ca. You must be a child abuser to bring your kids to a public protest!! -from Youtube . These are only...

Proud to be our ‘Brother and Sister Keeper’ – Thank you Obama

March 8, 2014
This post originally appeared on Arit Essien's blog The Project C On Thursday, February 27, I proudly stood with those who came to the White House to celebrate President Barack Obama’s official announcement of “My Brother’s Keeper.” A lot of people had waited for this announcement for a very long time. I met people who had come from long distances to be there. Almost every member of theCongressional Black Caucus was there. Trayvon Martin’s parents and Jordan Davis’ parents were there. General Colin Powell, Rev. Al Sharpton—even Bill O’Reilly—came. I saw preachers, businesspersons, heads of...
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Food, Fashion and a Little History

March 4, 2014
Good work, moms!: No one seems to know exactly what to thank for the 43% drop in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds. Michelle Obama? Food stamp changes that make fruits and veggies more affordable for low-income families? I know who to thank: You…moms. Many factors probably contribute to this huge improvement, but the fact that kids are getting fewer sugar-packed drinks also points to you. “Free trade” comes to your kitchen: What does global trade have to do with what you feed your family? Plenty. International trade deals can limit the safety standards we require for imported food and how much...
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Thanks to NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Pregnant Woman is Back at Work

February 27, 2014
Floralba, a pregnant retail worker in the Bronx, was sent home on unpaid leave because she needed to temporarily avoid heavy lifting in order to prevent having another miscarriage. Last week, A Better Balance used the new law we championed, the NYC Pregnant Workers Fairness Act , to get Floralba back at work, with backpay, and to convince her employer to update it's policies in compliance with the law! This week, she has been pricing and hanging clothes instead of hauling heavy piles of clothes as she was required to do in the past. Thanks to this powerful new law, Floralba did not have to...
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Latin@ Tech Visionaries Descend Upon South by Southwest

February 25, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- For the first time ever, a Latin@ Tech Pre-Conference bringing together social entrepreneurs and tech visionaries will precede the prestigious South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas next month. And MomsRising will be a part of it! I will present in a session on utilizing online tools for social good. As for the other sessions, which are spread out throughout the day, I am honored to be among this company: Ben Jealous , civil rights activist and former president of the NAACP; Maria Hinojosa -- pictured on right -- Executive Producer and Anchor of Latino USA...
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