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When You Shop, Think About Moms in Retail

June 10, 2014
Last week, moms who work at Walmart walked off the job across the country. Joined by co-workers and allies, they have been calling for respect and decent wages—at least $25,000 a year—and demanding an end to retaliation against employees who speak out for better working conditions. They also took their message to Walmart chairman and heir Rob Walton personally, and to the annual Walmart shareholders meeting. Walmart mom Evelin Cruz of the Pico Rivera, Calif., store said , “I’m striking for Barbara, for Tiffany and for other moms who Walmart has tried to silence. Our families cannot continue...
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Pre-K in PA Crosses Party Lines

June 9, 2014
Early childhood education continues to receive growing support from within Pennsylvania. Through the statewide Pre-K for PA campaign, educators and community leaders are not the only ones expressing a commitment to investing in the state's youngest learners. Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and Former Gov. Mark Schweiker (R) toured the state from Erie to Philadelphia to encourage their state leaders to commit to pre-k for all Pennsylvania 3 & 4 year olds by 2018. Convening in Philadelphia at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Governor Mark Schweiker noted how the investment makes...
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Way to Go Colorado! Much Needed Child Care Assistance Signed into Law in the Centennial State

June 9, 2014
Newsflash: Child care is expensive . In a majority of states, the cost of child care for an infant exceeds the cost of public college tuition . That cost pinches the wallets of all families with young children in paid child care. For low-income families, it’s much more than a pinch— on average, families in poverty who pay for care spend nearly one-third of their income on that care . Child care costs in Colorado are particularly high relative to median income—on this measure, Colorado ranks among the least affordable . But parents will have help with these costs thanks to new state...
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A Mixed CD

June 8, 2014
I went back to Miami, Florida recently to visit my mom for Mother’s Day and found a bunch of my old mixed CDs from when I was 15. I decided to give one a listen and what I heard was an amazing amalgamation of Shakira, Boys to Men, Enrique Iglesias, and Savage Garden. Listening to it made me smile, because even in my early teen years, the seeming incongruence of being Latina and American defined my spaces—or as my dad always put it—being a "Café con Milk" kid. I’ve always felt the most comfortable in spaces where “Spanglish” is the norm—surrounded by people with which I can smoothly move from...
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Un CD Mezclado

June 8, 2014
Volví a Miami, Florida recientemente para visitar a mi madre por el Día de las Madres, y encontré un montón de mis viejos CDs mezclados de cuando tenía 15 años. Decidí escuchar uno y lo que oí era una combinación asombrosa de Shakira, Boys to Men, Enrique Iglesias y Savage Garden. Escucharlo me hizo sonreír, porque hasta en mis años de la adolescencia, la aparente incongruencia de ser Latina y estadounidense me definió, o como mi papá siempre decía, la identidad de ser una niña de <<Café con Milk>>. Siempre me he sentido más cómoda en espacios donde el “Spanglish” es normal—...
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Family Caregivers, the Future, and Now

June 5, 2014
My friend and colleague in the fight for family caregivers, Janice Lynch Schuster, recently had a conversation with her children about what may happen when she becomes older. It went like this, as Janice wrote in Fierce Urgency of Now: Family Caregivers and the Future that is Upon Us for the blog Disruptive Women in Health Care: Just before Mother’s Day, I was a guest on an Al-Jazeera news segment focused on the challenges of aging in America. It was my first-ever news appearance, and, later, I proudly showed a recording to my adult daughters when they came by to visit. The segment included a...
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Celebrate with Us!

June 3, 2014
After countless hours of planning, writing and a lot of behind-the-scenes work, we are pleased to unveil MomsRising’s new Spanish-language website for the Latino community, MamásConPoder.org!
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¡Celebre con nosotras nuestro nuevo sitio!

June 3, 2014
Después de muchas horas de trabajo detrás del telón, estamos muy contentas de presentarles MamásConPoder.org , la comunidad de habla hispana de MomsRising.org . Como mamás latinas conscientes de la situación política actual, estamos muy orgullosas de ser parte de éste proyecto donde MomsRising.org está dando un espacio de expresión y participación a nuestra comunidad. Sabemos que las mamás nos preocupamos por el futuro de nuestras familias y todo lo que afecta a nuestra comunidad incluyendo temas como son: una reforma migratoria justa, programas de aprendizaje de alta calidad para nuestros...
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Queering the Wage Gap

June 2, 2014
It has been over 50 years since John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, but we are still fighting for equal pay for equal work for all. Right now the wage gap is kind of like the faces on U.S. money...only straight white men earn full dollars. Everyone else is left with pocket change. The graphic above shows the average wage gap for all women (77 cents) and the averages for Black and Latino men (76 cents & 61 cents) and women (64 cents & 55 cents). When you add children to the mix, the numbers for women get worse. Mothers of any race, on average, earn less than their non-parenting...
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Leading by Leaning On Each Other

May 22, 2014
How I learned that in order to lead, women (and parents!) need to lean on each other.
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