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No Safety Here

August 8, 2016
A month and four days have passed and I’m still on edge. On July 4th my family and I traveled to Carowinds, a very popular amusement park that borders the line between North and South Carolina. As a Black American I have never believed in actively celebrating a holiday based on freedoms not...
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Head Smacker: During the Height of Mosquito Season, Congress Recesses — Without Fighting Zika

August 8, 2016
For months, public health officials have warned that the Zika virus eventually would show up in the continental U.S. They warned of this back in the winter, months before the mosquitoes that help transmit Zika were on most people’s radar screen. They warned of this in early summer, when Congress opted to recess for a very lengthy vacation and campaign season, without passing desperately needed funds to help fight Zika. They warned us. And now Zika is here.
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Moms Aren’t Taking a Recess from Advocating for Recess

August 4, 2016
With a new school year upon us, it seems a good time to give you an update on our effort to ensure Florida's public elementary school students receive the 20 minutes of daily recess they so desperately need and deserve. While our recess bill made it through the House last session, Sen. John Legg,...
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My Mother, My political Inspiration, My rock

August 3, 2016
Nancy Knighton, the best mom ever, a successful IT professional that did so well she was able to retire early to raise me and my brother, a breast cancer survivor, a public servant, a single mother, a super volunteer, a role model, a woman of faith, a good friend, all around one of the finest women...
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I Mourn, With Hope

July 21, 2016
Today I mourn. Yesterday I mourned. I mourned for the history that has brought us to these days. I mourned for slavery, for lynching, for Rodney King to Philando Castile and everyone in between. I mourn for the officers killed in Dallas last night. I mourn for the African-American man who's heart...
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Speak up to keep our daughters safe from female genital mutilation

July 12, 2016
I am a survivor of female genital mutilation (FGM). I am also a mother. I’ve dedicated my life to ending FGM and other gender-based violence; I refuse to see my children’s peers undergo the same trauma I endured. While many consider FGM to be an international issue, it affects women and girls here...
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How to Win Mom's Vote

July 11, 2016
More than 20 million moms with kids at home are likely to vote in the presidential election this fall, but the very real concerns they have for their children are too often overlooked. In the 2012 presidential race, nearly 10 million more women than men voted for president – 71.4 million women...
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Child Care Assistance—A Key Support for Working Families—Needs More Robust Funding

July 11, 2016
Quality child care enables parents to work or go to school while also providing young children with the early childhood education experiences needed for healthy development. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-...
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Both Moms and Children Benefit from Early Learning Opportunities

July 11, 2016
Today, the majority of moms with young children are working and high-quality child care and early learning opportunities can help them support their families. Nearly two-thirds (64.2 percent) of women with children under age six are in the labor force. The evidence is clear that high-quality early...
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Soy una educadora de temprana edad y madre – y quiero que todo padre sepa esto

July 11, 2016
Como una madre de tres y una educadora de temprana edad, he visto el poder del aprendizaje temprana de alta calidad de ambos perspectivas. Me he convertido a una defensora, creyente, y activista de la educación de temprana edad no solo por lo que veo en mi clase, pero también de lo que veo en casa...
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