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April 11, 2016
You would think a first time mother’s reaction to “congratulations, you are pregnant” would be happiness and not an anxiety ridden look of utter confusion. We had been trying for quite some time and I even went on a dose of Clomid so yes, we were hoping and expecting this news, but what I was not...
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Income Inequality: The Housing Struggle

April 8, 2016
“I was in Newark and Harlem just this week. And I walked into the homes of welfare mothers. I saw them in conditions—no, not with wall-to-wall carpet, but wall-to-wall rats and roaches. . . . [One mother] pointed out the walls with all the ceiling falling through. She showed me the holes where the...
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Kids with disabilities need support, not suspensions.

April 8, 2016
The stories are unbelievable! A Queens first grader with learning disabilities was handcuffed by police and suspended from school when he became upset while painting an easter egg in class. Alexa Gonzalez, a 12-year-old Queens girl was suspended from school and hauled off in handcuffs for doodling...
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Fact of the Week: Lower-Income Renters Spend Nearly Half of Income on Rent

April 7, 2016
Investing in housing and renters' assistance improves the health outcomes of infants and children and lowers healthcare spending.
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Sorry, Pfizer (Not Sorry!)

April 6, 2016
Cross posted from Coalition for Human Needs (CHN). Back in February, we at Coalition for Human Needs told you about a tax-dodging scheme that is all too common in this day and age: Pfizer, a U.S. pharmaceutical company and one of the world’s largest, wanted to avoid $35 billion in U.S. taxes on...
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Let's make early learning a priority in all cities

April 5, 2016
I know there’s a whole lot of yuck happening in national politics right now, but we have good news! In spite of all the yuck, local leaders are doing GREAT things on early learning across the country. Leaders like Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who is piloting an evidence-based 4-year universal pre-k...
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1,000,000 Women, Mostly Mothers, Are Behind Bars Or On Parole In The United States

April 5, 2016
1,000,000 women, mostly mothers are behind bars or under criminal justice supervision in the United States . Two-thirds of the women in federal prisons are serving time for challenges related to nonviolent drug abuse. They need treatment and counseling, not incarceration. Our justice system is...
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The Wage Gap: Short-Changing Women and Families

April 4, 2016
Let's fast forward to the year 2059. My 11-year old daughter Lucy will be 55, and my two-year old twins, Cecilia and Eleanor, will turn 45. It's fun to contemplate all that they might achieve over the next four decades. It's not so fun to think about the fact that it will take this long —4 0 years...
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The Time is Always Right to Do Right

April 1, 2016
March 31 is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last Sunday sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 1968 before his assassination four days later: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”. Dr. King said he believed a triple revolution was taking place in the world...
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Hey Congress: Opioid Abuse is Still an Emergency

April 1, 2016
More Americans die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes. That’s one of the reasons President Obama was in Atlanta this Tuesday speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the largest national collaboration of local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, counselors and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use.
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