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Happy December! And what a month it's been. Thank you once again for the tremendous work getting out the vote this fall. We were so amazed and inspired by the thousands and thousands of actions MomsRising members took to get friends and family to the polls. From texting voters to writing postcards, it all made a big difference! We're back with our list of top, urgent, hot and important actions from the past week, featuring important actions on immigration, gun safety, paid leave, and more. This...
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Karen Showalter
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If the public charge rule published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on October 10 is finalized in its proposed form, it would mark a significant departure from the government’s current policy. We answer frequently asked questions about the proposed public charge rule here.
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Xochitl Oseguera
It’s time to use our outside voices for health care! Healthcare.gov is open for business now through December 15th. With only 10 days left during open enrollment, time is short and we need YOU to be a #HealthcareHero by helping us spread the word! Take action and help get the word out about open enrollment in health care. Use our Open Enrollment toolkit to help spread the word! https://moms.ly/OE6Toolkit We need your voice! While the marketplaces are stable , enrollment is down 11% so far...
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Felicia Burnett
This week, Jewish families around the world are celebrating the holiday of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is an eight-night "festival of light" that celebrates the the miracle of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, defeating one of the mightiest armies on earth, the Greeks, against all odds. Many families light a menorah (adding a candle each night), play games with a dreidel , eat foods made with oil ( latkes and sufganiyot !), and spend time with loved ones. When I was growing up there weren’t a ton of...
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Elyssa Koidin Schmier
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Last week we got some sobering news on children’s health in North Carolina: After years of progress, the rate of children with no health coverage in our state has reversed course. Nearly 5% of kids in North Carolina now have no health insurance (that’s 119,000 children) – despite the fact that our economy is on an upswing. The Georgetown Center for Children & Families released a new report that showed an uptick in the rate of children without health insurance nationwide – for the first time...
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Ciara Zachary
Intense does not begin to describe last week's staff retreat. Anti-oppression and anti-semitism training, visits to the The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarcerationand and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice exploring enslavement and lynching, and a dance party (because sometimes you just have to release) stirred all the emotions. From visceral and raw sorrow to heart-exploding love to pure exhaustion, I mean all. the. Emotions! I am grateful to be apart of an organization...
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Tina Sherman
As a parent, I believe that it is essential that my children feel not just physically safe, but also socially and emotionally safe in their schools. As a mental health professional who has worked in both elementary and high schools, I have seen that physical safety is often the primary focus in schools. However, I have also seen that young people need just as much, if not more, socioemotional support. Socioemotional support occurs when a student participates in interventions that offer positive...
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Keisha Mathew
On the radio show this week, we hear about power of YOUR word and YOUR story; how to stop voter suppression and voter intimidation, the fight to end gun violence, and what you can do to stop human rights abuses on our southern border. *Special guests include: Jamia Wilson, award-winning writer and executive director of The Feminist Press, @jamiaw Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, @LawyersComm Gloria Pan @GloPan National Campaign Director, Gun Safety MomsRising...
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Amber Dorsey
Now that Black Friday starts at many stores on Thanksgiving night itself, holiday shopping madness is in full swing even before you put away the leftovers. And many of the season's strongest sales pitches are directed right at kids. If you want to enjoy the holiday on your terms, it'll take a concerted effort to replace holiday marketing messages with your own. Start training yourself and your kids now to think more critically about the rampant consumerism on display during the holidays. Before...
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Caroline Knorr
Wow -- we’re overwhelmed by the generosity we received on Giving Tuesday from dedicated supporters like you. So was the generous donor who offered to match your gift. That’s why she’s offered to extend the Giving Tuesday Match ONE MORE DAY ! We’ve made great progress, MomsRising, but we haven’t reached our goal of $15,000 quite yet. If you missed the chance to join our Giving Tuesday campaign yesterday, you can still make a difference in the lives of women and families today. Donate now and...
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