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In today’s installment of We Are MomsRising, we talked to Joan in Washington, D.C. about how the government shutdown is impacting her and her family. Read her story below. To learn more about the We Are MomsRising campaign, check out this blog post . I didn’t know it then, but December 21st would be my last day at work for some time. It’s now January 15th, and I have no idea when I’m going back. I also don’t know when my next paycheck is coming. I’m a mother to two small children, ages five and...
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Raise your hand if you agree: Apps for kids shouldn’t serve deceptive ads, collect personal data, or trick children into making in-app purchases. Both of my hands are way up! But Google recommends a slew of “family-friendly” apps that do JUST THAT. Ugh. I'm so tired of the ads and tricks hidden in kids' apps, and it is time for a change. Click this link to join our campaign and tell Google that apps should be for kids, not advertisers! Apps can be a great learning tool for children. They can...
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Karen Showalter
What do you remember from 2018? Did you share pics of your kid on Facebook? Did you sneak a peek at their texts with their friends? Did you yell at them to get off their devices ? Did you watch a movie that made you both laugh (or cry) ? Did they send you a text that filled your heart and reminded you of why you had kids in the first place? So much of our daily lives revolves around media and tech that we barely notice it anymore. But we should. Why? Because these moments are the stuff of life...
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Caroline Knorr
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Happy Friday! We're already up to full speed in 2019, and we need all hands on deck to speak out about the government shutdown, as well as priorities for the new Congress. And we're celebrating a big victory this week too! Scroll down to take action and find out more. As always, THANK YOU for all you do, and PLEASE SHARE this important list with friends and family. On to the top #5Actions of the past week! => 1. Tell Congress: End the Government Shutdown BACKGROUND: Some 800,000 people in...
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Karen Showalter
Alexandria danced steps of needed change, Ilhan inspired a U.S. House rules change, Kyrsten’s sleeveless swearing in showed strength, Nancy’s age made her all the more brilliant, and I’m thanking our lucky stars the world is finally changing for the better with the evidence showing up in the U.S. House of Representatives. We just elected a Congress with more women and more people of color than ever before in the entire history of our nation — and people are thankfully changing up Washington and...
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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
The government shutdown closed my child care center, but my husband and I have to work. That means we're paying for child care twice.
Today is Day 19. Some 800,000 federal employees are affected by the Trump Government Shutdown. These include approximately 420,000 workers deemed essential and working without pay, and about 380,000 workers who have been furloughed without pay. These numbers do not include workers employed by contractors hired by the government, who are also out of work. While federal employees have been granted back pay after shutdowns ended in the past, contracted workers (including cleaning and restaurant...
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David Elliot
Steel or concrete, President Trump’s wall is a useless, wasteful and increasingly tired ploy. The President once again chose to mislead and to sow fear. The vast majority of families with children or children alone who seek asylum in the United States are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries. Between April 19 and Sept. 30, 2018, investigations of adults and children crossing the border found that they were indeed related family members; only one-quarter of one percent were not...
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Debbie Weinstein