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Does this election season have you stressed out? I’ve got a solution for you! Let’s Gourd Out The Vote and carve some electoral pumpkins! What the what? What is “Gourd Out the Vote” and what is an electoral pumpkin? A weird band? A polling firm? Nope! Gourd out the vote is a seasonal play on “get out the vote” and electoral pumpkins are my go-to election season stress reliever. Let me explain. A few years ago during a particularly stressful campaign, I found myself doodling and sketching out...
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Ruth Martin
With Voting Day just a few weeks away, get prepared and know your voting rights so you can make sure your vote counts on November 6th!
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Elyssa Koidin Schmier
Early voting has already started in California! Woohoo! This means you and your friends, family, and neighbors can make their voices heard at the ballot box today—you don’t have to wait until November 6th! It’s exciting stuff! I don’t know about you, but we #CantWait2Vote! ***Join us by pledging to vote early, absentee, or on Voting Day (November 6th!)! Let us know which method you’ll be using to vote (early, absentee, or Voting Day!) so you can inspire others to vote too! Studies show that...
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Elyssa Koidin Schmier
KIDS ! This post is for you (and your parents and caregivers)! Have the adults in your life finally listened to you about voting? CONGRATULATIONS! Sometimes a reminder from a kid helps grown ups figure out what they're supposed to do-- and to do it! Thanks to all your gentle and wise reminders, the adults in your life are: Making a commitment to vote Planning their next steps : Ensuring that they're registered to vote Finding out where their polling place is Figuring out how to get to the...
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Anita Sarah Jackson
October is HeadStart Awarness Month. In today’s installment of We Are MomsRising, we talked to Sheila in North Carolina about her experiences with Early Head Start and Head Start. Read her story below. To learn more about the We Are MomsRising campaign, check out this blog post . My story with Head Start started with my daughter Jaslene. She was was in a regular daycare where I was paying tuition. I lost my job as a contract interpreter for North Carolina when my position was defunded. I no...
"I receive childcare assistance through my local DHS office. If I didn’t get this assistance I could not work (even though I live paycheck to paycheck) and would have to apply for Welfare. I’m more than grateful for every penny I receive for childcare. Without it I would have to pay $120 a week! My daughter is learning so much from the program that is offered: she knows how to count, read (some small sentences,) knows her alphabet, and she knows how to draw. She is four years old." – Amanda...
When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and some in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right.
More than 4,100 Arkansans lost Medicaid coverage on Oct. 1, adding to the more than 4,350 adults in the state who were kicked off the Medicaid roles on Sept. 1. These nearly 8,500 adults lost their coverage due to the state’s harsh new work reporting requirements, which require beneficiaries to report at least 80 hours of work or work-related activities every month.
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Lecia Imbery
Low-income adults in expansion states are less like to report having unmet medical needs, are less likely to forego care because of cost, are more likely to have a usual place of care, and are more likely to receive selected health care services (like getting a flu shot or a blood pressure check) than their peers in states that did not expand Medicaid.
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Lecia Imbery
Happy Friday! We have a dual focus this week. With just over two weeks left until the election, we need all hands on deck to help get out the vote. See below for easy ways to get involved. At the same time, we need to keep the drumbeat going around critical issues like immigration. The Trump administration has actually introduced yet another effort to hurt immigrant families, and our voices are needed. Scroll down for a chance to thank Dr. Blasey-Ford, too. Please remember to share this list...
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Karen Showalter