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We're back with this week's list of top #5Actions from the past week, featuring hot items around defending a woman's right to choose, demanding justice for Eric Garner, Delrawn Small and Tamir Rice, and speaking up for child nutrition programs and pregnant workers. Your voice is urgently needed; please scroll through to be sure you've signed them all. Then share with friends and family, too! Thank you for all you do, and here's the list => 1. Tell Governors to Protect Women and Stand Firm...
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VICTORY IN NC! State employees of any North Carolina department, agency, board or commission under the oversight of the Governor can access up to eight weeks of paid parental leave after giving birth or four weeks of paid parental leave after a partner gives birth or to bond with and care for a child in the event of adoption, foster care or other legal placement. Parents will receive 100 percent of their regular pay while on parental leave. Read more in our Newsroom:
Most women who have abortions are already moms . Being able to manage how many children we have and when we have them has been nothing short of revolutionary — not just for women and mothers , but for our country as a whole. It has helped to narrow the gender pay gap, improved the health of women and their families, and led women toward access to increased economic and political power. Following on the heels of Georgia, Alabama just passed the nation’s most restrictive reproductive healthcare...
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Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
My mother was diagnosed with a mental illness years after arriving in the United States from Sri Lanka. Some of the doctors she saw believe her illness began as postpartum (maternal) depression that was unrecognized and undiagnosed years earlier. Since her diagnosis 30 years ago, my father and I have asked many questions and shared frustrations about the U.S. medical system, wondering why she was not diagnosed and treated early. Because she came from a different culture, my mom was rarely...
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Isha Weerasinghe
For some kids, summer means getting on the computer and not getting off 'til September. And even though a lot of parents relax their screen limits over the break, allowing a full-on hibernation is just not gonna happen . And it shouldn't. Kids need to get outside, of course. But they also need to stretch themselves in ways that they can't during the school year -- and that no app, game, or streaming TV show, no matter how educational and meaningful, can give them. The slide into the summer-...
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If federal immigration agents came to your family’s child care program to arrest or interview a parent or staff member, would program staff know what to do? Would they know that immigration agents are generally restricted from entering their centers? An unwelcome, unexpected visit from immigration agents or other law enforcement officials would be scary for children and adults. But having a plan in place—and communicating that plan to staff and parents—can help to ensure the safety and privacy...
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Rebecca Ullrich
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Having a child always seemed overwhelming even though I have worked in education throughout my career. I was terrified to bring a black child into this world, knowing how hard it would be for them. However, when your father dies and mother suffers a stroke, your priorities change. I was blessed to be raised in a home that taught me to be proud of my culture as well as the importance of giving back to my community. I wanted the opportunity to instill these values into someone who can continue...
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Angela Andrews
Not about abortion
On the #BreakingThrough radio show this week we cover the attack on women’s bodily autonomy and what you can do to protect your rights. We talk about what’s happening in Washington DC that’s hopeful and not-so-hopeful, including conversations around impeachment. We’ll also discuss the good news about the BE HEARD Act and how we can win against all odds. *Special guests include: Erica Sackin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, @PPFA Reggie Hubbard, MoveOn, @MoveOn Vania Leveille, ACLU, @...
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Amber Dorsey
Voices for Healthy Kids School Wellness
Within Kansas City, MO, a baby born in one neighborhood had a life expectancy 15 years shorter than a child born just a few miles away. Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO),a driving force for social justice and health in Kansas City and a Voices for Healthy Kids grantee, responded to the challenge in many ways. That comprehensive approach to improving health, particularly in neighborhoods that historically have lacked access to financial investment and opportunities, helped Kansas City win a 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.
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Stephanie Vaughn