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Although the concept has been around for some time, social emotional learning (SEL) has become the new buzzword in education circles, joining the ranks of other child and youth-centered keywords including trauma-informed teaching, restorative justice, and positive behavior intervention schools. Each strategy in its own right is an attempt to center the whole child, and builds emotional intelligence in a school climate that has shifted over the years to focus on high stakes testing. A trauma-...
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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
On Thursday Congress passed a stopgap funding measure to keep parts of the federal government open until December 21, when Congress must pass another spending measure or again face a government shutdown. President Trump has said that he will veto any bill that doesn’t give him the $5 billion he has demanded for his border wall, even if it causes parts of the government to shut down and send federal employees into the holidays without their regular paychecks . Five billion dollars is not huge in...
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Lindsay Koshgarian
Yesterday, The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council rallied in support of Jazmine Headley, the Brooklyn mom whose child was violently taken away from her at a Brooklyn HRA office. If you’re not familiar with the situation, the young mom had been waiting for hours at the HRA office, and was sitting on the floor with the child. They asked her to get up, and she refused. The officer called the NYPD. Yes, you read that right. They called the NYPD. A female HRA worker called the NYPD...
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Diana Limongi
Voices for Healthy Kids
Nearly 1.9 million residents of New York City — almost a quarter of the city’s population — live in lower-income communities with limited access to healthy food retail, and data show they are at risk of poor nutrition and rising rates of heart disease. The American Heart Association in New York City, with support from a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, aims to help residents address these issues by advocating for city funding that will directly impact this outcome.
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Stephanie Vaughn
The way New York City’s social service agencies, police and courts treated Jazmine Headley was a horror show – but sadly, not a surprise. Too many young mothers face mistreatment and abuse from the institutions charged with helping them. We need accountability and reforms now. Like so many mothers, Jazmine Headley went to a social services office to get the help she needed. In her case, she was there to apply for a childcare voucher. Once there, apparently because she sat on the floor when no...
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Monifa Bandele
I have amazing and urgent news for you! We could get Congress to pass an important new law to support breastfeeding moms before the end of this year, but we have less than two weeks to get it done! The clock is ticking! Join me right now in urging Congress to stand up for breastfeeding moms and pass the Supporting Working Moms Act and Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act before they head home for the holidays. Here’s the scoop: Congress is set to adjourn for the year on December 13th, but...
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Tina Sherman
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This past weekend, birth workers convened in Atlanta for the first Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute . The Institute brought together doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, public health advocates, researchers and mothers with a singular commitment to address a national crisis: Black mothers are three to four times as likely to die from pregnancy complications as White mothers. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance convened the Institute, and advisory committee members noted that...
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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
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