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This week all of our thoughts are with those in the path of Hurricane Florence. Many of our MomsRising staff and members are in the path of the storm, and we know first-hand how intense the experience can be. We are thinking of you today. Please see this week's list of top actions below, including a call for justice for Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria. We also have easy and urgent actions around SNAP, the Kavanaugh nomination, back to school, and our exciting #MomsVote program. Thank...
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Karen Showalter
The devastation and heartbreak Hurricane Florence has brought to North Carolina is hard to comprehend. Even now as the storm leaves our state, North Carolina families are facing flood waters, struggling to find food and clean water, and anxiously wondering when they can return home. Every single day MomsRising is proud that our more than 42,000 North Carolina members come from all 100 counties and every corner of the state. But today our hearts are breaking with all of those whose lives have...
Hispanic Heritage Month is here! From September 15th to October 15th, the nation celebrates the culture, heritage and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. This year, MamasConPoder , our Spanish speaking community is kicking off this month-long celebration with a powerful mission: Registering Latinx to vote! There are approximately 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in the United States. Sadly, 41% of eligible Latino voters did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. It's time to...
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Linda Stone
The "school-to-prison pipeline" is a troubling national trend where children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. It starts when kids are pushed out of the classroom, typically for nonviolent offenses, effectively reducing valuable learning time, and making it harder for struggling students to keep up. With increased police presence in schools student challenges or disputes are turned over to police instead of being addressed by school staff and...
A woman is in labor — separated from her loved ones and shackled. She struggles against her restraints as she tries to follow the doctor’s instructions. Weighed down and on a short tether, she cannot position herself properly, let alone find any comfort. The pain of labor is intensified by degradation at the hands of her captor. It sounds like something out of a dystopian novel; far from fiction, it is the reality of far too many incarcerated women, across the country and right here in Ohio. In...
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La'Tasha Mayes
On September 20th 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through communities in Puerto Rico, devastating the Island. Maria knocked out 100 percent of the electrical grid, and 95 percent of cellphone t owers in Puerto Rico, triggering a collapse in emergency communications. A federal report found that FEMA staff were not ready to support recovery efforts in #PuertoRico, including not having enough bilingual employees to communicate with local residents or translate documents. While officials initially...
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Khadija Gurnah
It’s crunch time in terms of securing a Farm Bill that protects SNAP (food stamps) and we need all the help we can get to ramp up energy and make sure our voices are heard by our elected officials! This is an urgent matter: 1 in 6 children in our nation are experiencing food insecurity and we can’t cut access to food now. It’s time to act. We have 3 very important, quick actions you can take to make sure you speak out and let your members of Congress know that we expect them to protect SNAP in...
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Elyssa Koidin Schmier
As I sit in my home here in Raleigh, NC awaiting the arrival of Hurricane Florence, I have an overwhelming and anxious feeling about all of the unknowns yet to come. We know there will be a huge amount of rain, wind, and downed trees, but we don’t know yet whether the impact will be a couple days of inconvenience, or weeks—possibly months—of devastation and clean up. Reflecting on this feeling after watching a week’s worth of hearings for Judge Kavanaugh (President Trump’s nominee for the U.S...
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Felicia Burnett
With Hurricane Florence on our doorstep, we’ve learned that t he Trump administration has diverted $10 million from FEMA ‘response and recovery’ to spend on ICE incarceration . This diversion of precious funding from disaster relief in order to pay for the separation and incarceration of families is stunning, unconscionable and unacceptable. Tell your U.S. Senator to say NO to further funding for family separation and incarceration! This funding move is just the tip of the iceberg ! Family...
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Khadija Gurnah