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I was 17 and looking forward to escaping high school and going to college. ruby 12th grade, 1989-9 I was independent, an only child raised by busy single parents with their own social lives. I was intelligent, but insecure. I used sex as a way to get affection and feel wanted. I dropped by an older friend’s house one boring spring afternoon, and one thing led to another. I asked him to put on a condom, but he ignored me. Maybe you would have the confidence to stop things right then. I didn’t...
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Ruby Sinreich
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Did you watch the first all-female spacewalk today? WOW! We are inspired. Now let's each be superstars by signing and sharing our list of top 5 Actions from the past week! We're kicking things off with an important flu season-related call for Congress to support the Healthy Families Act, which provides paid sick days to care for yourself of a loved one. We're also urging Congress and state governors to end youth incarceration, demanding a full impeachment inquiry, speaking out about abortion...
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VOICES: We're featuring three moms' posts on healthcare this week. They were all so compelling, we couldn't choose just one. Leave a comment on the posts you read and let us know what you think, or share your own experiences. Thank you for being part of the MomsRising community! Single Mom Speaks Out On Affordable Health Care: "I Will Not Remain Silent" What I Still Need Policymakers to Know About Healthcare The Waiting Room TAKE ACTION: Keep the momentum going for impeachment! MomsRising...
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Anita Sarah Jackson
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Two years ago, I wrote a blogpost for Moms Rising about what I told Senators about my family’s health care needs. Two years later I need to speak again. My husband and I have two children with Down syndrome – a 16-year-old son and a 14 year-old daughter. Our daughter is nonverbal. Neither of my children will ever be able to live alone and both will need constant care for the rest of their lives. We are an average middle class family living in Arlington, VA just outside our nation’s capital...
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Suzanne Garwood
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently proposed a rule that would gut a long-standing civil rights protection called “disparate impact theory” under the Fair Housing Act that has offered recourse for countless people experiencing housing discrimination and segregation. Disparate impact allows people to challenge housing policies or practices that have a discriminatory impact on them because of their race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or...
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Sarah Hassmer
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Yesterday in the waiting room at a therapist’s office, I met a chatty 4-year old. I told his parents he reminded me so much of my son five years ago. His mother sat up a little straighter. She turned to face me directly. She asked me to imagine I could go back and advise myself five years ago, knowing what I know now, what would I recommend? What has worked for my kid, helped him? I looked into her pleading, searching, anxious face. She got out a pen. I noticed her jovial, relaxed husband’s...
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Tristin Aaron
The most difficult challenge over the years was paying for the escalating costs of health insurance before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. Health insurance is essential because without insurance there is no health care. My 51-year-old brother went to the emergency room in 2010 with a health crisis due to an undiagnosed condition that ultimately took his life a year later. He worked full time but could not afford insurance therefore he had no access to preventative care, testing, diagnostics, or any medical interventions.
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Nina Borgia-Aberle
Voices for Healthy Kids
"I think the broader you can make the issue of hunger, the more successful your efforts will be. It’s critical that people have enough to eat and can access nutritious food, but if you connect that issue to economic development, to supporting farmers, to improving public health then it becomes a conversation that involves everyone and everyone becomes invested in helping it succeed.”
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Stephanie Vaughn