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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 list is your activist cheat-sheet, making it easy to catch up on actions you might have missed. And remember: sharing the link with friends and family makes a big difference too! 

Thank you for all you do, and here we go! => 

1. Say NO to Funding for Family Separation and Imprisonment

BACKGROUND: As many of us were winding down holiday celebrations, we were horrified to see photos of our government tear gassing mothers and toddlers who are seeking asylum at our border. The cruelty is breathtaking. Our country has the capacity and policies in place to process asylum seeking families in a humane manner. Instead, the Trump administration is asking Congress for more money so that they can implement increasingly cruel practices to target immigrants both inside the U.S. and at our border. Tell the U.S. Congress to stand up against these cruel practices and to hold the Trump administration accountable by not financing the administration’s cruelty to immigrant families! #ProtectFamilies

-> ALSO: Send a letter to your local paper about family separation. We make it easy: click here to get started

2. Pledge to Continue to Fight for Gun Safety in 2019

BACKGROUND: Every year, more than 100,000 people in the United States die or are injured by firearms. America’s moms mourn every person killed and every child victimized and traumatized by the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our country, and we must do better in 2019. Stand with MomsRising to let leaders know that we demand they act to advance gun safety and community safety immediately. We will deliver pledge signatures to every member of Congress so they know that we are paying attention, watching their votes, and counting on them to prioritize families over the gun lobby.

3. Make Sure You’re Covered for 2019 Open Enrollment! (And help make sure others #GetCovered too!)

BACKGROUND: Healthcare.gov is open for business now through December 15th. With only days left during open enrollment, time is short and we need YOU to be a #HealthcareHero by helping us spread the word! Since President Trump has gutted funding for outreach efforts, it’s up to us to help get the word out. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that a majority of those most affected by open enrollment are unaware of the current open enrollment deadlines. We’ve created a handy bilingual Open Enrollment toolkit that you can use to spread the word about open enrollment and be a #HealthcareHero. Take action and help get the word out about open enrollment in health care. Use our Open Enrollment toolkit to help spread the word! https://moms.ly/OE6Toolkit #GetCovered, #EnrollByDec15

4. Why is Paid Family Leave Important to You? Please Share! 

BACKGROUND: Nearly everyone at some point needs to rearrange their lives to recover from their own serious illness, provide care for a loved one, or to care for a new or adopted child. Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters. You shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it. Lawmakers and decision-makers need to know just how important paid family leave is to families. What has your experience been? Share it here and we'll deliver it to lawmakers to help them understand why paid leave is so important!

 

5. #KeepMarching: It’s a Year-End Match!

BACKGROUND: As we head into 2019, we’re facing some of the greatest challenges of our movement — protecting health care, reducing gun violence, fighting for immigrant families’ rights, shining a bright spotlight on the maternal mortality crisis, and so much more. To win for moms and families, we must get stronger. Can you help? Please help us hit the ground running in 2019 with the most generous contribution you can — and your gift before Dec. 31 will be MATCHED! Thank you. Your gift means so much to us, to our movement, and to all the people who benefit from your generosity.

Thanks for all you are doing this election season and beyond! Together we are more powerful than the forces seeking to divide us. 

 


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