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QUICK SIGNATURE for Black Women's Equal Pay Day!

August 7, 2018
It’s happening. Again! And it’s not good. I’m talking about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – August 7th. This is the day that lifts up the outrageous fact that Black women in the United States earn only 63 cents on the dollar compared to White men. The wage gap between White men and Black women hasn’t...
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Top #5Actions of the Past Week: September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018
Happy Friday! We're back with this week's list of top actions, and it is robust. As fall and school kick into high gear, so does our work! From telling Congress *no* to more tax breaks for big corporations, to demanding banks stop funding for-profit prison and detention corporations, we've got work...
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NO MORE KIDS IN HANDCUFFS!

September 15, 2018
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,...
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Shackling of incarcerated pregnant women must end

September 14, 2018
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...
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We must fix this! Women don’t have to die from childbirth

September 13, 2018
A bipartisan piece of legislation, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017, H.R.1318 in the House, and the Maternal Health Accountability Act of 2017, S.1112 in the Senate were introduced in March 2017 to address our nation's maternal mortality and morbidity crisis. Currently, the United States...
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This Week On #RisersRadio We Remind You To Register To Vote

September 13, 2018
On the #RADIO show this week we cover #SCOTUS, birth control, and choice; the power of art, music and politics intertwined; immigration and corporate accountability: and the power of your VOTE (so make sure you’re registered to vote!)! *Special guests include: Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Physicians for...
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DC leaders: Fund the Birth-to-Three for All DC bill and leave Paid Family Leave alone!

September 12, 2018
So here’s a head scratcher for you: Just days before DC Mayor Muriel Bowser holds a Maternal and Infant Health Summit, she released a statement encouraging the DC Council to shift funding from the District’s Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 to the comprehensive Birth-to-Three for All DC...
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Why Aren’t We Listening to Mothers?

September 12, 2018
Becoming a mom should be one of the best experiences of our lives. But for too many women who give birth in hospitals, childbirth itself isn’t the joyous event it should be. Instead, it’s fraught with frustration, medical interventions we don’t want or need, and health problems for moms and babies that were avoidable.
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Tell Congress to pass maternal health legislation now!

September 11, 2018
“Exhausted from labor, I had no idea what to even say or ask. I never ended up receiving an overview of the process, nor any information on what I should expect or do post-partum. I was in the hospital for four days post op. Four days of excruciating pain due to being undermedicated. Four days of...
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On C-sections, Maternal Health, & #MaternalJustice

September 10, 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends an ideal C-section rate of 10 to 15 percent of all births or less. The current rate in the US is 31.5 percent, about one in three babies. Black women are more likely to have medically unnecessary C-sections and have a higher rate of maternal mortality...
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