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What happened in Durham

August 22, 2017
Like many people, a week ago I was feeling pretty down about the state of racial justice and just basic humanity in the United States. But then something happened. In response to the hate and violence displayed in Charlottesville, hundreds of Durhamites came together for a huge vigil on Sunday night. Many friends of mine posted pictures and powerful testimonials to the collective love they felt gathered together. But I also noticed that some activists had less satisfied responses, including frustration that the mostly-white event marginalized voices of color and those with more radical tactics. Much of that frustration fed into a Monday demonstration, which had already been planned to take place in front of Durham's old courthouse, where there was a confederate monument with an inscription to "the boys who wore gray."
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#MilitaryMonday: Postpartum Depression, Putting the Pieces Back Together

August 21, 2017
Recently I went to a local Modern Quilt Guild’s meeting. It was a “sit’n’sew” meeting, meaning women can sew together for 5 hours, with no other distractions. Boy, did I love the sound of that, just me, my sewing machine, and new quilting friends. As I sat and listened at the beginning of the...
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Groups Urge Judge to Release Pregnant Black Mother With Medical Complications from Texas County Jail Immediately

August 21, 2017
Keeping Kandace Washington in jail for months without proper medical care is unacceptable.
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UPDATED - VICTORY! We MUST Stand Up for Pregnant Women!

August 18, 2017
Thanks to your signatures, 7.5 months pregnant Kandace Washington was released from jail on bond. Now, your donation is urgently needed. We are fundraising the $1,100 to cover the court and jail fees that it took to free Kandace. Court and jail fees disproportionately prey on low-income communities of color, further perpetuating cycles of poverty.
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#5Actions of the Week: August 19, 2017

August 18, 2017
There's a LOT of political news filling the airwaves, so we want to make sure these other important actions aren't missed! THANK YOU for sticking with us and for taking action during these tumultuous times. We must #KeepMarching! As always, please act and share. Together we're making a difference...
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Ways to love someone through their pregnancy plan

August 18, 2017
This piece is published in partnership with Echoing Ida, a Forward Together Program. Pregnancy is one of the most life-changing times in someone’s life — usually in multiple lives. My five year journey into reproductive health was ignited after attending my first birth as a doula (a non-medical...
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When a Healthy Baby Isn't Enough

August 15, 2017
By: Dr. Christina Han As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and a mother of two young children, I have experienced pregnancy from both sides of the examination table. In my clinical work, I diagnose and manage complications of pregnancy every day, and frequently hear mothers exclaim, “I just want...
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Share Your Birth Story With MomsRising!

August 4, 2017
We need your voice! Click here to s hare your birth/maternal story with us or share the story of someone you love! Everyone who becomes pregnant or gives birth should have access to a safe, healthy, and respectful experience. Access to health insurance and quality, equitable health care are a...
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Update on #JordanEdwards

August 4, 2017
In April, fifteen year old Jordan Edwards and his brothers were driving away from a party when he was shot in the head and killed by Police Officer Roy Oliver. To add to this horrific tragedy, Jordan's two brothers were held overnight in jail-without charges. And police even detained Jordan’s...
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The Trump Administration’s Immigration Policies Target Women and Children

August 4, 2017
Recent news stories have detailed how President Trump’s immigration policies continue to target women and children and rip families apart. He has instructed US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) personnel to arrest, detain, and deport indiscriminately. Just this week , two brothers in...
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