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How to Speak to Our Children about the Outcome of the Election

November 9, 2016
Last night as the news outlets spoke of statistics and predictions, my social media feed and email flooded with the same theme and question from most parents. They were all anticipating the conversation they would have with their children about the outcome of the election. It is a difficult...
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TODAY is Election Day!!!!!!!

November 8, 2016
"People need to vote because people haven't always been able to vote! I'm glad I didn't live back then because first women couldn't vote and Black people couldn't vote and I'm a girl AND I'm Black!" - Elena, age 6. "It's important to vote so we get what we want!" - JoJo, age 5 "Mama says, 'Vote...
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#MilitaryMonday: Why I Vote!

November 7, 2016
Election Day is tomorrow! Make sure to vote on behalf of your military family and all families!
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I vote on behalf of the young battered me who didn’t have a prayer.

November 5, 2016
I am voting on behalf of a 25-year-old battered woman and single mother who didn’t have a prayer. She was me. This is my story: In 1980 I met and married the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen and I thought my life would be a fairy tale. Within a week of marriage I learned it was a nightmare instead...
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It's Happening! #MomsVote #LatinasVotan

November 2, 2016
Yesterday, I got out my vintage orange pantsuit, turned up the volume on RESPECT by Aretha Franklin, put pen to ballot, affixed stamp to envelope, and inserted mail into mailbox to vote! (And I confess to feeling oddly giddy and empowered while voting in my bright orange pantsuit.) It’s really...
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To the Women Who Are Afraid

November 2, 2016
There’s a nagging suspicion inside you that something is wrong. He calls you names. He denies your feelings. He talks over you; yells at you; humiliates you; and re-writes reality, including the reality of what happened to you. Maybe you wouldn’t call it abuse, or can’t. Maybe he’s never lifted a...
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Como Se Parece la manera en Que Criamos a Nuestros Hijos a Nuestro Sistema Político

November 2, 2016
Me avergüenza admitir que me emocioné hasta el punto en que mis ojos y mi nariz no podían funcionar apropiadamente. Traté de no respirar ni pestañar para evitar un chorro de lágrimas. Desde el escenario Heather C. McGhee nos hablaba de la importancia de escucharnos y comprender nuestra condición...
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How Your Parenting Style Resembles Our Political System

November 2, 2016
I was embarrassed that I had welled up to the point where my nose and my eyes could no longer function properly. I attempted not to take a huge breath or blink since tears were going to pour. From the stage I listened to Heather C. McGhee tell all of us that we needed to listen and understand one...
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Child Watch® Column: Do Your Part: "March to the Polls" and Vote

October 7, 2016
If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, I am certain he would be urgently saying it is a moral imperative for each one of us to register and vote in our local, state, and national elections this year — and every year. Shortly after Congressman John Lewis spoke movingly at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, he was asked on a radio show if he thought this was the time to organize another march on Washington. Without missing a beat, he replied: “I think the best march that we can have right now in America is on Election Day, November the eighth, for all of us all over America – Black and White, Latino, Native American, young people – to march to the polls. The vote is precious. It’s almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society.”
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Why I Vote...

October 28, 2016
I was asked recently, for a different project, to sum up why I vote, in one or two sentences. Yeah, in just one or two sentences, not an easy task. So I thought about it for a while, I had to separate "what I vote for" from the real, deeper reasons "why I vote", the why not the what. The what may...
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