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The Silly Place

April 24, 2020
The funniest line I ever heard came from the deadpan mouth of a mother standing over her dying daughter. I had just walked in to the girl’s hospital room to help her nurse that day when the mother remarked in my direction: “Oh, I see you have a woody and poo on your shirt too.” She was referring to...
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What would you like to know about online education tools?

April 23, 2020
In these unusual and often difficult times, my internet connection has become more important than ever. Internet access is keeping me connected to my friends, family and jobs. For the first time ever, I’m using video conferencing for work meetings, yoga classes and happy hours! And my kids -- 9 and...
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Missed #KeepMarching last night? Here's the Zoom recording

April 8, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is upending life as we know it, including how we work, spend money, maintain our relationships, think about the future, and so much more. At last night's #KeepMarching meeting, we considered the implications of COVID-19 for paid family leave, taxes, and the economy. We are...
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Re-Thinking Mass Incarceration: COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons

April 2, 2020
More people per capita are incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world—698 out of every 100,000 people are currently incarcerated. Many jails and prisons in the United States are overcrowded. This means that the number of people they have detained exceeds their safe...
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Take Action: Cuomo is using COVID-19 to roll back Cash Bail Reforms!

April 1, 2020
Too many families are forced to experience the inhumane realities of what it is to be incarcerated inside of a New York jail, especially one like Rikers Island, for no other reason than their inability to pay cash bail. The same was true for 16-year-old Kalief Browder who was tortured for over...
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UPDATED: Happy Census Day!

April 1, 2020
UPDATE: If you missed filling out your Census form on April 1, you still have time-- and options! (And you're definitely not alone.) Check out this CNET article for three easy ways to complete the form! Taking this easy step, and making sure everyone you know does, too, helps your community get...
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#SocialDistancing is impossible for people who are incarcerated

April 1, 2020
Our voices are making a difference, but we must keep the pressure on. Dozens of incarcerated people have already tested positive for COVID-19 across the nation. [1] Let's be clear: Prisons are unable to implement the CDC guidelines needed to flatten the cure and save lives. [2] We must have a plan...
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A Reminder on the 10th Anniversary of the ACA: Progress is Possible

March 30, 2020
On the 10th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we pause from the disheartening and discouraging news about coronavirus to remind ourselves that progress is possible. That’s a message of hope we all need to remember right now. Progress is possible. And we can make a difference. The ACA is proof of that. That law has dramatically improved health care in America, for millions of moms, kids, and families.
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Wake Up Female Protagonists: COVID-19

March 26, 2020
If Octavia Butler a cutting edge Black female science fiction writer, were alive today, what would she say ? In her stories there were always female protagonists, she wrote herself into the story and took us with her. We are the earth loving sheros, the shape shifting elders, the isolated but...
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How Research on Gender Will Help Us Craft Climate Justice Policy

March 6, 2020
We know that climate change is exacerbating already existing inequalities all across the world -- around race, gender, and class -- and we know that these differentiated experiences with climate change are rarely addressed in policy. The Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Sierra Club just released a first-of-its kind report that reviews existing academic and scientific literature to further explore the gender-specific climate dynamics in the United States.
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