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“We Just Came for a Birthday Party”

June 19, 2015
We just came for a birthday party,” pleaded one Black male teen that had been forced to the floor. I watched the video from Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas four times. Honestly, when I first saw the video I thought it was a joke. With the overly excited officer doing a jump and...
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How Radically To Uproot The Root Of Our Political Misery

June 18, 2015
By Joan Blades and Ralph Benko What's really at the root of America's political misery? We say: people just are not listening to each other. It's not merely at the level of elected officials. Elected officials are only the tip of the iceberg. And the iceberg is ... us. (The good news? We can...
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Safe and Private Isn't an Option

June 16, 2015
I don't have to tell any parent that, once you have a child in your life, privacy goes out the window. From the minute baby can walk, nowhere is sacred. You can't pee, shower, or dress without at least the threat of imminent interruption. Life gets all the more interesting when the child learns to...
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Yes! I can deliver a #Mission Possible packet to my local member of Congress!

June 10, 2015
In response to our #MissionPossible campaign to show lawmakers that building a stronger economy for working families and our nation IS mission possible, over one thousand people signed up to drop off booklets directly to their local member of Congress before June 21st. The booklet is an educational...
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How YOU Can Help Stop Federal Budget Cuts

June 5, 2015
Congress is calling for deep cuts to everything from housing to health care to Head Start. Find out how YOU can prevent these cuts from becoming a reality. Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 1:30 pm ET. Register today.
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We've got the power

June 3, 2015
It's an old story: Large industrial farms routinely give antibiotics to healthy animals, with Big Ag and Big Pharma encouraging the practice. This is new: what's happening now doesn't follow the stereotypical script. “Heavy-handed, bureaucratic government regulators who take joy in making...
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Recognizing Signs of Abuse: A Drama in Three Acts

June 1, 2015
What is it about being a parent that makes you feel like one of those circus performers on a unicycle, teetering on a high wire while holding one of those long balancing sticks? On a daily basis, we parents have to strike just the right balance between work and play, discipline and permissiveness,...
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May 26, 2015
It's a revelation that hits every parent at some point in the Goldfish-cracker and Cheerio years: I cannot protect her from everything. For me, it was in the bathroom of a Greek restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, when she looked up at me from her toilet perch and began a conversation that...
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Native American Youth Advocating for Their Own

May 20, 2015
Meet 5 Native American youth who overcame obstacles and beat the odds, and are now doing amazing work advocating for others in their communities.
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Fact of the Week: Nearly 1 in 4 Children in the U.S. is Served by the Federal Child Support Program

May 20, 2015
Idaho's state legislature held an unusual special session to prevent the state from losing access to federal child support collection resources. These resources help more than 100,000 parents and 155,000 children in the state.
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