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Why I'm Grateful for SNAP and WIC

November 2, 2017
The U.S. Congress just unveiled a tax bill that would give 80% of tax cuts to the top 1%. Meanwhile, low and middle-income families across the country will be left footing the bill through higher taxes and cuts to vital health care, nutrition, and education programs. Concerned parents, grandparents...
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MomsRising Demands the Immediate Release of Rosa Maria Hernandez

October 30, 2017
Yesterday, US Customs and Border Protection detained an undocumented 10-year-old girl, Rosa Maria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy immediately after she was discharged from a Texas hospital after undergoing emergency gallbladder surgery. MomsRising, a national organization of more than one million...
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Poverty and Progress: Poverty is down in the US, but new threats are on the horizon

October 27, 2017
Sustained economic gains and strong federal programs have led to welcome progress in the fight against poverty over the last several years. This is good news. But actions from Congress and the Trump administration, including the recently passed budget resolution, threaten to weaken the very programs that contribute to this progress. Read CHN's new report and use our social media toolkit and infographics to share the report widely.
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Here's How Prison and Jail Systems Brutalize Women, Especially Mothers

October 24, 2017
Considering our nation’s merciless criminal justice policies, it comes as no surprise that the United States has the largest prison population and highest incarceration rate in the world. What you may not know, however, is that women are a fast growing demographic of the prison population. There...
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TAKE ACTION: Ask Senator Heinrich to Support Paid Family Leave!

October 24, 2017
Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a mom who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer, being there for family is what matters and you shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it. Unfortunately for far too many working families, that is exactly what is happening right now. Because the United States is one of the only countries in the entire world without a national paid family and medical leave policy. But we can take action, right here in New Mexico, to change this!
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Councilwoman’s Right to Breastfeed Being Challenged

October 23, 2017
Stunned. Outraged. That’s how I felt yesterday when I saw the news that Councilwoman Catherine Emmanuelle in Eau Claire, Wisconsin was illegally barred from breastfeeding her baby at the council dais during council meetings--because the council president decided that breastfeeding didn’t meet “our standards of decorum” for meetings.
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Climate Change Is Here, Now, Affecting Us Intensely. Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

October 21, 2017
This piece originally appeared in the Daily Kos . To say that the last month has been intense is an understatement. I have family in Puerto Rico – my grandfather, aunt, uncle, cousins and the rest of my mother’s extended family– and like every other Puerto Rican on the island, they are feeling the...
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We Can and Must Win for Children!

October 20, 2017
As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,” I offer prayers for all child advocates in this very challenging time for children and families and all of us when a...
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Quick Action: Tell Pres. Trump to stop sabotaging our health care system!

October 15, 2017
It’s maddening. On the heels of rolling back birth control protections for women last week through an executive order, President Trump issued another executive order to undo critical parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) that have made it easier for individuals to access affordable...
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Puerto Rico: The Real Hunger Games

October 13, 2017
In the popular book turned movie, The Hunger Games, set in a post-apocalyptic world, the Capitol of Panem (bread in Latin), rules over thirteen nation-states referred to as districts. After one district attempts to ignite a rebellion against the Capitol, the ruling government obliterates it...
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