Blog Post List
June 29, 2010
Last week, obstructionists in Congress blocked legislation which would have extended unemployment insurance for 1.2 million Americans. What does this mean? This week 1.2 million families are wondering how they are going to feed their children and stay in their homes.  It doesn't have to be this way. Tell your representatives in Congress that America can't afford to leave families in the lurch and can't afford to threaten the fragile economic recovery that's just beginning to take hold. http://action.momsrising.org/cms/letter/unemploymentcobrarelieftostates62910/ What's happening? Last...
June 3, 2010
California MomsRising members have been keeping an eye on the budget. That's why we dropped by the Capitol on May 19th to deliver member messages attached to funny glasses and a letter urging our legislators to fight against proposed cuts to kids' health programs, including the possible elimination of vision benefits from the Healthy Families Program. We also met with CA Senator Gloria Romero, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, to talk with her about our work.
May 19, 2010
Today, moms met on the steps of CA's Capitol in Sacramento with funny glasses and an important message from CA MomsRising members: "Cutting vision benefits for kids is short-sighted policy! Our leaders need glasses!" You don't have to go to Sacramento to make a difference! From the comfort of your own computer, right now, you can provide online back-up for our on-the-ground volunteers in Sacramento by sending a letter to your legislator. Make sure your legislator knows that the MomsRising members in the Capitol today represent hundreds of MomsRising members across California who are relying...
March 30, 2010
Confused about healthcare reform and what it means for you? You're not alone! We've received a lot of questions about how women and children will be impacted by the recent passage of healthcare reform. So, with the assistance of our brilliant policy partners, we put together a handy-dandy list of key components for children and families in healthcare reform that will be implemented over the next few years.
December 4, 2009
Health reform is in the birthing process and we need a strong push for kids! Right now, there's an important debate happening in the U.S. Senate about children's health coverage and we must make sure that our kids are represented. Tell your Senators to co-sponsor and/or support the Casey CHIP Amendment to the health reform bill: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1768/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=960 What is the CHIP amendment? This week, Senator Casey introduced an amendment to the Senate health bill that will make sure the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) continues with full...
October 21, 2009
You asked, Congress listened! In response to MomsRising messages to Congress last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a primary architect of the healthcare reform plan, asked to be the first member of Congress to be photographed wearing the MomsRising Pacifier pin to show that he also won't be pacified until healthcare reform is done right for children and families. (See picture just below).* Wow! You did it! But just because we have a head honcho on our side doesn't mean we're done yet… There's more work to do. Right now, Congress is making monumental decisions about health reform...
October 7, 2009
This is it! Today is the big day - there is a hearing in the Massachusetts State Legislature to talk about the Paid Sick Days bill. YEAH! And the MomsRising community is a big part of the action - we're delivering written copies of the stories moms have sent us about their experiences with paid sick days (or the lack thereof), and filling the hearing room with moms and kids from all over the state. We'll even have a MomsRising member testify during the hearing with her personal story about needing paid sick days. You can be a part of the action, too. Make a difference right now on the outcome...
September 23, 2009
We were delighted to see this editorial in the Stoneham Sun by Massachusetts legislator Jason Lewis. Today, nearly 1.4 million working people in Massachusetts aren't allowed to earn a single paid sick day -- and even folks with paid sick days are often not allowed to use them to take care of sick kids. As a result, too many workers are going to work sick, or sending their kids to school sick when there's no one to take care of them. With the threat of an H1N1 outbreak this fall, the CDC is asking people to stay home from work when ill or keep their sick kids home from school to reduce the...
August 18, 2009
Opponents of healthcare reform are busy spreading myths all over the internet. We need you to bust another one today! Here's your myth to bust today about healthcare reform: "Healthcare reform would create rationing of healthcare." Say what? Rationing of healthcare for those in need is something that healthcare reform is working to stop! Under the current system healthcare rationing happens daily in the form of canceled and denied coverage by insurance companies. Here's just one example from Carla* in Texas who writes: I am a fulltime RN with no healthcare insurance for myself and my 2-year-...
March 1, 2009
There’s no question among health experts that breastfeeding is best for babies. It’s common knowledge that breastfeeding not only provides optimal nourishment for infants, but also protects them against infectious diseases, dehydration due to diarrhea, chronic diseases, obesity, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; breastfeeding optimizes development and promotes bonding between the mother and her infant. The mother benefits, as well, in terms of decreased postpartum bleeding and decreased risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. Indeed, breastfeeding is one of the few examples of...
December 18, 2008
Congratulations! Last week California MomsRising.org members sent over 3,600 letters to Governor Schwarzenegger and our legislators in Sacramento to oppose a proposed wait-list for kids' healthcare coverage. Our voices were heard!
July 30, 2008
Right now, approximately 763,000 kids don't have healthcare coverage -- a number that is going up each year. In fact, now 1 in 8 kids nationwide don't have healthcare coverage, many more than just last year. Despite the outcry from many Californians, the legislature just isn't getting the message that all kids need healthcare coverage.