First of her name. Author. Disruptor. Queen of Comms. Conjurer of Content. Sorceress of Strategy. Manager of Magic. Priestess of Processes. Consumer of café con leche, creative content and questionable memes. Leading with empathy and intention. Sili lives in Florida with her daughter, the Frog Princess, and her puggle, Chico Albus Mendes.
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September 14, 2021
This year, the back-to-school season is filled with emotions as we navigate rising numbers in COVID-19 cases, changing class schedules and the never-ending discussions around mask mandates. Check out these actions to help you navigate your way through this very different school year.
September 10, 2021
Mientras examinaba el tablero de COVID de mi condado, casi 2 semanas después del año escolar, pensé que estábamos esquivando la bala. No hay casos de COVID en la escuela de mi hija. Dejé escapar un suspiro de alivio. Y luego, una llamada, dos llamadas, una llamada de que era alguien de una de sus clases. El mensaje me dijo que alguien del departamento de salud llamaría para rastrear contactos, si fuera necesario. No se menciona el hecho de que el departamento de salud de mi condado está atrasado en el rastreo de contactos debido al repunte abrumador de casos positivos que estamos viendo en...
MomsRising Education Fund
August 27, 2021
Imagine the feeling when I received a message, six days after that first notice, that my child should’ve been quarantined because she, indeed, was in contact with the person that tested positive.
August 4, 2021
When we got the news about the Duchess of Sussex turning 40 and celebrating with this 40x40 campaign we were thrilled! Mentoring and supporting women that are going back into the workforce? Don’t mind if we do!
November 5, 2020
We are hearing from many of you about needing more information with regards to correcting - or “curing” - your ballots so that your vote will be counted. People who voted absentee (either by mail or drop-box), should make sure their ballot was accepted and counted. If it was rejected, it could be for simple reasons like the signatures were mismatched or missing. You will want to "cure" or fix your ballot to make sure it is counted--and you'll want to do this ASAP! Even if you know your ballot was counted, we need your help in getting the word out. Below, please find links to the states with...
MomsRising Education Fund
September 22, 2020
It’s 2020. Pretty much NOTHING is going as planned this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t turn this trend around -- and make a plan to VOTE THE WAY YOU WANT TO THIS YEAR ! Vote with popcorn on your kitchen table. Vote early if your state allows. Vote in a hammock by mail. Vote in-person on November 3rd with a facemask. And get the kids in your life involved! “Be a voter, raise a voter” is a motto so many of you have brought to life! Have kids join in as you do your civic duty no matter how you vote. They can read books or color these pages and do voting -friendly crafts . And generally...
MomsRising Education Fund
August 6, 2020
Can you believe it’s already August? What a year it has been. We have been in touch with some of our digital influencers via our Risers & Shakers group on Facebook but, we are really hoping that everyone is doing as well as can be expected, given the fact that we are in the middle of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. The year is not yet over and unfortunately, our work is not yet done. Though we have had wins in several of our campaign areas this year as we lobby on behalf of moms and families in our country, there’s still more work to be done. A big job that we take great pride in is voter...
August 26, 2019
I remember rushing home to breastfeed my infant after work during those first few months. Knowing she was waiting for me and that I was providing her with sustenance would bring me all kinds of joy as I made the drive. Every working and breastfeeding mother should be able to experience that feeling of anticipation as they wrap up a hard day’s work and return to their loved ones. No one should carry the fear and uncertainty that their children may not get the sustenance they depend on, or of not knowing when they’ll see their children again. That’s why this August for National Breastfeeding...
October 23, 2018
We are in countdown mode all across the country! This has been the most memorable midterm elections to date for me. One of the things that I have been very conscious of is the messaging that I am taking in as we round the corner toward November 6th. To that end, I’d like to introduce you to the Voting Day Photo a Day Challenge! From now until November 6th, we have photo prompts and are looking to see your beautiful images on social media! Photo Challenge Graphic.jpg How to join: Save the image above (or save it on Instagram) and check in to see what the prompt is daily. Take a picture with...
July 23, 2018
La semana pasada, decidí hacer algo que no había hecho nunca. Después de ver un mensaje que posteó un amigo en Facebook sobre alguien que no había encontrado su nombre en la base de datos electoral, visité la página para votantes del Departamento de Estado de la Florida para hacer una rápida búsqueda de mi registro, segura de que encontraría mi nombre y que todo estaba bien. Estaba equivocada. Este fue el mensaje que recibí: Es difícil explicar lo que sentí en ese momento. Fue una mezcla de incredulidad y temor. Aunque sé que la Corte Suprema dictaminó que los estados pueden depurar el padrón...
July 17, 2018
Recently, I decided to do something I hadn’t done before. After seeing a post from a friend on Facebook that stated the person was unable to find her name on the voter registration database, I jumped on the Florida Department of State voter page to do a quick search, certain that I would find my name and go about my business. I was wrong. This is the message I saw: I cannot tell you how I felt at that moment. It was a mixture of disbelief and fear. Though I am aware that the Supreme Court ruled that states can purge voters who failed to vote for a period of time and did not confirm residency...
June 29, 2018
*If you won’t be in Orlando, click here to get information on the Families Belong Together actions taking place across the country on Saturday, June 30 th . You can also download signs to print to take with you. Imprisoning children with their parents is still imprisoning children. Join us in Orlando on Saturday, July 30th for a powerful day of action in solidarity with rallies happening across Washington and the nation. In Orlando, we will be gathering together to send a powerful message to Governor Scott, to Congress and to the President: families belong together! We can’t let up the...
February 15, 2018
I write this through waves of tears. Florida is my home, Floridians are my people. This morning, my heart is again burning with pain and anger over a mass shooting that has devastated families and an entire community in my state. This time, it was at a high school. A high school. As a mother, the assault on the sanctity of school safety shakes me to my core. An armed 19-year-old former student went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School yesterday afternoon and shot to death 17 people, wounding 14 more, five of them critically . His weapon? An AR-15. Every fiber of my being is screaming that...
November 27, 2017
Mientras escribo esto, estoy sentada en el sillón, sintiendo todavía una ligera llenura después de una pequeña y tranquila cena el jueves donde no hubo pavo, pero sí hubo macarrones con queso y langosta, coles de Bruselas y un enorme pastel de calabaza, entre otras delicias. La oficina está en silencio y no pude resistir la tentación de entrar al internet y comenzar a escribir. Porque tengo que decirles algo. Se acerca la época más maravillosa del año, y: ¡GIVING TUESDAY! Sili, ¿qué es #GivingTuesday? ¡Qué bueno que me lo pregunten! #GivingTuesday es el martes después del Día de Acción de...
November 24, 2017
I’m writing this sitting on the couch, still slightly stuffed after a small and quiet Thursday dinner that involved no turkey, lobster mac and cheese, brussel sprouts and an oversized pumpkin pie among other goodies. The office is quiet and I just can’t help it, I had to get online and write. Because I had something I needed to tell you. We're approaching the most wonderful time of the year, and: GIVING TUESDAY! What’s #GivingTuesday, Sili? I’m glad you asked! #GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The 92nd Street Y in NY started it in 2012 as a specific day for nonprofit...
November 2, 2017
You've all have been busy since we were last in touch! I've seen great posts from you around so many of our issue areas (especially health care, immigration and paid family leave). Thank you for continuing to resist in the best way you know how. As we move forward, we want to keep the communication lines open because we want to hear from you. To that end, we have created a Facebook group where we hope to continue spreading the word about issues that affect our country but also, we want to hear what matters to you personally and help amplify your voices on topics that you're passionate about...
October 2, 2017
143 horas. Ese fueron el numero de horas que pasé sin electricidad después de que el huracán Irma azotó la parte central de la Florida. Pero teníamos un generador y podíamos ir a la gasolinera cuando necesitábamos gasolina. También teníamos suficiente agua, comida y medicamentos. La comunicación durante las primeras 48 horas era esporádica y pude hablar muy poco con mis seres queridos para asegurarme que todos estaban bien. No fue fácil, pero sabía que la ayuda estaba cerca si la necesitábamos y que a mi hija no le iba a faltar las necesidades básicas. Pero este no es el caso de nuestros...
September 27, 2017
143 hours. That’s how much time I spent without electricity after Hurricane Irma hit Central Florida. We had a generator and could run to the gas station whenever it needed gas, though. We also had cases and cases of water, food, and medicine. Communications were in and out and I could barely speak to loved ones to check in and make sure everyone was okay for the first 48 hours. It wasn’t easy, but I knew help was near if we needed it and that my child would not be lacking in basic human needs. This is not the case for our fellow Americans who live in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands...
June 15, 2017
Cuando tenía 4 años, abordé un avión. Recuerdo que no me quería ir. No quería dejar mamá, papá y las chicas atrás. Mis padres de crianza. ¿Cómo se explica eso en inglés? No hay traducción. Viajaba a Estados Unidos para vivir con un hombre con el que nunca había vivido antes. Papi salió de la República Dominicana antes de yo nacer. Con el corazón destrozado por la pérdida de su primer hijo, mi padre buscó refugio en otro país a la misma vez que mantenía a su familia. No fue una mala decisión. Su sobrino, mucho mayor que él, falleció unos meses antes de que mi hermano muriera y dejó a su...
June 14, 2017
In the last few months, we've had a growing number of influencers ask about how you can help and want to get more involved in the work that MomsRising does to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. We are hoping that this post will provide a jumping-off point as we move forward. This newsletter will evolve with time (and your input), and I sincerely hope it will become a go-to for you as you find your voice in this space. If you'd like to sign up to receive this in your inbox, feel free...
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