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August 1, 2011
News release WASHINGTON, DC – MomsRising, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than one million members working to achieve economic security for all families, today presented Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing Equal Opportunity John Trasviña with the organization’s Super Hero Award for his and the agency’s work to end housing discrimination against pregnant women and mothers.  
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July 21, 2011
News release Summertime is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading and today Massachusetts moms encouraged lawmakers to do some reading about the importance of paid sick days to families across the Commonwealth.  They delivered books to members of the Massachusetts House and Senate containing stories and messages from Massachusetts families about why they support paid sick days legislation and why lawmakers should pass An Act to Establish Paid Sick Days (HB1398/SB930).  
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July 11, 2011
News release “When Governor Dannel Malloy signed An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees, Connecticut blazed a trail by adopting America’s first statewide paid sick days law.  Now fewer people in the state will get the flu with their burgers, and fewer moms will have to send sick children to school or daycare or lose a paycheck if they stay home to provide care.  Connecticut now becomes an example for the rest of the country.   
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July 8, 2011
News release Washington, D.C. – Three moms from around the country yesterday morning met with White House officials to talk about why Congress’s proposed drastic cuts to Medicaid would hurt families who rely on the program. The women – from Utah, Maryland and North Carolina – shared their stories about how the program has helped them or their families get life-saving health care coverage and cover medical expenses, and discussed their concerns about proposed Medicare cuts.  
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July 8, 2011
News release In an attempt to reduce the deficit, some Members of Congress have proposed drastic cuts to the Medicaid and Medicare programs. This proposal has moms across the country, including Jessica Howells of Morganton, North Carolina, up in arms. She has a younger sister with Down’s Syndrome who relies on the program for health care coverage. Yesterday, she visited the White House to tell her story and discuss her concerns about proposed Medicaid cuts.  
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July 8, 2011
News release In an attempt to reduce the deficit, some Members of Congress have proposed drastic cuts to the Medicaid and Medicare programs. This proposal has moms across the country, including Emily Townsend of Takoma Park, Maryland, up in arms. Townsend’s 17-year-old daughter, Freya, is severely mentally disabled with associated physical disabilities, and Townsend has had to rely on Medicaid to help cover her medical expenses. Yesterday, Townsend, a physicist at the University of Maryland, visited the White House to tell her story and discuss her concerns about proposed Medicaid cuts.
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July 8, 2011
News release In an attempt to reduce the deficit, some Members of Congress have proposed drastic cuts to the Medicaid and Medicare programs. This proposal has moms across the country, including Gail Schimmelpfennig of Sandy, Utah, up in arms.  Without Medicaid, Schimmelpfennig is unlikely to have survived (sate on) breast cancer. Yesterday, she visited the White House to tell her story and discuss her concerns about proposed Medicaid cuts.  
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June 28, 2011
Statement “Today, Mayor Michael Nutter put the misplaced concerns of a handful of businesses above the public health needs of his city and the interests of Philadelphia workers and their families.  By vetoing the Promoting Health Families and Workplaces Act, he is putting family economic security and Philadelphia families’ health at risk.  
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June 20, 2011
Statement “Today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case is deeply disappointing, to the plaintiffs, their supporters – including those of us at MomsRising – and to women across the country who continue to experience job discrimination. Today’s ruling is likely to make it more difficult to bring discrimination suits against large corporations and plainly underscores the urgent need for strong fair pay laws like the Paycheck Fairness Act, currently under consideration by Congress.  
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June 13, 2011
News release Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement agreement in a housing discrimination case with Cornerstone Mortgage Company  and announced that it is pursuing a case against the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation of Milwaukee. In both cases, the lenders discriminated against women because they were on maternity leave. This kind of discrimination is illegal under the Fair Housing Act. In addition to these two cases, HUD is investigating additional cases of illegal discrimination against pregnant women and mothers.
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