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.
July 8, 2011
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.
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.
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.
June 4, 2011
Statement “We enthusiastically applaud the Connecticut General Assembly for passing An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees late last night. Coupled with the state Senate action last week, Connecticut will now become the first state to require employers to provide their workers with paid sick days. This family-friendly policy is not only good for working families; it’s good for the state’s health and its economy.
June 1, 2011
News release NEW YORK – MomsRising joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this afternoon at a news conference announcing a settlement agreement with a mortgage company that discriminated in home loans against new and expecting mothers. MomsRising.org, an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization that supports family-friendly policies, has been working to shed light on the issue since the discriminatory lending practices were revealed last year.
May 30, 2011
Statement "Connecticut's working moms and the people who love them are counting on the House of Representatives to pass the paid sick days bill. While the workforce has changed tremendously in the last generation, our laws haven't kept up. Nearly three quarters of moms are now in the labor force, and more kids than ever live in single parent households.
May 25, 2011
Statement “Today is a happy day for Connecticut moms and families. The Senate’s vote on An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees (SB 913) puts the Nutmeg State one step closer to having a paid sick days law and MomsRising is delighted to have been a part of the effort to achieve this important goal.
May 25, 2011
News release The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line, a guide to successfully implementing flexible workplace policies authored by MomsRising founder Joan Blades and Nanette Fondas (an expert in organizations behavior and corporate strategy who holds a doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School), has been honored for promoting viable options for positive social change.
May 12, 2011
News release They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but earned sick days are what really keep Philadelphia families healthy. Moms and children this morning delivered “Apple-o-grams” – apples with messages – to the Philadelphia City Council urging them to support a bill that would guarantee workers the ability to accrue earned sick days.