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Quick signature: The American people deserve a fair impeachment trial!

Tell your U.S. Senators: Conduct a fair and complete impeachment trial!

The evidence is clear: President Trump used taxpayer money and the promise of a meeting to try to obtain dirt from a foreign nation on a Democratic challenger in the 2020 elections for his own personal gain. After that, he obstructed Congress’ investigation into this abuse of power, blocking witnesses from testifying and ignoring Congressional subpoenas for documents.

Now, the Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate are up to no good—refusing to agree to consider witnesses and documents during the trial, and some are even attempting to change the rules of the Senate in order to dismiss the articles of impeachment before receiving them from the House.

→ This must stop. Sign on now to urge the U.S. Senate to conduct a fair and complete impeachment trial with witnesses and documents!

How can this help? We need to push the U.S. Senate to keep the impeachment process moving forward with a fair impeachment trial that includes witnesses and documents. America’s moms are counting on Senate leaders to protect our democracy by putting patriotism ahead of party.

Our children’s future is at stake. We deserve a President who will fight foreign influence in our elections—not invite it—and who will put the country’s interests ahead of his or her own. Every U.S. Senator owes it to our children to hold the President accountable for abusing his power for personal gain.

→ We must speak out to urge the U.S. Senate to conduct a fair and complete impeachment trial including witnesses and documents!

President Trump’s actions and subsequent cover-up threaten the integrity and security of our elections, our ability to have confidence in them, and the very foundation of our democracy. As moms, we know we must do better for our children—and for our nation.

Now, we need all U.S. Senators to put the country’s interests ahead of their own, to put patriotism over party, and to find the moral courage to stand against foreign influence in our elections and presidential corruption. That means honoring the oath they will take to be impartial jurors.

→ Join us in taking action to urge the U.S. Senate to conduct a fair and complete impeachment trial with witnesses and documents!

Paid leave is a racial justice issue

Since 2013, Families of Color Seattle has worked to build a loving community for Black, Brown, and Indigenous families in Seattle. Our work has connected 3,000+ families through parent affinity groups, workshops, community events, and more. As an organization dedicated to supporting families of color in Seattle and beyond, we are thrilled that Washington is now home to one of the best paid family and medical leave programs in the nation. 

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Program provides workers with up to 16 weeks of paid time off to welcome a new child to their family (through birth, adoption, or foster care placement), care for a sick loved one, or to recover from their own serious medical condition. This means families can take time away from work to care for themselves or for family without losing a paycheck to do it. 

This new program will have huge impacts in the lives of families of color. Previously, the only law providing for family or medical leave in Washington is the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which can provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for those who qualify. But many families, particularly families of color, cannot afford to take unpaid leave if they are even able to qualify. According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, 62 percent of Black adults and 73 percent of Latinx adults are either ineligible for or cannot afford to take unpaid leave, compared to 60 percent of white adults. Black and Latinx workers are also more likely than white workers to have needed time away from work to care for family or for their own medical reasons but could not, most likely because they could not afford to lose pay or risk losing their job. In addition, the wealth gaps between the wealth of white families, and Latinx, Native and Black families are very high. Lack of access to paid family and medical leave makes them worse.

At the same time, women of color, especially Black, Latinx and Native, experience more negative perinatal outcomes such as pre-term births, and complications during pregnancy and birth.  Moreover, Latinx, Indigenous and Black folks tend to experience more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and asthma, and experience these health conditions earlier in their lives than white people. So when families of color can’t access paid leave to care for themselves or their families, it widens the racial wealth gap and the racial health gap between families of color and white families. Paid medical leave is a racial justice issue.

In Washington State, families can now take up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave when they need to care for themselves or their family members. Pregnant workers who experience pregnancy complications can take up to 18 weeks of paid leave. But this program will only be successful if families know how to access it. Read below to learn more about how you can access your benefits, and visit www.focseattle.org to learn more about our community work and parent support groups at Families of Color Seattle. 

Who qualifies for leave? 
Anyone who has worked at least 820 hours with one or multiple employers in the past year, including public, private, non-profit, and part-time employees, can receive Paid Family and Medical Leave. You do not need to be currently working to receive leave, you just need to have worked those 820 hours sometime in the past year. 

Federal employees are not covered by the program. Self-employed individuals and federally recognized tribes can opt in and receive benefits too! 

How much paid leave is available? 
Each year, workers will be able to take:

  • 12 weeks of paid family leave to bond with a new child after birth, adoption, or foster placement or to care for a seriously sick spouse, child (including adult children), sibling, parent, grandchild, or grandparent OR
  • 12 weeks of paid medical leave to recover from their own serious medical condition (for example, child birth, surgery, dialisis, or a mental health crisis -- leave cannot be taken for a minor illness like a cold)

Workers can combine paid family and medical leave to receive 16 weeks of paid leave per year. However, birth parents who experience pregnancy complications can take up to 18 weeks of leave. 
 
Is my employer required to hold my job for me when I take leave?
The leave is job-protected if you qualify for FMLA. To qualify for FMLA you must work at an employer with at least 50 employees, have worked there for at least 1 year, and have worked 1,250 hours in the past year. The paid leave benefits will continue regardless of if your employer chooses to protect your job or not. 

Did you welcome a child in 2019? You can still take leave! 
Importantly, workers who welcomed a new child into their families in 2019 -- whether through birth, adoption, or foster care -- are eligible to use the 12 weeks of family leave within the first year of the child’s life or within the first year of the child’s arrival in the home. However, it’s important to note that if you and your employer are not covered by the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or if your FMLA coverage runs out, this leave is not job protected. Individuals in this circumstance will need to work with their employer to take the time as they collect the paid benefit from the state. 

What will my paycheck look like while I am out on leave? 
Workers will receive a percentage of their regular wages, with low-income workers receiving 90% of their wages and higher income workers receiving a progressively smaller portion of their wages. The maximum weekly benefit is $1,000, meaning that workers earning more than $81,000 per year will receive no more than $1,000 per week. 

How will I receive benefits? 
When you want to take the leave, you will go to the Employment Security Department’s paid leave website at  www.paidleave.wa.gov and apply for benefits. You will share what kind of leave you are taking (medical or family), upload paperwork to verify the need for leave (like a note from your doctor or midwife), and submit your application. 

While you are on leave, you will receive your paycheck from the Employment Security Department, not your employer. While on leave, you will need to submit weekly leave claims to let the state know if you are still on leave or if you have returned to work. 

Can you apply for paid leave benefits in languages other than English?
Yes. Workers can call the Employment Security Department (ESD) at (833) 717-2273. ESD will then connect with the state’s simultaneous interpretation service to provide interpretation in real-time. Staff can help workers access an application online, request a paper application, or help them connect with a local Work Source office to get help.  

Are workers with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) eligible for benefits?
Yes. ITIN filers are eligible for benefits and will follow the same application process as other applicants.  

Do the 820 hours have to be from the same employer?
No! If you have multiple jobs -- or had multiple jobs -- all of your hours worked count towards the 820 hours as long as they are with an employer who is not the federal government or a federally recognized tribe that hasn’t opted into the program. 

I’m an independent contractor so this doesn’t apply to me right?
Independent contractors can qualify for benefits too! All you have to do is opt-into the program, report your hours to the state each quarter, pay the employee-portion of the premium (a few dollars a week), and you’re all set to receive the same benefits as everyone else! 

Where can I learn more? 
You can learn more about how the program will work and calculate your weekly benefit at MomsRising.org’s comprehensive paid leave resource website, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese at www.momsrising.org/paidleavewa
 

Christine Tang is the Director of Programs and Strategy for Families Of Color Seattle (FOCS). She is involved in developmental and educational advocacy for children of color, leads race and equity workshops, and has trained FOCS parent educators to support parents of color in community groups focusing on anti-racist parenting and raising resilient children of color.

Surviving After a Stillbirth

In July 2011, we faced every expectant parents’ worst nightmare when when we learned that our unborn daughter had died.

From the moment that I found out that Autumn was stillborn, my life drastically veered off course. I have since spent the past eight years trying to find my way back on track. I’ve often referred to this experience as my healing journey.

But what I have come to realize recently is that this has not been a journey of healing but rather, a story of surviving.

In the months following Autumn’s stillbirth I was inconsolable and completely devastated. I was so blinded by my grief that I couldn’t see two inches in front of me. It was just too awful to be real.

I struggled to understand how I was expected to move forward, when I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. I had a young daughter who needed her mommy, but I wasn’t sure how to find my way back to her. I kept torturing myself by replaying the moment I brought Autumn into the world; that deafening silence would leave me shocked and numb for years to follow.

I simply couldn’t understand how one minute I had felt our precious baby girl kicking up a storm and the next minute she lay lifeless inside of me. I had never felt so alone or so helpless.

The magnitude of our loss completely transformed me. In the early days, the person looking back at me in the mirror was a stranger. These days, the reflection looks a bit more like my former self, but the years have been rather difficult, and I don’t foresee ever finding my way back to who I was before I lost Autumn.  I’ve made peace with this idea, but I can’t help but wonder if things would be different for me today if I handled things differently 8 years ago. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself…

It’s not your fault.

I irrationally blamed myself for Autumn’s stillbirth, which left me falling at lightning speed deeper into my depression.  In my mind, I had failed not only Autumn but my husband and my daughter. The expectations and plans that we had for her, for our family, were gone. I blamed myself for a very, very, very long time. But once I was able to recognize that I couldn’t have changed the outcome of things, I was finally able to let go of the blame that had been weighing me down for so long.

Be kinder to yourself.

I would beat myself up, day and night. I had convinced myself that I was weak because I couldn’t handle our new, very distressing reality. I had made things worse for myself by having unrealistic expectations of what mourning Autumn’s death should look like. I had grieved the loss of loved ones before, but this was like nothing I have ever experienced or imagined. I was unable to recognize that what had worked for me in other situations wasn’t necessarily going to work for me now. In the end, what I needed most was to show myself patience, self-love, and understanding.

There’s no reason to be ashamed and embarrassed.

Everyday hundreds of thousands of women successfully deliver healthy living babies into the world and yet, I couldn’t.  I was completely mortified. I couldn’t bear to face anyone and so instead I hid. I isolated myself from everyone, when what I needed most was the love and support of my family and friends.  

It’s OK to talk about her.

On the very rare occasion that I did see someone, I made a deliberate choice to not speak about Autumn because I did not want to make them uncomfortable. I chose to put other people’s feelings before my own. But looking back, I now realize what I needed most was to talk about her and hear her name. I also needed others to acknowledge her existence because she was real, she was very much wanted, and she was sorely missed.

She will always be with you.

For the longest time, I struggled to emotionally let go of any of the negative feelings I had that related to Autumn because in my mind, by doing that, I would be letting go of her. But what I eventually learned was that no matter what, Autumn will always be with me. It was only then that I felt my grief loosening its grip on my heart.

Moving on….

Let’s be clear, stillbirth is a life-altering event. Even though we know there is always risk of loss during pregnancy, we never expect it to happen to us. So, when it does, you suffer a devastating blow greater than any pain you’ve ever experienced. And the hard truth is that the pain and sadness live on with you forever. However, one day you will wake up and find that your grief isn’t as all-encompassing as it was the day before. And that is when you realize that your story of survival is just beginning.

By Debbie Haine, national advocate for families experiencing stillbirth

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This article first appeared in Healthy Mom&Baby (www.health4mom.org), a website where nurses provide advice for expectant moms and new parents.

Thank You Dyslexia Moms: Now Can We Get Some Back Up?

    This new year, I raise my glass to dyslexia moms everywhere.  Like many parts of parenting —moms are often expected to take the lead. #10millionmoms. Reporters from Emily Hanford of APM to Stephen Sawchuck of Ed Week to linguists and reading and curriculum experts like Lyn Stone and Karen Vaites have all written about the significant role dyslexia moms have played in advocating schools to provide explicit, systematic evidence-based reading instruction for all our children at school entry and additional interventions for those children who are at risk for reading difficulties and who are dyslexic. 

    And why shouldn't moms take the lead on this issue when as a group, we generally have way too much unencumbered, free-time on our hands. Plus, our labor is so over-compensated and highly valued! Especially moms of color and single moms. Admit it, as the mom, you come to school to help paint a class paper mâché project, and you look around at the other parent volunteers, and it's ALL dads. Like, where are the mommies?  You never trouble yourself with trivialities like the school medical forms, carpools, bus schedules, aftercare, replacing clothes and shoes your people have outgrown, coordinating summer care and camps, organizing parties, gifts, thank you cards, watching family expenses in addition to all your other professional and family obligations and commitments.  Laundry, dishes, repairs, pet care, emotional labor, groceries, aging parents, is their toilet paper in the bathroom, and did people wash their hands, and more, more, more.  None of this is in my bag of tricks.  So why shouldn’t moms be using our abundant free time and emotional energy to take on the enormous task of advocating for a sea change in the way most schools teach children how to read words on a page? I will save my ambivalence about mother’s having special standing on early reading instruction as it seems to assume that ensuring our little people learn to read is largely women's concern and charge because there’s just too much work to be done and once you realize what a massive equity issue this is, you can’t look away. But can I put out a call for some more back up here? 

     I have zero interest in "owing" the science of reading nor does any other parent I know, but somehow we are expected to shoulder the significant cost of privatizing reading instruction when our schools fail to implement a reading program that aligns with the science of how children learn to read or have to navigate the IEP process and see our children suffer. The moms I know who are cutting back on their paid labor, working odd hours to take their child to an afternoon reading tutor, working more in order to afford outside reading support, or stepping out of the paid workforce entirely to make sure their children learn to read aren’t exactly making money off this state of affairs and sometimes sacrificing saving for our own futures. I spend a not insignificant part of my “free” time having coffees and emailing mom friends and friends of friends trying to navigating reading interventions and supports for their children. I see a friend working in a coffee shop—and I say—"ooh—I’m sending you David Kilpatrick’s webinar on phonemic proficiency and another with Roland Good on goal setting and progress monitoring."  And I can’t shake this feeling that I wouldn’t be accused of being “phono-centric” and having such limited aspirations for my children or others if the parent charge for evidence-based reading was being led by daddies.  As the adult child of a single mom who put herself through college and law school while raising me, and then did the same for me, and the product of two bookworms, my grand dream for my children and yours is not that they become fantastic decoders. My husband didn’t woo me by reading Bob books with prosody, though fluency is hot!

     My hope is that all our children who didn't win the phonological awareness, decoding, spelling and/or RAN lottery or just need explicit instruction in how to crack our alphabetic code is that they have rich, full meaningful lives. I want them to not only be able to read a ballot when they are eligible to vote, but I also want them to be on the ballot and rock the ballot. I want them to be in decision-making roles and positions of authority in all settings including as tenured faculty at schools of education if they so choose and to read widely for pleasure and purpose.  I want all our kids to light this world on fire.  But in order to do any of these things, they need to learn how to read words on a page proficiently in addition to developing their language comprehension skills. 

    Teaching our children to learn how to read, read proficiently and ensuring we have a literate society shouldn't be a mommy issue or a woman's issue. Ensuring all our children flourish at school, become productive and successful members of our society and are engaged and active citizens should be an EVERYONE issue. 

     So, while I raise my virgin Bloody Mary with extra olives glass (I don’t have time to get drowsy) to dyslexia moms everywhere who have led the charge of #untileverychildcanread as one more of their unpaid, often underappreciated, part-time jobs, as well as the rising chorus of journalists, educators, and policymakers who have taken up this issue, here’s to a 2020 in which we are joined by an ocean of dads, uncles, and grandpas who commit to rolling up their sleeves, digging into the science, making their voices heard, and making this parent advocacy movement a tsunami. 

In gratitude, 

Your fellow mom in the trenches

Selected Resources (I’m still learning)

Faith Borkowsky (2018) Failing Students or Failing Schools?: A Parent's Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention

Castles, A., Rastle, K., & Nation, K. (2018). Ending the Reading Wars: Reading Acquisition From Novice to Expert. Psychological Science in the Public Interest,  

Core Learning's free webinars Their next one coming this month is on Casualties of War: Reading Science Denial and Racism's Impact on African American Children with Kareem Weaver, Member of Education Committee, NAACP, Oakland Branch

Decoding Dyslexia--find your local chapter!

Emily Hanford's reporting and podcasts on Educate including resources for further reading

David Kilpatrick, Essentials of assessing, preventing and overcoming reading difficulties, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

The International Dyslexia Association also check out their local chapters 

Louis Moats, Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers (2nd edition). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brooks Publishing. & Of ‘Hard Words’ and Straw Men: Let’s Understand What Reading Science is Really About

Nancy Young's Ladder of Reading and this Reading League video on the Science of Reading highlighting the Ladder of Reading by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck 

National Reading Panel

National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL)

Find your state or local Parent Training and Information Center

Parental Readiness Empowerment Program: PREP, The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights helps parents become stronger advocates for their children’s education. 

Ernesto Ortiz, I Embraced the Science of Reading and Why You Should Too

The Reading League

Reading Rockets

The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read: Put Reading First: Kindergarten through Third Grade (2006). National Institute for Literacy, The Partnership for Reading

Sally Shaywitz, (2003) Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-based Program for Overcoming Reading Problems at any Level. New York, NY: Random House.

Scarborough’s reading rope: a groundbreaking infographic (2018). International Dyslexia Association

Mark Seidenberg (2017) Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It. New York, NY: Basic Books

The Simple View of Reading: Research of Importance for All Educators

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

There’s an App for That: Catching Reading Challenges Before It’s Too Late

Joseph Torgesen (2004) Avoiding the devasting downward spiral, American Educator

Understood.org

Karen Vaites (2019). A Field Guide to the Literacy Tsunami 

Natalie Wexler (2019) The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken System, and How to Fix It 

Daniel T. Willingham (2017) The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads

Maryanne Wolf, (2014) Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. 

What is Structured Literacy, International Dyslexia Association

Wrightlaw – Special Education

 

Links to Lucy Calkin’s Statement “No One Gets to Own the Term ‘Science of Reading’” & Several Responses to:

Lucy Caulkins, No one Gets to Own the Term “Science of Reading”

Margaret Goldberg, Dear Lucy, Right to Read Project

Claude Goldenberg, Lucy Calkins on the “Science of Reading.” Seriously  

Sarah Schwartz, Ed Week, The Most Popular Reading Programs Aren’t Backed by Science

Mark Seidenberg, This is why we don’t have better readers: Response to Lucy Calkins

Pamela Snow, Running with the Hare and Hunting with the Hound. My Response to Lucy Calkins’s “Science of Reading” essay

Lyn Stone, Hey SMARTASS! No-one gets to mess with my market share

 

 

 

Hello 2020: Here comes MomsRising Together!

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Happy New Year!

Thank you for being a part of this joyful, kind, winning, and powerful MomsRising movement.

As 2019 came to a close, hundreds and hundreds of donors from every corner of our nation stepped up with contributions, helping us raise many thousands of dollars to power up MOMentum in 2020. Thank you. We’re humbled to have your support and pledge to honor your generosity every single day by doing our very best to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination, and build a nation where everyone can thrive.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

We have a full plate ahead of us in 2020:

  • Together we will send over a million mom-to-mom reminders to vote in 2020, along with a full suite of voter engagement opportunities, through our highly effective Be A Voter, Raise A Voter programs;
  • We will also keep advancing positive, and much needed, policy change -- like advancing healthcare access, gun safety, paid family and medical leave, maternal justice, and affordable childcare -- through our ongoing, successful policy campaigns;
  • And we will continue our mom-consumer-power corporate practice change programs that were so successful in addressing the private prison and detention industry in 2019.

As we continue building on our victories of 2019, you will be at the heart of making change happen in 2020. Time and time again, you dig deep. You take action. You Keep Rising. And that gives us hope that we can build a brighter future for ALL women, moms and families.

Thank you.

Again, we want to express our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to you, and to all MomsRising Together supporters, for being there and taking action when the movement needs you most.

Thank you!

P.S. If creatively mobilizing more women and moms to vote is on your New Year’s resolutions list, you’re in luck. Visit our MomsVote campaign to how you and MomsRising can ignite democracy!

P.P.S. Have two minutes for major inspiration? Start 2020 right with this quick video featuring MomsRising volunteers.

2019 Year In Review: MOMentum Wins!

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From start to finish, 2019 has been a year of rip-roaring, unstoppable, joyful MOMentum! 

Just to name a few of the major wins we accomplished together this year: 

  • MomsRising leads a coalition that won commitments from major national and regional banks to quit financing private prisons, including the biggest ones detaining refugee and immigrant families;

  • MomsRising leads the way in making major advances toward a strong federal paid family and medical leave policy;

  • MomsRising moves forward policies and national dialogue to protect maternal health and reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity;

  • MomsRising grassroots leaders lift up National Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week;

  • MomsRising pushes forward equal pay by increasing MOMentum for legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Raise the Wage Act, which both passed the US House of Representatives;

  • And so much, much more!

That’s a LOT of good news to celebrate!

Moms have always been a force for change. The MOMentum we have built is a result of your actions, your letters, your donations, your dedication! And as 2020 approaches, the MOMentum of the MomsRising movement will keep healing and strengthening our communities and our nation. 

Read on to celebrate OUR wins and get energized to welcome 2020!

 

“MomsRising never gives up. And even when I feel despair, the MomsRising team is always at the ready with a way for us to act, to fight for what’s better for families, and to feel like there’s always a way to do better. I thank you for that.”

– Mary Beth, volunteer and donor

“Why do I belong to MomsRising?  You see for me it's an organization I can trust and provide a way for trying to make things better for children and their families' lives.  I feel that anything you can do for a mother, will in the end help their children, themselves and family whether its Health, Education, Gun Safety, Immigration or Justice.  MomsRising is a go-to organization where I can find some way of helping even if it is as simple as a signature. It just plain makes me feel like I can do something to help in some way no matter how small.”    

- Julianne H., volunteer and donor

 

In October, Speaker Pelosi gave a major shoutout to MomsRising at an event on lowering prescription drug costs with US Representative Delbene: ““When it comes to moms rising, we know: Don’t ever get between a parent and a public policy that can help their child.Thank you to ⁦MomsRising⁩! Nothing is more motivating to Congress than constituents, so don’t ever give up!”

In December, after thousands of signatures and letters written by MomsRising supporters, the US House passed H.R.3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. This is one major victory in our ongoing fight for healthcare justice.

 

“What motivated me to support you…fighting for gun safety legislation, quality childcare that doesn’t break the bank and voters rights. Women and Families are powerful, when they have what they need and when they stand together. To change the tide it will take All of us rowing in the same direction. We have a start, but we have to continue and you and your organization are helping to do that work.” 

— Brenda

 

Speaking of gun safety legislation: MomsRising’s unstoppable grassroots action and leadership on this issue resulted in thousands of constituent contacts on this issue. In February, the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would require background checks on all gun sales in the United States-- one of the most significant pieces of legislation on gun safety to move forward in decades. 

 

“I support several progressive organizations. MomsRising texting and emailing system to elicit direct call is far superior to the others. I consistently respond to yours. You know your audience: busy moms and busy women. I know I can advocate within two minutes. DONE!” 

— Kathy

 

“I am a Cuban American working mom, and your mission really resonates with me — especially when it comes to immigration reform. I learned about you because I saw MomsRising at the protests against the abuse of migrant children, and then checked out the podcast.” — Monica

MomsRising led a coalition of organizations in getting 9 major banks to commit to ending financing of private prison companies, including GEO Group and Core Civic. These wins were widely covered in major news outlets and spoke loud and clear: Women and moms can powerfully organize to END the financing of refugee and immigrant families’ pain for corporate gain-- and we DID!

 

“MomsRising has made it possible for moms like me to be on the frontlines of advocacy for policies to better support our families, like universal childcare and paid family leave. It’s one of the only organizing spaces where I’ve felt my whole self, and whole family, is welcome.”

— Jessica

We won a HUGE step forward with the passage of 12 weeks of paid parental leave for approximately two million federal workers as part of the National Defense Authorization Act! MomsRising is thrilled that millions more working people will soon have paid parental leave to care for new or newly adopted babies. 

To be clear, this is just a start: Working people need much more than paid parental leave, they need paid family and medical leave. Three in four workers in this country who take leave do so to address their own serious medical conditions or those of family members, and this measure will do nothing to support them. Federal workers, like all working people, need comprehensive paid family and medical leave.

Congress and the Trump administration should follow up this advance with immediate passage of the FAMILY (Family And Medical Insurance Leave) Act, the only bipartisan paid leave proposal in Congress that would cover all workers-- and we will keep fighting and keep RISING to win!

MomsRising is also opening avenues for moms to vote, including with mom-to-mom voting support!

“I mailed my postcards today and took this photo... I appreciate all you do!” —Jeanette

In November, MomsRising volunteers mobilized via text messages and postcards to directly contact other mom voters to encourage them to go vote! Together we reached thousands upon thousands of voters, mom to mom. Together we are making a difference for our democracy!

“I was raised by a single, working secretary mother. We shared a house with my grandmother.

I knew that I would not be able to go to college unless I achieved scholarships, grants and loans, so I studied very hard and worked part time the whole time I was in college. So I know that many women contributed to those scholarships that I received and they helped me, so my duty is to help other women. Together we can achieve great things with generosity, kindness and effort. Link arms and move forward together.”  

-Margaret P, volunteer and donor

 

THANK YOU FOR A 2019 FULL OF MOMENTUM! Full speed ahead to 2020 -- TOGETHER!

[VIDEO] YOU Are Our Superpower!

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Like a flame, passion needs fuel to keep burning.

At MomsRising, we are on FIRE about opening avenues for women, moms, and families to rise! For over 10 years, we’ve been on the front lines making progress on the issues that matter most to America’s families — healthcare, gun safety, fair pay, affordable childcare, immigrant justice, ending maternal mortality, racial justice, paid family/medical leave, and so much more.

Your generosity fuels this passion, and has helped us push MOMentum further than we ever thought possible. We are changing our democracy for the better — TOGETHER!

WATCH THE VIDEO: Why I Rise

But to Keep Rising in 2020, to mobilize more moms to vote, to stand strong against hate, and to fight for a brighter future for ALL families, we urgently need more fuel.

You are, and always will be, our superpower.

Will you fire up MOMentum for the new year with a contribution today — matched $1-for-$1 so you can make TWICE the impact?

On behalf of all of the women, moms and families who will benefit from your kindness and generosity, THANK YOU.

LAST #5Actions of 2019!

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It has been an historic week. Thank you to all who joined our call demanding that the U.S. Congress protect our elections and our democracy by holding President Trump accountable for his abuse of power and his undeniable obstruction of the congressional investigation. Read our press release on impeachment here.

As the holiday season kicks into full gear we also want to take a moment to thank you for all you have done this year to speak out for parents, families, our democracy, and more. Moments like these are important ones to look back at all we've done, and hopefully rest and recharge a bit for the new year to come.

We're sharing our final list of top actions for the year below. Please scroll down and be sure you've added your name to all. Once you do, share this list with family and friends. Thank you, happy holidays, happy new year, and we will see you in 2020! =>

1. Stop the Trump Administration from Legalizing Discrimination!

BACKGROUND: The Trump Administration's Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that would make it legal for HHS-funded agencies and programs to discriminate against women, religious minorities, nonreligious people, and LGBTQ+ people. It’s critical that we all take a minute to reject this proposed rule because it’s just that – a proposal – that we can defeat if we all urge HHS to renounce it. ADD YOUR NAME >>> Oppose the proposed rule that would create a license to discriminate using taxpayer funds!

2. Demand Expansion of Medicaid To Save Pregnant and Postpartum People!

BACKGROUND: With about half the births in the United States currently covered by Medicaid, expanding Medicaid is a key part of the solution to our nation’s maternal health crisis. The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019 (H.R.4996), aka the Helping MOMS Act, would incentivize state-level Medicaid extension to the entire postpartum period and invest in maternal-specific public health. Currently, the majority of pregnancy-related deaths in America happen after the day of delivery, and nearly one-quarter of deaths happen more than six weeks postpartum. Sign on now to tell your members of Congress to support the Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019 (H.R.4996)!


 

3. KEEP RISING: It’s a Year End Match!

BACKGROUND: Make a contribution today that will mobilize moms to engage in our democracy and vote, stand strong against hate, and continue making the world a better, safer, more just place for ALL moms and families. Contribute BY DEC. 31 and a sister MomsRising donor will DOUBLE your gift!

✔ Your contribution matched
✔ Every gift gets a MomsRising sticker
✔ Contribute $100+ to get a sticker + cool tote

4. Tell Congress: Don't be frosty! Put an end to this chilling child care crisis!

BACKGROUND: The struggle is real when it comes to finding high-quality, affordable early learning opportunities for our little ones. Childcare and pre-K costs are sky high—in fact, in 30 states and the District of Columbia, infant care costs exceed the average cost of college tuition. Approximately half of American families live in a “childcare desert,” meaning they can’t access the quality childcare they need. And early learning providers, 94% of whom are women, are struggling significantly since childcare is one of the lowest paying industries in the United States. We need real solutions to this national crisis, which is why I am asking you to co-sponsor and support the Child Care for Working Families Act introduced by Senator Patty Murray, Senator Bob Casey, and Representative Bobby Scott. Stand up for our littlest learners, working families, child care providers, and our economy by supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act.

5. SNAP Is Under Attack. Share why it matters to you and your family

BACKGROUND: We will not stand by while President Trump attempts to take food stamps away from struggling families in order to pay for tax cuts for billionaires and big corporations. Personal stories are powerful and make a huge difference in helping members of Congress understand why nutrition programs are important to so many Americans. Please tell us how SNAP has helped you. After you share your story with us, we’ll share your thoughts and experiences with key decision-makers.

 

Thanks for all you do, and our very best wishes to you this holiday season. We will see you in the new year!

We’re all in for immigrant justice. Join us.

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This year we dealt a big blow to the private prison industry — and we couldn’t have done it without MomsRising supporters like you.

Working with the powerful Families Belong Together coalition, the MomsRising community won the commitment of Wells Fargo Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, SunTrust, U.S. Bank, BNP Paribas, Fifth Third Bank, Barclays, and PNC to end financing of private prisons and detention centers, which profit from the suffering of immigrant families and devastating practices of mass incarceration.

These nine bank commitments represent an approximate whopping 87% of the known credit and term loans available to the top private prison companies, CoreCivic and Geo Group!

This huge victory started with contributions from MomsRising supporters just like you.

In 2020, we’re going all in for justice, and for a brighter, safer, fairer future for EVERY woman, mom and family.

Will you consider joining the team of our amazing monthly Champion contributors to power up our immigration work and to fuel MOMentum all year long?

A sister donor will DOUBLE YOUR POWER and match your monthly donations for an entire year, but only if you give by Dec. 31!

Or, if you can’t go monthly yet, chip in once today, and your contribution will still be matched $1-for-$1.

With your help, our power is growing.

Together, we’re telling our stories. Flexing the power of our purses (and our banking) for good. Speaking out to our elected officials. Rising to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Side-by-side, we’re also winning critical legislative victories — from paid family/medical leave to fair pay to maternal justice — for women and children at all governmental levels.

We’re able to continuously fight for women, moms, and families across our nation because of our generous monthly contributors.

To make sure we can Keep Rising for EVERYONE , can you chip in a special monthly donation to keep our critical work going?

Or make a one-time gift instead.

Thanks for helping power our movement!

P.S. To help us start strong in the new year, we’ve set a goal of 100 new monthly Champion contributors by the end of the month. We’ve already gotten 61 so far. Can you be one of the 39 we more we need this month?