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First Ever NYC High Road Restaurant Week!

Like many people, I enjoy eating out. It not only gives me a break from cooking, it allows me to savor dishes I would never know how to create on my own. In my eyes, that was a win-win, until I discovered the dismal conditions restaurant workers endure.

Reality: Restaurant workers face 3x the poverty rate of the rest of the US workforce. They also experience discrimination, sexual harassment, occupational segregation, and lack of paid sick days and career mobility. However, some restaurants in New York City are trying to change this. They are called the “High Road Restaurants”.

High Road Restaurants take the high road to profitability by supporting ethical labor practices, including sustainable wages, health care options, healthy and safe working conditions, and advancement opportunities for their workers. They understand that a happy worker translates into a happy experience for you and me, the consumers. And, that is a real win-win for all involved.

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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Healthy Workplaces + Meetings = Healthy YOU

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Many of us spend the majority of our day at work and much of that time is spent in meetings. If workplaces and meetings don't provide supportive environments, with healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, it can be hard to be healthy during the workday. This #FoodFri, @MomsRising will be joined by @American_Heart, and @CSPI on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1pm, EST to discuss ways to improve workplaces and meetings.

Join us!

This tweetchat will be an opportunity to share resources, generate discussion, and think about how we can improve our own workplaces and meetings. We want to hear from you! No one else knows your workplace like you. So, make sure to join us and bring any relevant resources you'd like to share during the chat.

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

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via Ebony: The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 40: The Akinwole-Bandeles

Congratulations to MomsRising.org Senior Campaign Director Monifa Bandele and her husband Lumumba Bandele on being named one of Ebony's "Coolest Black Families in America"!

Check out the spectacular Ebony profile article below that spans from activism to romance, to having and raising kids, to making your own rules, and more. It's a must read:

Ebony: The Coolest Black Family in America, No. 40: The Akinwole-Bandeles

April 21, 2014

Love is the most revolutionary act of all. Just ask Monifa and Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, our social activist coolest family number 40

By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

 

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Once You Work from Home, There's No Going Back

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Yesterday was one of those moments, in which I felt my life come full circle. Almost 11 years ago, I left a reporting job in San Francisco to be home with my newborn son…and to be on the lookout for a job that I could do from home.

I freelanced for a while, then started a blog, and did contract work for non-profit organizations. It all led to my current full-time position at MomsRising — which I do from home. Every day, I log in at about 7:30 a.m., drop off the kids at school at 8 a.m., put in about six hours of work, including meetings over the phone and ginormous piles of e-mail, pick up the kids at 3 p.m., give them a snack, make dinner, and put in the last two hours in the evening.

I have my routine down pat, and it’s something that I shared with a packed room at theOffice Optional Conference in San Francisco. While I was there to sing the praises of working from home, I also offered these lessons learned:

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On Earth Day: Help Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Children’s Products

One of my favorite quotes relating to environmental health is this:

It's true. One thing every human being has in common is that we all grew in our mother's bodies. Our mother's womb is the place we first existed and we relied on her (and her body) for nourishment and safety.

But what if, unbeknownst to her, the products she touched and used - common items like shampoo, body lotion and even the very toys she purchased during pregnancy to prepare for our arrival were emitting toxic chemicals that could pass through her umbilical cord into us?

That is the harsh, startling reality these days. Babies today are born with more than 200 chemicals in their bodies. TWO HUNDRED. How is this happening? Why isn't there more of an outcry from the public? Why doesn't the government do more to protect us?

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