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families & the federal budget

Wow, You Did All THAT in 2015? MomsRising WINS!

Celebrate Wins!

Sometimes it’s hard to see the many ways that small actions like signing a petition, sharing your personal experience, making a call, attending a local meeting, or playing a MomsVote debate game on social media add up over time and make a big difference.

They do. Because we are MomsRising together.

Your everyday actions (over a million in 2015!) added up to inspiring victories for moms and families this year:

A Special Match for #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

You gave thanks. You ate delicious food. You got deals. Now, it’s time to give back!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of celebrating and supporting the causes that matter most to us – like making the world a better, safer, more just place for women, moms and families.

To mark this day, another generous donor has offered to give $25 for every contribution today – in any amount! Make a gift, unlock this special match for Giving Tuesday!

Our goal today is to recruit 100 new and returning MomsRising donors today for Giving Tuesday. I hope you will become one of them!

Your support today will help MomsRising dial up the fight for pay equity, push harder for gun safety, and turn up the pressure for paid family / maternity / paternity medical leave.

Working Mom and #MilSpouse Speaks Out for Tax Credits For Families

Working moms are never off the clock. Our working days are bookended by packing kids’ lunches in the morning and reading bedtime stories at night. We put in a lot more than a full day’s work and every dollar we work for is hard earned. This is even more true for military families like mine. We know that every moment and penny counts and we gladly accept all the help we can get.

 

Conversation Cafe with Marco Rubio

Talking with Marco Rubio in New Hampshire’s “Conversation Café”  

Hello again! It feels like I’ve hit almost every corner of New Hampshire in the last few months in my work to give voice to the Granite State’s families in the Presidential campaign and beyond. 

Last week, this work gave me a great opportunity – talking directly to Senator Marco Rubio - as part of the candidate “Conversation Cafés” organized by WMUR (our local TV station). WMUR are hosting candidate cafés with each of the candidates and a few members of the public. This was an informal gathering to get to know the candidate on a more personal level.  Click here to see a clip of the show.

Tell Speaker Ryan to support the EITC and Child Tax Credit!

Representative Paul Ryan was just sworn in as the new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives last Thursday. We want to give him a big welcome to this new and important position and we want to do it the MomsRising way—by making sure he prioritizes working families!

Let's start by urging Speaker Ryan to use his new power to move forward tax breaks for working families, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit, which Speaker Ryan has publicly supported in the past.

Can you take a few seconds and sign this letter to Speaker Ryan urging his continued support for the EITC and Child Tax Credit now?

Bipartisan Budget Deal By White House and Congress Offers Welcomed Relief

The bipartisan budget deal hammered out this week by the White House and Congressional leaders – while falling short of what the nation's struggling households need from their government - will provide welcome stability to the budget and appropriations process for the remainder of this year and into 2017. It provides a path for Congress to reduce fiscal brinkmanship and to begin to focus on the real issues at hand.
 
The deal eases much of the stranglehold that sequestration placed on the budget. Without this deal, programs such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Head Start, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and others would have all been likely to suffer additional painful cuts due to the tight budget caps. This would have caused irreparable harm to the millions who struggle against hunger and poverty in this country.

This Professor’s Secret Could Save Your Life

Professors lead cushy lives. They get to stroll the grounds of stately, ivy-covered campuses, tailed by flocks of eager students who revere them as intellectual giants. Or so I’d always thought.

Then I met Susan. Susan is a smart, highly educated professor. She lives in the Tacoma area where she works hard preparing lessons, grading papers and quizzes, and faithfully responding to every student inquiry.  Students praise her teaching skills.

But none of these things matter to her employer.  Despite high performance reviews, Susan never knows if she will see another paycheck.  Unlike the tenured academics who enjoy secure jobs, steady pay, sick leave and good health benefits at many traditional universities, Susan is a so-called “adjunct professor” with a for profit corporation that runs an online university. She is paid a low hourly wage and her income fluctuates quite a bit from month to month.  She receives no benefits, or sick days. Her name has been changed to protect her innocence.

A Federal Program that Can Provide Support During the Critical Early Years

My youngest child just turned 12, but I can still remember how hard it was when my children were babies: the lack of sleep, the colicky evenings, the diaper blow-outs, the meals eaten with one hand, the worry when they ran a fever.

But I never had to worry about whether we’d have a place to sleep at night, or enough to eat, and I never tried to wash and reuse a disposable diaper because I couldn’t afford to buy more. For too many parents of infants, that’s not the case. In 2014, nearly one-quarter of all babies under the age of 1 were in poor families, as were more than one-third of Black and Hispanic babies.

My Speech on Women and Work

Tomorrow I will be giving a speech about the state of working women. The event, which is sponsored by the National Women's Law Center, takes a look at both the progress we have made and what is left to be done to ensure women have equality in the workplace and our daily lives. Here are some excerpts in advance:

Preserve tax credits so struggling families can do more than just survive

Since joining RESULTS earlier this year, I’ve learned to understand the power of my own voice. If speak up and demand change — and if other ordinary people do the same — our elected representatives will listen. That’s why advocacy is such an incredible force. It has the capacity to transform policy and impact the lives of millions of people.  I wrote the op-ed below for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I now live, and it was published this month. I want to see the end of poverty in my state and all over the country. I’m raising my voice for change, and I won’t give up until we get it.

It’s a cold December day in 2007, and downtown Jamaica Queens, N.Y., is decorated for the season. Big and beautiful wreaths hang from post to post. I stand in line hoping to be the first of the few inside before the building becomes unbelievably packed.

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