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New York Expands the Rights of Pregnant Women Not to Be Shackled

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law a measure that greatly expands protection against the inhumane and risky practice of restraining women when they are pregnant or have recently had a baby.

Although New York enacted a law in 2009 to prevent the use of restraints on women during labor and childbirth, that did not put a stop to the practice. Research by the Women in Prison Project of the Correctional Association of New York found that 23 of 27 women who gave birth after the law took effect were still restrained.

Moreover, the Correctional Association heard harrowing stories from women of being shackled during hours-long bus rides between prisons and trips to see a doctor outside of prison, and of having to navigate stairs with their hands cuffed and their ankles chained together, a recipe for tripping and falling.

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:

Working Moms Still Don’t Have Enough Support at Work. Let’s Change This.

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There are those moments in motherhood that are permanently etched in memory.

When I was still a working reporter serving as a staff writer at a Chinese-language newspaper’s Los Angeles Bureau, I sat on the floor in the bathroom stall between assignments to pump breast milk for my then 3-month-old son while my colleagues went to bathroom, knocked on the door and occasionally told me to hurry up. After each pumping session I moved to the office kitchen to wash the pump parts, trying to ignore my colleagues stating behind me and saying “don’t wash your dirty panties here.” 
I can still vividly recall the stressful and shameful process which is necessary because my employer offered no space for mothers to use their breast pump. So it was pumping in the bathroom stall or nothing. Not ideal to say at least.

#Radio This Week: #Enough


For your podcast list: Breaking Through with me, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner! It's fun, feisty, and relevant for moms and families. Our weekly podcast is ‪#‎free‬ for all on iTunes:


Top Six Ways Parents Can Push Back Against Harmful School Commercialism

Parents hoping to limit their kids’ exposure to excessive commercialism are understandably frustrated when marketers invade traditionally “commercial-free” venues outside the home, such as your child’s school. And school advertising abounds in many forms. Most of us are familiar with ads in yearbooks and newsletters, on team uniforms and vending machines, and even on the sides of school buses. But some schools now sell ad space in highly visible locations such as on class websites, cafeteria banners, bookcovers, and even homework folders. Even more worrisome is when marketing makes its way into the school curriculum. Here are six ways you can protect your child from harmful advertising messages:


Plan of Action to End Hunger In America #FoodFri


The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has created a Plan of Action to End Hunger In America. Their innovative plan offers concrete solutions to a very real and growing problem.

In the United States, hunger and food insecurity has been steadily increasing. Federal nutrition programs help millions of low-income Americans get access to healthy food, but it is not enough.

"Federal nutrition programs alone cannot carry the burden. Unless employment levels and wages rise substantially, and working schedules, benefits, and work supports improve, we cannot solve hunger.”  - Plan of Action to End Hunger In America

Join #FoodFri on December 4, 2015, 1 p.m. EST, to chat with @MomsRising and @fractweets. We will be chatting about FRAC's Plan of Action to End Hunger in America.

Feel free to spread the word by clicking below!

A Special Match for #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.

Farm to School: Let's Get Fresh Foods In Our Kids Schools! #FoodFri


October is National Farm to School Month and we're joining in the fun with a farm to school themed #FoodFri chat!

Join #FoodFri on October 23, 2015, as @MomsRising chats with @USDANutrition and @FarmtoSchool.  We'll be chatting with Moms and Dads, like you, as well as organizations that are implementing fun, creative activities that help children grow, taste and prepare the fresh foods received from their local farms. That's definitely something to celebrate!

Spread the word by clicking below! We can't wait to tweet with you!

Tweet: Super excited to join #FoodFri on 10/23 @ 1pmEST to chat #farmtoschool w @MomsRising @USDANutrition @farmtoschool!

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

Teal Pumpkin Project Makes Halloween Safe for Children with Food Allergies

Halloween is lurking around the corner. But for some families, it isn’t the chill in the air, haunted houses or costumes that have them scared. For parents of children living with severe allergies, it’s the possibility of their child ingesting a lethal allergen which could ultimately lead death.

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), “severe food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children” and approximately “every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. That is more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year. “

For parents of children with severe food allergies, an Epi-Pen is always within reach as it is the first line of defense to treat a severe allergic reaction which can “range from a mild response (such as an itchy mouth) to anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially deadly reaction” (FARE).

#StoptheCuts so we can #endhungernow

Earlier this month, the Food Research and Action Center shared a comprehensive plan of action to end hunger in America. This plan lists clear steps that our nation can take to achieve this goal, but it most certainly cannot be done unless Congress #stopsthecuts and starts to invest in proven programs.

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