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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.
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.
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:
Submitted by To-wen Tseng on Fri, 2015-12-11 05:00
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.
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:
Submitted by Migdalia Rivera on Fri, 2015-10-23 04:00
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!
Submitted by Denise Mestanza-Taylor on Fri, 2015-10-23 04:00
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).
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.