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A Special Match for #GivingTuesday

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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.

ACTION NEEDED: A heartless decision

Take Action!I have bad news. Amidst growing anti-immigrant rhetoric that's harming our children and our economy, earlier this week a divided 5th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a cruel blow. 
 
What happened?
 
Well, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided, in a ruling against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), to continue to stall implementation of the Obama Administration's Executive Action on Immigration that would have protected millions of immigrant families from separation and allowed them to be more visible in their ongoing contributions to our country’s economy. 
 
However, the fight isn't over. We still have a chance to stand up for fair treatment of immigrant families and for our economy.
 
*Can you take a quick moment to have a lasting impact? Join us to urge the DOJ to quickly appeal this unjust ruling.

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.

An act of love

One day I woke up and my suitcase was packed. I was 12, and that was the last time I saw my mother in person.

It took years to recognize it, but what my mother did that day was the toughest act of her life--and it was an act of love. She was, in her mind, and in reality, flying me off to a land of opportunity, a place where I had a chance at a different life. For my mother, the answer to “what would you do for your child?” is “anything”--even if that meant almost unbearable separation that has now spanned decades.

So, what would your mom do for you? Moms, what would you do for your child? Would you cross oceans, climb fences, cross deserts? If so, I’d have to agree with Jeb Bush in suggesting it is an act of love.

Let’s start a movement this Mother’s Day and share all the acts of love we see from our mothers using #ActofLove and #MothersDay.

Groups of moms are already doing this in Arizona where the film “Documented” is showing this weekend (@Documentedfilm).

One Phone Call Could Reunite an Immigrant Mom with Her Kids

Mother's day is less than two weeks away. And right now, a family in California's Antelope Valley is wondering whether they'll be together to embrace and celebrate their mom on that day, or whether they'll be torn apart by broken policies. 
 

The decision could be made in hours. 

And if we take action to support this family, we moms could make all the difference. 
 

Maria Isabel Zavala lived in Lancaster, California for ten years, where she sought to provide the best life possible for her three younger children. The family is part of the fabric of their community. Two of Maria's children  now have temporary protection from deportation thanks to the "Deferred Action" program, and one is a US Citizen.

But a few years ago, Maria faced a terrible dilemma

Maria's family is split by the border, and her oldest daughter lives back in Mexico. That daughter was facing serious surgery - it was a matter of life or death. 

What I think about when I fast every Wednesday for Lent

Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

Fasting has been a very interesting and contemplative experience for me. In addition to this 24-hour fast for immigrant survivors of violence, I have pledged to fast every Wednesday during Lent.

Women Fast for Immigrant Families: A MomsRising.org Blog Carnival

Blog Carnival

Today April 8th, 2014 marks the second day of a 48-hour fast by 100 women who have come together in D.C. to urge our elected leaders to vote on an immigration reform bill that is fair and inclusive of women, children and families. The fast in the "Courage Cafe" tent on 4th and Jefferson in D.C. is part of a nationwide movement by the We Belong Together women's coalition, in which 1,500 women in 35 states fasted in 24-hour increments in the last month. Three-quarters of all immigrants to the United States are women and children. 5.5 million children live in mixed status households, which means that they live with the uncertainty of losing their mom or dad any day. Yet, our leaders are stalling, and this is simply unacceptable.

After fasting, I felt triumphant!

Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

I put up a sign next to my cube at work that said I was fasting and got a lot of support from co-workers (especially those who were also fasting themselves), and others who share our office space.

I shared a post on my Facebook page about our fasting, and there was a good response from friends there.

These seem like little anecdotes, but slowly but surely the word gets out! It helped me to know that I was one of many participating in the fast across the country. When I had breakfast this morning, I felt triumphant!

My fast will last past the We Belong Together delegation in DC

I am originally from Mexico and studied electronic engineering there until I moved to Grand Rapids in 1991.

My family has been living and working there since 1945 when the United States was doing all they could to get workers from Mexico to come to this country to work during the war effort. My husband, two daughters, and I have a comfortable life in Grand Rapids. But when I think of the hard-working immigrants who came to this country in an effort to make a better life for their families back in Mexico, I know that I must act.

I think about what is must be like for them to go to a job and possibly get stopped on the drive home because of a minor traffic incident, then be deported knowing your family will not have you home for dinner and possibly never see you again. I cannot be indifferent to the injustice of this broken system. My faith moves me to help take action.

The Most Difficult Part of the Fast...

Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

I was honored to participate in the Act. Fast. Women's Fast for Families campaign with a group of advocates across the country to raise awareness of the critical need of immigration reform.

We shared information about the fast on ASISTA's website yesterday and today.

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