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‘We Must Reject Divisive, Racist Policies:” MomsRising Applauds Introduction of DREAM Act, Urges Speedy Passage

On the introduction of the DREAM Act of 2017 by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham:
 
Treating immigrants fairly and with respect is not only a moral imperative, but also a way to make our nation strong and prosperous. U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) took a step in the right direction yesterday when they introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 – urgently needed legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 undocumented people who have grown up here and know no other home. These young people contribute tremendously to the strength and vitality of their communities. Forcing them to hide in the shadows is outrageous and unacceptable.
 

iAmerica, Indivisible, Mi Familia Vota and MomsRising Create Powerful Alliance

Four civic engagement groups, iAmerica Action, Indivisible, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) and MomsRising, unveiled on Tuesday the “Raise Your Hand” initiative to strengthen the voices of communities of color who often feel disenfranchised by national political leaders.
 
Through“Raise Your Hand,”an unprecedented outreach to Latino and immigrant communities in a non-election year, the collective expertise and resources of iAmerica Action, Indivisible, MFV and MomsRising will be employed to grow political empowerment in the Latino, AAPI and Black immigrant communities. The new initiative was discussed during a news media conference call moderated by Leah Greenberg, co-executive director for Indivisible.
 

U.S. Senate Vote to Advance ACA Repeal a ‘Grossly Irresponsible, Shameful Assault’ on America’s Families

Today, Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate continued their grossly irresponsible, shameful assault on our economy and the health care families rely on by approving a Motion to Proceed to a vote on a mysterious health care bill. Republican U.S. Senators have not read the bill, experts have not reviewed the bill, the Congressional Budget Office has not scored the bill’s impact and, most importantly, the American people know nothing about the bill. This partisan, secretive process has been shocking in its disregard for families and our economy -- and it must stop now.  
 

Vote happening TODAY! Tell your U.S. Senator to "Vote no!"

This is absolutely insane!
 
U.S. Senate Republican leadership announced late yesterday that they’ll be voting on a Motion to Proceed to take health care away from millions of people TODAY—and we don’t actually know what will be in the bill that they’re voting on!
 
Is this any way to deal with our nation’s health care? No!
 
*Call your U.S. Senator now to tell them to ‘Vote no!’ on the Motion to Proceed and any bill that would gut Medicaid or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare): 1-888-496-4842
 
Why aren’t there more specifics? Well, the U.S. Senate Republican leaders aren’t giving details about what their plans are in an intentional plan to cause chaos and confusion.

Human Needs Report: ACA repeal vote this week, FY18 budget and spending work, and more

The Coalition on Human Needs just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the Senate’s latest efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House FY18 budget blueprint, House and Senate spending work, and efforts to repeal a new consumer financial protection rule.

Click here for a PDF version of the Human Needs Report.

Your #5Actions for This Week!

We had a huge victory this week, as the very-bad Senate healthcare bill came to a halt in Washington. The voices of parents, families, caregivers, partners, sisters and daughters like US made a huge difference. Sadly, the healthcare battle isn't over. But for a brief moment let's congratulate ourselves on a job well done.

Then let's roll up our sleeves and keep the momentum up on urgent issues in need of our attention, including the budget, net neutrality, opioids and more. 

As always, we make it easy to speak out and make your voice heard through our weekly round-up of top actions, below. You can take all 5 actions at once, or do one a day. Your choice. What matters most is that you continue to speak out. And be sure to share this list with friends and family too.

Thank you! 

1. Share your Experience with Opioids, Paid Family & Medical Leave, and Affordable Health Care

New York: We Want Healthier Kids’ Menus!

At MomsRising we believe we all have a role in supporting healthy kids. We work with parents across the country and often counsel families on the importance of making healthy choices. Many parents tell us about their struggles of trying to provide healthy food and drinks for their kids and the battles that ensue because kids want sugary drinks. To all the parents who want healthy options for your families, we have a message for you: you are not alone!

According to a recent poll commissioned by the American Heart Association in New York City, voters expressed nearly universal support for making the options on children’s menus healthier (94% support/4% oppose). People see growing up at an unhealthy weight, poor nutrition, and lack of healthy food options as problems for children and teens.

Breastfeeding Moms Need Places to Pump

Airplane bathrooms. Parked cars. Utility closets. In a cubicle with absolutely no privacy. These are just some of the places that breastfeeding moms have had to pump breastmilk because they didn’t have access to anything better.
 
Let's bring mothers out of the bathroom stalls and into the pumping rooms they deserve.
 
→ Click here and add your name to our letter calling on Congress to support working moms who don’t have adequate spaces to pump and store breastmilk at work.
 
We’re going to hand deliver your signatures and more to Congress on Monday, August 7th.
 
** We know that Congress will still be in session, and probably still talking about health care on Monday the 7th, so this is a really powerful time for us to make this delivery!

Health Care Protections Keep These Kids Alive

The latest attempt by Congressional Republicans to dismantle Medicaid and other medical care protections for millions of Americans is dead for now, but the fight is not over. Americans across the country, of all races, every income level, and varying levels of health are faced with a proposal to repeal Obamacare protections without replacing them with anything at all.

For many, their lives are literally on the line in this battle. My daughter Claire is one of them. Her life depends on Medicaid protections she is able to access through the Katie Beckett program initiated by Ronald Regan specially to help children like her with significant disabilities. Yet, Claire is only one child at risk. In every state, there are thousands of other children like her whose life depends on Medicaid protections and other Obamacare protections that mean that their pre-existing conditions will not disqualify them from obtaining health insurance at all.

MICHIGAN: Come meet Sandy, whose daughter died in the Aurora Shooting

Today marks the 5-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. During that needless act of violence, twelve lives were lost, including Jessica Ghawi.

Since that time, Jessi’s mom, Sandy Phillips, has established Jessi’s Message to support and advocate for a safer America by reducing gun violence.

On Tuesday, July 25th we have a tremendous opportunity to join Jessi’s mom Sandy in a conversation about gun violence and ways we can work together to make our communities safer so none of us have to go through the nightmare that Sandy has been through.

Join MomsRising and the anti-gun violence community in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 25th for this important event!

Join me at this riveting evening of education, activism, and conversation with Sandy. We must hear survivors’ voices and heed their call to action so that we may prevent other families from being shattered by senseless American gun violence.  This will be an unforgettable evening.

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