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It’s been a little over a month since the Women’s March.  I was humbled and honored to have been part of the sister march in Miami, FL, and to this day still have not been able to wrap my mind around the magnitude of the experience.  Today, I think about the energy and drive it took for all those who organized and motivated so many to speak up and express what they feel needs to happen in their communities.  The Miami Women’s Rally team was amazing.  They organized and got us all together in a matter of weeks.  They were clear on their intentions and clear on how they hoped we would express our messages.  I know I would not been able to write and speak without the assistance of Sandy, the person in charge of speakers.  Being able to hold her hand while my heart was in my throat before I stepped on stage will be a memory and a moment of camaraderie that will live with me always.  I am grateful to have had that experience and to be able to represent the issues that are important to MomsRising and policies that will help parents and their children.  I thought I’d share the speech here with you, my MomsRising family.  I hope it will inspire and continue to drive all of you to contin

#KeepMarching! Audio from MomsRising's Phone Meeting on Advocacy and Organizing

After the Women’s March, women, mothers and others across the country vowed to #KeepMarching—by paying attention, speaking out and showing up, online AND on the ground. MomsRising members are joining together by the thousands, building up their voices and their power in defense of families, communities and our country.

We could not be more proud, and we are with our members every step of the way!

That’s why, on February 21, at 9 PM EST, MomsRising held a Telephone Town Hall to share some of our favorite organizing and advocacy tactics with our members who are ready to do more. The presentation was based on our new advocacy and organizing toolkit, #KeepMarching: MomsRising Advocacy and Organizing Tactics and Tips. We covered:

Why it's Worth Remembering Olmsted and his Trees Right Now

 

         A couple of times this month, I’ve marched with my 13-year-old daughter and other chilly people, including at The Women’s March on Washington. It convened near the southwest lawn of the U.S. Capitol and proceeded – in fits and starts - down Independence Avenue along the edge of the national mall.

         In the act of walking together, we made a statement and did something that helps us feel marginally better about an election that perhaps didn’t go our way. Walking this particular route, imbued with history, monumental architecture and open green space, connected us to each other and, as science is now telling us, also helped us recover from anxiety and stress.

My Town Hall Experience

My mom recently attended our local Representative's townhall to share her thoughts about the ACA. Here's what happened, in her own words:

On February 11, my husband John and I attended the ACA Town Hall held by Representative Gus Bilirakis. We felt strongly about attending and sharing our story so we arrived early to get a seat.

The Center was filled to capacity with a large crowd overflowing outside. Inside, we were asked to complete a form from Representative Bilirakis. It included name, address, concerns and if you wanted to speak. We checked yes but figured the possibility was slim being chosen to talk. His staff was efficient and congenial. They even allowed me to take a picture with them holding a booklet from MomsRising about the ACA. Representative Bilirakis entered the Center walking through the crowd conversing with people along the way even though it was obvious the majority was in support of the ACA. He let the crowd know he was there to hear our stories and that he felt it was his job to hear from his constituents.

The Human Needs Report: spending work, replacing the ACA, Trump's cabinet and more

Congress is currently in its first recess of the year. The Coalition on Human Needs just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what members tackled before the break, and what's waiting for them when they return on Feb. 27. Read on for articles on FY17 & FY18 budget and appropriations work, House Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump's cabinet, and worker protections under threat.

Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report.

Top #5Actions To Take This Week!

You’re making a big difference!  Last week, after more than 30,000 of you sent messages opposing Trump’s completely unqualified nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, along with a wide spectrum of engagement activities from a growing movement…. Drum roll please… that nominee dropped out!  You did it!  Plus, you’re building significant momentum to protect healthcare and Congress has gone from talking about outright repealing the ACA to “repairing” it.  

We’ve got to keep up the momentum!  So here are our Top #5Actions for this week:

1-Help protect our democracy! Call 1-855-440-1800 and tell your member of Congress to defend the media and the judiciary branch from Donald Trump's efforts to delegitimize them. Tell your U.S. Senator it's time to put country before party: Stand up to Trump and stand for our nation now!

→ ACTION: Call 1-855-440-1800 and we’ll walk you through every step.

Top #5Actions To Take This Week!

You’re making a big difference!  Last week, after more than 30,000 of you sent messages opposing Trump’s completely unqualified nominee for the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, along with a wide spectrum of engagement activities from a growing movement…. Drum roll please… that nominee dropped out!  You did it!  Plus, you’re building significant momentum to protect healthcare and Congress has gone from talking about outright repealing the ACA to “repairing” it.  

We’ve got to keep up the momentum!  So here are our Top #5Actions for this week:

1-Help protect our democracy! Call 1-855-440-1800 and tell your member of Congress to defend the media and the judiciary branch from Donald Trump's efforts to delegitimize them. Tell your U.S. Senator it's time to put country before party: Stand up to Trump and stand for our nation now!

→ ACTION: Call 1-855-440-1800 and we’ll walk you through every step.

Parents to Walgreens: Back us up!

My kids and I are always hatching plans for (I’ll be honest, often overambitious) craft projects. So we’re in and out of stores a lot, picking up the often-forgotten small items to finish that star blaster or ride-on pony.

This actually happened: Last month my son and I were in a large chain store, and for the entire time we’re waiting in an endless checkout line, he’s bopping back and forth asking me for candy or junk. He must have asked ten times. What kind of position does that put me in, as a parent? Not a good one. 

Join me in asking one the country’s biggest pharmacy chains - Walgreens - to get junk food out of checkout lines.

I know! There is already a lot going on this year. I’m sure you’re moving at full speed shuttling kids to school, tackling new resolutions, and more.
 
Here at MomsRising our year has been just as busy, and we ask our leaders to prioritize issues that support moms and families.

On top of that, we are still moving full steam ahead building a movement for healthy kids. We won so much in 2016 that we can’t lose momentum now! 

Parents to Walgreens: Back us up!

My kids and I are always hatching plans for (I’ll be honest, often overambitious) craft projects. So we’re in and out of stores a lot, picking up the often-forgotten small items to finish that star blaster or ride-on pony.

This actually happened: Last month my son and I were in a large chain store, and for the entire time we’re waiting in an endless checkout line, he’s bopping back and forth asking me for candy or junk. He must have asked ten times. What kind of position does that put me in, as a parent? Not a good one. 

Join me in asking one the country’s biggest pharmacy chains - Walgreens - to get junk food out of checkout lines.

I know! There is already a lot going on this year. I’m sure you’re moving at full speed shuttling kids to school, tackling new resolutions, and more.
 
Here at MomsRising our year has been just as busy, and we ask our leaders to prioritize issues that support moms and families.

On top of that, we are still moving full steam ahead building a movement for healthy kids. We won so much in 2016 that we can’t lose momentum now! 

#MilitaryMonday: Military Spouse: Get Hired with Confidence

Jean is a Marine spouse, daughter of two Army veterans, and former FBI special agent. She’s been translating “military to civilian” her entire life. In 2016 she founded Hire Served to bridge the gap between corporate recruiting teams and the veterans they want to hire. Today, Jean and her team translate military experience into equivalent corporate terms for recruiting teams. In addition to Hire Served, Jean is the Veteran Outreach Director for Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a board member for Semper Fido, and volunteer with The Weekly Fight.

“Military spouses spend the bulk of their lives following someone else’s career instead of their own. It’s a huge sacrifice to make. And what ends up happening is their identities get tied into someone else, and they end up losing a piece of themselves. It’s hard to be confident when you don’t know who you are.” – Jean South

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