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How the Powerful Meat Industry Denies the Science on Antibiotics Used in Livestock

Say a powerful, multibillion dollar industry has bet the farm on routinely using important human antibiotics where they’re not needed. Now, make a guess about that industry’s playbook once the world’s most respected health agency pronounces that this practice is endangering lives?

Denial?

Distraction?

Attack the messenger?

If you guessed any of the above, you’d be spot on.

It’s only been a week since the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been leading the global charge in the antibiotic resistance crisis, made an important announcement. I blogged then about the public health importance of WHO’s strong recommendations, which lay out exactly how food animal producers should be using – or more accurately, shouldn’t be using– antibiotics that are medically important.

Tell U.S. Senate: NO on Michael Dourson!

As a child, I spent weeks every summer rambling around my family farm in southern Ohio. A favorite destination was an old stream bed that fed into a larger creek on the edge of our property. And although I love taking my own kids down to that farm, I can't let them play in the water as I once did because it's been contaminated by PFOA from the Dupont factory upriver in West Virginia. PFOA is a dangerous chemical known to contribute to cancer, birth defects, and more. [1]  

Michael Dourson also has close ties to that region, but it's because he helped Dupont get off the hook for contaminating our water with PFOA. 

So there's no way I'm letting this guy lead the EPA office of chemical safety without a fight.

Will you join me in telling the US Senate to oppose the nomination of Michael Dourson? 

They could vote any day. We need to make some noise now. 

Clean and safe water is a human right. Full stop. 

House Republican Tax Bill ‘Throws Working Families Under the Bus’

By passing a harmful, heinous tax bill, House Republicans today threw working families under the bus in order to kowtow to big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent of people in our country. This bill will give tax breaks to those who need it least while doing real damage to our economy and working families – including the middle class, low-income communities, seniors, people with disabilities, communities of color, women, teachers, students, and people in need of health care. That’s pretty much everyone. The faulty House Republican tax reform plan must not become law.
 
No matter how much Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration try to deceive us, the moms of America know the truth: The bill the House passed today will be disastrous for working families and our economy. It will raise taxes for many middle-class families and gut essential programs that boost our health care, our nutrition, our education, and our economy – all so the rich can get richer. It will starve the federal budget in ways that are sure to put Medicaid, Medicare, Head Start, SNAP, and other essential programs on the chopping block.
 

Please tell us: Why do you #keepmarching?

Share Your Story!

What are you fighting for? Health care for your child? The right to live without fear of gun violence? Ending bigotry?

There’s a reason we keep marching, calling, writing.

What's yours?

Share a sentence or two about why you #KeepMarching. We’ll showcase your stories online and on-the-ground to inspire other moms, and feature them in our 24 Hours of MomsRising Giving Tuesday celebration Nov. 28!

Our strength is each other. It always has been, and always will be.

By sharing your “why” with others, you help other women and moms come off the sidelines, stay strong, and keep marching for justice, fairness and equality for women and families.

Here are some examples of Why I Keep Marching statements:

FREE Family Celebrations in Washington State!

MomsRising is hosting FREE family celebrations in Des Moines, Everett, and Auburn, Washington featuring live musical entertainment by kid-entertainer extraordinaire Eli Rosenblatt, arts and crafts by Seattle Recreative, face painting, and plenty of kid- and adult-friendly food to go around.

Why are we celebrating? Because beginning in 2020, all Washington workers will have access to paid family and medical leave. This victory is huge and it is in no small part due to moms, dads, and family members like YOU raising your voices for a strong policy that meets the needs of Washington families. 

Now it’s time to celebrate!

Please join us for one (or all!) of our events in Des Moines, Everett, and Auburn, Washington. Click on the event(s) you'd like to RSVP for:

MomsRising on the Inclusion of the ACA Mandate Repeal in the Senate Tax Bill

Yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate tax bill would include a provision to do away with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that all Americans have health insurance. The repeal of the individual mandate would remove the incentive for younger, healthier Americans who buy their insurance through the individual market to purchase coverage, tilting the market toward older, sicker consumers—in turn, decreasing the number of insurers who participate in the marketplace.

For Thanksgiving, Moms Will Show Appreciation for Immigrants in Our Families, Workplaces and Communities

One week before Thanksgiving, MomsRising, SEIU, Herd on the Hill, Mormon Women for Ethical Governance, UndocuBlack, CASA and allies will visit Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress why they’re thankful for the immigrants in their lives. The groups will also remind members of Congress that the diversity of our nation is what makes us strong, innovative and prosperous – and we’re thankful to live in the United States of America together. The coalition will hold a news conference with Sen. Chris Van Hollen to talk about the many ways immigrants contribute to our nation’s success and encourage Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act and to take action to protect the legal status of 320,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients.
 
What:                 News conference on the importance of immigrants, followed by delivery to
                           members of Congress
When:                Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:30 AM 
                           Deliveries will take place between 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
Where:                S-115, U.S. Capitol
Speakers:            Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Human Needs Report: Tax cut bills, disaster aid, anti-immigrant policies, and more

The Coalition on Human Needs just released the latest edition of the Human Needs Report, a regular newsletter on national policy affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. Read on for articles on the House and Senate tax cut bills, year-end spending deals, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, policies hurting immigrant communities, and more.

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

#ScaryBudget & the Health of Pregnant Women

The #ScaryBudget just passed the House and will have a devastating impact on programs such Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Head Start, WIC, public housing and childcare assistance that pregnant women and their families rely on to live healthy lives. Check out our Storify as we talked about the #ScaryBudget and its impact on the health and lives of pregnant women and their families at #MaternalJustice!

Remembering Our Veterans Today and Everyday

Serving in the United States Army, comes with a great commitment and sacrifice. Many young people register to serve the armed forces as soon as they turn 18 years old, when they are just beginning to live their lives and with their commitment also come some excellent rewards.

I was one of those young women who at the age of 18 made the decision to seek a new life experience and the US Army provided me with the training and tools to achieve that goal. My military service lasted 8 years, but what I learned has been part of my personal growth until this day.

One of the best services I have obtained as a Veteran, has been the fertility treatment I underwent in order to become the mother of my beloved son who is now 12 years old.

November is the month we celebrate Veterans Day in the United States and I would like to share with you some of the benefits that are available for Veterans, that you may not have known (click on the direct links for additional details):

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