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Take #5Actions This Week! Week of 4/24/2017

On your mark... get set…. go!!!  It’s #5Actions time!  You can do all five of the actions on one day, or spread them out across the week, your choice. The important thing is not WHEN you do them, but IF you do them. One thing we know for sure is that if you do them, your actions will add up with others who are taking action, and together we're sure to have an impact.

Here are your #5Actions for this week:

1. Urge Congress To Stop a Fake Wolf-In-Sheep’s-Clothing “Flex/Comp Time" Bill ASAP


#MilitaryMonday: Mom, Wife, Immigrant, Soldier

My name is Brishithe Tovar and I was born in Guatemala. My family and I migrated to California when I was 9 years old after my mother got robbed at gunpoint when she was 6 months pregnant. The shock and stress was so severe, my mom developed dangerously high blood pressure and temporary blindness, and my brother was born via emergency cesarean section. He battled for his life in the NICU and my mom fought for her life in the ICU. Fortunately, both my brother and mother recovered, but after that, my mom decided that it was time to leave Guatemala and try our luck in the USA. My mom brought her 5 children to California where she worked three jobs to pay the bills, keep a roof over our heads, and put meals on the table.

#RADIO: Tips From Elected Leaders & Experts on Having A Powerful Impact

Radio! On the radio show this week we cover the best tactics for fighting for justice in the time of Trump; tips for mindfulness in parenting and the benefits of bilingualism; why access to healthcare including Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is important and impacts us all; and how Washington State is leading the way in protecting women, moms, and the economy.
*Special guests include:
U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, @PramilaJayapal;  
Lina Acosta Sandaal,
Dr. Ben Sommers, @HarvardChanSPH
Washington State Representative Jessyn Farrell, @jessynfarrell1.


From Bad to Worse: New Health Care Proposal Is Terrible for Nation’s Moms, Families, Economy

Leaders in Congress have managed to take a bad health care proposal and make it even worse in the U.S. House of Representatives measure that was leaked today. This is yet another heartless attempt to appease extreme members of the conservative right, without regard for what is best for mothers, families, and our economy. Not only does this new proposal fix none of the problems in the earlier version of the American Health Care Act, but the MacArthur amendment would explode premiums for people with pre-existing conditions, pushing coverage out of reach for those who most need it, as well as repeal the requirement that insurers provide essential health benefits, eliminating critical services for women and families like maternity care, mental health care, and even prescription drugs. Both would do grave harm to the most vulnerable members of our society and make us a less healthy nation.

What does the president's "skinny budget" mean for afterschool and summer learning?

In March, President Trump and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney released the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint. This “skinny budget” outlines the president’s vision for how Congress should spend federal discretionary funds for the upcoming fiscal year that begins October 1, 2017 (FY18).

The budget proposal seeks to eliminate 19 agencies and 60 programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, which funds local afterschool programs in all 50 states. That proposal would devastate the 1.6 million children and families that stand to lose access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs.

Making the Tax Code Work for Low-Income Families

Today is Tax Day, marking the deadline for Americans to file their taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

For many families living below the poverty line, the arrival of Tax Day means they can usually count on receiving money back from the government to use for everyday expenses such as rent, groceries, transportation to work, and even necessities such as diapers for young children. Many families have already earmarked this money before they receive it to help catch up with unpaid credit card or medical bills, or to make necessary car or home repairs.

Take #5Actions To Make A Quick Impact!

Drum roll please… below are the #5Actions for this week! You can do all five of the actions on one day, or spread them out across the week—your choice. The important thing is not WHEN you do them, but IF you do them. And if you do them, your actions will add up with others, and you're sure to have an impact.

Here are your #5Actions for this week:


1. Send Town Hall Questions To Congress By Clicking Below:


BACKGROUND: Right now, members of Congress are in their home districts and many are hosting Town Halls to hear from constituents. Not everyone can attend in-person, so we’ve compiled a list of questions that we’ll be submitting to members of Congress for them to answer in order to represent the people who can’t be there—and we’d love it if you added your name to our letter so they pay attention to it.


Talking about Incarceration on MomsRising Radio

I was honored to talk with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner about how incarceration affects pregnant women and families.

The United States leads the world in incarcerating its citizens and residents, including parents and pregnant women. The impact of incarceration is not distributed equally: people who are already dealing with racism and discrimination or struggling to get by economically are more likely to wind up in prison and jail. This means that African American and Latina/o children are over-represented among the 2.7 million children with an incarcerated parent that Kristin mentioned at the beginning of our conversation.

Listeners who want to learn more and take action can use these links to items we discussed:

Activism In the Time of Trump


Trump Threat to Withhold Payments and Sabotage Our Health Care Is Heartless

President Trump’s threat to withhold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) subsidies is nothing less than a threat to sabotage the health coverage that millions of families rely on for life-saving care.
Withholding these payments would destabilize the insurance markets and cause the premiums that families pay to skyrocket. His threat is heartless and shows complete disregard for our children and families. 

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