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Black women vote at high numbers in spite of White funders; not because of them.

Today, the Democratic victory of a senate seat in Alabama is our nation's  top news story.  Alabama, the most Republican of Republican states,  one of the red-est of the red states, turned blue.  And, for the first time, many news outlets are giving credit to the demographic responsible for this historic win: Black women voters.  

 

But for those of us who have been organizing Black voters professionally, this is not news.  Election after election, year after year, Black women have the highest, most consistent voter turnout  and are also the most consistent block of voters for the Democratic Party.  Yet, they are also the most taken for granted: literally(less grant money than White organizations) and figuratively.

 

I Delivered MomsRising Letters To My TX Congresspeople. You Can Too!

I am 66 years old and currently receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits.  I am an ordained minister, though not currently serving a church.  I have been a Learning Disabilities teacher in the public school system.  Currently I am a piano teacher and a church musician.
 
My heart goes out to all the folks that President Trump and the Republicans are trampling over in order to provide the wealthy with even more wealth.  Many of those who have much have no heart nor empathy for those who are dearly struggling to make ends meet for the families they love.  They have no understanding, no clue...being totally ignorant of much of the human condition, and they prey on those whom they deem lesser in value, prestige and status than they.  
 
I am angry at that situation...angry that President Trump and the Republican Party and large corporations are determined to slash the life-line of Medicare and Social Security for those who need it so that enormous tax cuts can be funded for themselves!   Great Scott!  What do Love, and Justice, and Honor demand of us?  There comes a time when we must take courage and stand up for what is right.  Now is the time.
 

That's why, a couple weeks ago

#5Actions of the Week! December 11, 2017

We're making a holiday action list and checking it twice! Gonna tell our decision makers who's naughty or nice. Moms are coming to town ... Please join us to take urgent action on a suite of red-hot priorities this week! And be sure to share with friends and family too. Together we're making this holiday season bright! 

Without further ado, or bad puns from us, here are the 5 actions for this week! -> 

The Human Needs Report: tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, and more

The Coalition on Human Needs just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, a regular newsletter on national policy affecting low-income and vulnerable populations. Read on for articles on Congress’s tax cut bill, avoiding a shutdown, disaster aid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Dreamers, and more.

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

Have Questions About Women's Health and Open Enrollment? We Have Answers!

 

Recently, MomsRising hosted a #WellnessWed TweetChat with the National Partnership for Women and Families and Young Invincibles. The topic of the chat was women’s health and open enrollment. If you were not able to join the chat, you’re in luck! We have provided a recap of the questions and answers below.

How and when can I get insurance through the health care marketplace?  

You must sign up by December 15th, 2017* in order to have coverage for 2018. Visit healthcare.gov today to sign up. Time is running out!

Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book Launch

We at MomsRising are excited to share our first Birth & Maternal Health Resource Book with you! It’s for partners, legislators and everyday folks who want to learn more about the problematic state of maternal morbidity/mortality in our nation. The book also serves as an advocacy tool to champion policies and solutions that can address the increasing maternal mortality and morbidity rates in the U.S.

New York's Paid Family Leave Law Coming Jan. 2018! Learn more

Hey New York moms! New York passed a great paid family leave law that kicks in January 1, 2018. For more information, visit A Better Balance or call 1-833-NEED-ABB.

 

What does the paid family leave law do for new moms?

The law guarantees new moms time off to bond with a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, or grandparent); or address certain military family needs.

 

Am I covered?

Congress: Reject Workflex in the 21st Century Act!

Our country’s failure to allow all workers to earn paid sick days has created a crisis for working moms and families. It is truly shameful that more than 40 million workers cannot earn any paid sick days – and low-wage workers are the hardest hit. But the Workflex in the 21st Century Act is not the solution we need. In fact, it would be a huge step backward for the country, undermining state and local progress in letting workers earn paid sick days and eliminating the certainty and flexibility that real paid sick time and fair scheduling laws provide.

The Senate passed its terrible tax bill! TAKE ACTION

Take Action!

The U.S. Senate just passed its horrible tax bill. It raises taxes on working families, takes away the healthcare of 13 million people, and balloons our national debt all in order to give tax cuts to millionaires and mega-corporations

Like the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge, the GOP counted its coins behind closed doors and schemed late into the night to pass this bill. It’s as though Scrooge is running Congress, and America’s children, families, and the health of our economy have all been left out in the cold. 

Enough Scroogery. Tell Congress to vote NO on the current GOP tax plans and go back to the drawing board to draft a new plan that lifts America’s working families, our economy, and the middle class rather than millionaires and mega-corporations. 

Can you take a letter saying NO to the #GOPTaxPlan?

Deliver a letter!

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment!!!!

You have been speaking out by the thousands because you know the long-term effects of the GOP tax bill are atrocious. But the U.S. Senate passed their bill at 2 a.m. Saturday morning (why in the dead of night!?) and now the GOP leadership are moving to reconcile the differences between the U.S. Senate and House bill. 

We need you to speak out! We need you to show up…literally!

***Can you print out a letter and bring it to your local member of Congress’ office by Wednesday, December 6th? (It’s easy. Sign up here and we’ll send you everything you’ll need, including information about how to find your local office!)

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