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Good Food Force: LGBTQ Bloggers You Should Know

Greetings! In celebration of Pride Month and last week's AMAZING #MarriageEquality victory in the Supreme Court, we're sharing a round-up of some of our favorite LGBTQ food bloggers. Also check out photos from our workshop at the National Baptist Convention, and some tips on how to support some of the smallest, fuzziest and most important players in our food system: pollinators! Please read and share. Have a great week! 
 
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Top LGBTW Food Bloggers
Here at MomsRising we are not just food justice advocates, we're also readers who follow a variety of food bloggers. This month we want to highlight some of our favorite LGBTQ Food Bloggers. They inspire us for a variety of reasons - their original recipes (and recreations of recipes!), photography, wit and so much more.

Maine Says No to Shackling Pregnant Women in Prison

Maine could soon become the first state in 2015 to limit the shackling of pregnant women in prison. The bill against shackling is a priority for the Maine Alliance for Reproductive Freedom and an integral part of the ACLU of Maine‘s focus on criminal justice reform. Twenty-one other states and the District of Columbia currently have laws to limit the dangerous and inhumane practice.

Joay and Hope, Courage and Strength

I still cannot believe that I am married in 50 states.

When my wife and I married, nearly nine years ago, we did so in the only place where it was legal.  It was still a really big deal when the pastor said, "By the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts..." And today the echo of those words makes me weep anew.  The echo has shifted: "By the State of Texas..." "By the State of Mississippi..." "By the State of Ohio..."; the power and awe have not.

These days are days of celebration, for me, for my family, and for the LGBT community.  In many ways, our lives - and those of our partners and children - have become more secure, less fearful.  Crossing state lines is no longer a cause of anxiety.  Grief at a partner's death is no longer compounded by the insult of huge tax burdens or difficult property transfers.  Our commitments have been recognized as being every bit as deep, every bit as loving, every bit as valid, as any other loving partnership.

These are not, however, days of complacency.  

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Budget Threats to Medicaid

In the next couple of months the U.S. Congress is going to participate in a series of intense debates, negotiations, and deals all having to do with the federal budget. You might be hearing of something called “reconciliation” a lot. This is a fancy budget term that you probably think has nothing to do with your life, but I am here to tell you it does. Think of me as your personal budget wonk! I am here to help answer all your questions about the budget process and how it may affect your healthcare (Medicaid in particular).

Below you will find a series of questions and answers all about the budget process, reconciliation, and the various threats to Medicaid. Please feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.

What exactly is budget reconciliation?

A reconciliation bill is a single piece of legislation that usually includes multiple provisions which all affect the federal budget. This bill cannot be filibustered by the Senate, so it only requires a majority vote to pass (as opposed to 60 votes).

How does the reconciliation process work?

Let’s Change the Tune. Let's Not “Buy the World a Coke.”

On January 18, 1971, the creative director of Coca-Cola, Bill Backer, reimagined the drink's recognizable words, 'Let's have a Coke,' and created the iconic "Hilltop" ad. The ad encouraged viewers to pause and reconnect with others around them, over a drink. But not just any drink. It had to be a Coke, a brand that soon became synonymous with happy, vibrant people.

Billions have been spent to convince the general public that soda equals happiness.

It’s worked. Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most recognized brands. And, they are proud of it.

What they will not tell you is that Coca-Cola, and other sugar drinks, promote type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, and other health problems. According to the Center for Diease Control, "Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years."

Numbers don’t lie. And, neither should advertisements.

Let's Discuss Restaurant Children’s Meals at #FoodFri!

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Let's discuss restaurant children’s meals on June 26, 2015!

Join @MomsRising as they chat with @CSPI, about recent actions around the country that have improved (Yes, improved!) kids’ restaurant choices. Let's celebrate successes, discuss next steps, and continue to urge restaurants to do more to support healthy children’s meals.

Mark your calendars and join us at 1pm, Eastern, on June 26, 2015 to learn what more needs to be done to improve the nutrition of restaurant children’s meals. Feel free to invite a friend (or two!) by clicking below to spread the word on Twitter!

Tweet: Join me as I chat with @MomsRising & @CSPI about Restaurant Kids' Meals on 6/26, 1pET. Details: http://ctt.ec/wfcP0+ Use #FoodFri to join

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

Great BREAKING news: Healthcare is here to stay!

We won! The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor the Affordable Care Act, keeping the financial assistance that keeps health insurance affordable under King v. Burwell! 

Over 10,000 MomsRising members like YOU signed on to our People’s Brief to stand with the millions of Americans whose healthcare was at risk—and your voices were heard. MILLIONS will now be able to keep their health coverage.

Take Down The Confederate Flag EVERYWHERE!

Take Action!

"[Sharonda Coleman-Singleton's son] had last spoken to his mom by phone when she was at Bible study, asking her where she had hidden the remote control in the house. In the closet, she whispered to him, so his younger brother would not play too many video games," wrote The Daily Beast.

We all know moms and educators like Sharonda Singleton-Coleman. At school she was running "cheek to cheek" with the students on her track team, pushing and motivating them to be the best they can be. At home she was being an amazing mother: raising teens, loving them, praying for them, smiling, and, (of course) hiding the TV remote so they didn’t have too much screen time. 

Tragedy to Triumph: How a Child’s Bravery Helped Put Away a Rapist

I’ve been in the child protection business for 11 years and a mommy for 8, so there’s not much that fazes me. I’ve always had what my mom calls an “iron stomach”—I’ve had stomach flu exactly once, and food poisoning never—and remain completely undaunted by the spectacular range of grossness that comes with being a parent (which I’ll spare you by not enumerating here, because I’m sure you already know it).

Green around the gills

But every once in a while something comes along that makes me feel physically ill to think about. Like this news story from last week. It’s short and won’t take you long to watch, but here’s the gist: A dad went to pick his five-year-old daughter up from day care and essentially interrupted a teacher in the midst of raping her.

Like I said: physically ill.

And I’m sorry I’m sharing the proverbial wealth—you are now most likely also nauseated, or enraged, or quite possibly both. But there’s a method to my madness.

Send a letter to your local paper and boost military families!

Right now your members of Congress are getting ready to head home for the Fourth of July recess. They will be enjoying BBQs, going to community picnics, and marching in patriotic parades.

While they’re home, we also want our members of Congress to read YOUR letter in the local newspapers calling on Congress to support the troops and boost local families by voting to protect working family tax breaks like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit.

Yes, you read that right: YOUR letter! :)

**Will you join me in writing a Letter to the Editor in support of military and working families in honor of the 4th of July?

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