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Tell Congress: Make childcare more affordable!

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Candidates are talking about it. The media are talking about it. And, of course, we are (and have been!) talking about it!

Childcare now costs more than college. Yikes!

The struggles most parents in America have finding quality, affordable childcare for their little ones is getting a lot of attention these days from the candidates and from the media. MomsRising member Meredith Tweed even shared her experience with Time Magazine last week. When asked how she covers the cost of their $1,100/month childcare for her two children, along with their mortgage, healthcare, and additional costs of raising a child with autism, Meredith said, We can’t afford to do all these things all at the same time.

We shouldn’t have to choose between paying for basic necessities like housing, childcare, or healthcare, and yet too many of us are struggling to keep our heads above water. And while the attention on this issue is rising thanks to the election and due to parents and supporters like you speaking out, the investment in federal funding isn’t keeping up.

The Race To The Oval Office!

Radio!On the radio show this week we uncover what’s going on with the race to the Presidency with the top pollster in the nation; discuss voter suppression and what policies are needed so that everyone who wants to vote can vote;  bring on a mother and daughter duo to discuss women in leadership; and hear the latest on politics in California. 

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#MilitaryMonday: Family Leave builds stronger military families!

I will never forget the first time my husband came home from his first deployment. I got my hair done, a pedicure, manicure, cleaned my house, made all of his favorite dishes, gassed up his Jeep, put on my cutest outfit, and headed out to the airport.

We lived in Bellevue, Nebraska and the drive to the airport in Omaha wasn’t that long. Yet it was the longest car ride of my life.

I was able to get a security pass to wait at the gate for my husband Jeremy. I was so nervous. My hands were shaking and I was making ridiculous conversation with anyone who would listen.

Finally, his plane was pulling up to the gate. I felt my heart pounding and breathing was hardly happening. I stood there waiting, holding up a sign, and smiling.

All around people were smiling and showing their support. And I stood there waiting for what felt like an eternity. Finally, standing before me was my husband. I dropped the sign and ran straight into his arms.

Before Jeremy deployed we had decided that it was time to expand our family. We wanted a baby. Then, he came home and said he was deploying and everything changed.

I’m A Freelancer—Where’s My Paid Family Leave?

October is National Work and Family Month. Working Mother Magazine identified 100 businesses that take their obligations employees seriously, first and foremost with paid family leave. These businesses are dragging the country toward something approximating a civilized social safety net, which is awesome—unfortunately I don’t work for any of them. I’m one of the approximately 53 million freelancers and independent contractors in the U.S.

Don’t just Get Out The Vote - GOURD Out The Vote with Electoral Pumpkins!

Does this election season have you stressed out? I’ve got a solution for you! Let’s Gourd Out The Vote and carve some electoral pumpkins!

What the what? What is “Gourd Out the Vote” and what is an electoral pumpkin? A weird band? A polling firm? Nope! Gourd out the vote is a seasonal play on “get out the vote” and electoral pumpkins are my go-to election season stress reliever.



Paid Family and Medical Leave is everywhere in #NH

Things are certainly changing different this election season. While there is a lot that is deeply disturbing, and a lot I will not want to remember after 2016 is said and done, but one thing that is worth acknowledging is that the discussion moved forward for families, and that Paid Family and Medical Leave has finally found a spot on center stage.

Not only are those at the top of the ticket finally discussing real paid family and medical leave policies – but this is further trickling down to the state, county and local levels. In fact, in NH alone – in our primary, we had all three Democrats running for Governor actively endorse paid family and medical leave and in addition, countless others at the State Senate and State Representative level have also spoken out in support of Paid Family and Medical Leave in New Hampshire.

Whoa, postcard campaign is EXPLODING!

Last week we asked important supporters like you to tap into your super powers and help turn out the women's vote.

Well, A LOT OF YOU flexed your superhero muscles and volunteered to send handwritten notes to women voters, urging them to vote.


But… reaching as many critical women voters as possible takes funding.

Will you chip in now to help us turn out EVERY woman voter we possibly can, as SOON as we can?

We can’t afford to fall behind in our voter outreach to women. This campaign has progressed way past Ashley's dining room table ... we need to print thousands and thousands and thousands more postcards to keep up with our volunteers who signed up.

Raising $10,000 THIS WEEKEND would fund 10,000 handwritten postcards, with a personal note from a MomsRising member. Research shows handwritten notes are one of the most powerful ways to get an infrequent voter to the polls on Election Day.

Music to our ears!

Earlier this week Spotify, the music streaming service, announced they’re endorsing Sen. Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act: a federal bill that would create an insurance program that would provide workers--including those who are self-employed and/or work part time--with much-needed income while they, or a family member, deal with the arrival of a new baby, or a serious health issue. The new, self-sustaining fund would be created through very small, shared costs between employees and employers.

This news was music to our ears!

The truth is that Spotify already had us dancing at our desks because around this time last year the company announced that all new parents would be granted six months of paid leave and additionally they were implementing a “welcome back” program that allows new parents to ease back into the work routine.

Three in Four Extremely Low Income Renters Spend More Than 50 Percent of Income on Rent

Housing costs eat up an exorbitant amount of low-income families’ budgets. A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that three-quarters of extremely low income (ELI) renter households, defined as earning no more than 30 percent of their area’s median income or the federal poverty guideline, whichever is higher, spend more than half of their income on housing costs alone. The Long Wait for a Home spotlights the problems around Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and public housing waiting lists and how the limited supply of housing assistance affects these extremely low income households.

Teach Them Compassion

In this age of excessive access to social media and instantaneous coverage of hyperbole rhetoric for the sake of ratings and followers, our children are constantly exposed to raw rantings. This influences their thoughts, emotions and perception of those around them. As a Muslim mother with a young son, it pains my heart when I read about seven year old Abdul Aziz being bullied for being an American Muslim.  According to surveys by civil rights group Center on American–Islamic Relations, some 50% of all Muslim students in the U.S have been bullied by their peers. That should not be acceptable, regardless of your racial, religious or political affiliation. We as parents have an enormous responsibility in raising our children to be kind, tolerant and forgiving. This involves learning and broadening our horizons as well so that we are able to demonstrate empathy and grasp the perspectives of those who may not look like us or believe in the same things that we do.    

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