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We’ve got less than 24 hours - Push to Reform Sentencing and Repair Families!

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I know firsthand how harmful our country's harsh sentencing policies can be for children and families. When my father was incarcerated for a non-violent drug charge it was devastating for our family. He was a veteran with no prior criminal history, but due to our country’s harsh sentencing laws, he was locked away instead of getting the counseling and treatment that he needed for his mental illness.

He was also our primary breadwinner. My father’s imprisonment was disastrous for us emotionally and economically. It forced us to move into public housing, rely on food stamps, and led me to finance my own college education. The massive student loan debt I have accrued has had far-reaching negative impacts on my economic mobility.

Who won the mom vote tonight?

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Tonight, during the first presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton laid out extraordinarily different visions for America.

Which one do you think moms and families prefer?

YOU have the power to make sure a vision for America that women, moms, and families support wins this November.

Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents…THIS IS OUR ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK MOMENT.

Can you make a rapid response contribution  $25 or anything you can afford right now – to give our MomsVote campaign the boost of energy it urgently needs?

There’s just too much at stake to be complacent in this election. The moms' movement must be the antidote to hate, discrimination and violence. Our children are depending on us.

The Good Fight!

Radio!

On this show we talk about life on the campaign trail with Anne Holton, who is married to Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine; we cover the response to the recent police shootings with Justin Hansford; we reveal a new study on breadwinning moms; and we explore the power of the Latina vote!  

*Special Guests include: 

  • Anne Holton, former First Lady of Virginia and married to Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Tim Kaine (@AnneHolton); 
  • Justin Hansford, #BlackLivesMatter activist and law professor (@Blackstarjus); 
  • Julie Anderson, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (@AndersonatIWPR);  and 
  • Xochitl Oseguera, MomsRising, #LatinasVotan (@XochitlOseguera)

 

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#MilitaryMonday: Why Military Spouses Can't Have it All

In mid-July, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) published the first in a three-part series regarding military spouse employment, titled The Force Behind
the Force: A Business Case for Leveraging Military Spouse Talent.

The purpose of the study was: “to outline some of the positive and potentially business enhancing characteristics of military spouses related to employment, the unique assets they bring to the workplace, and to describe the compelling business case to recruit and ultimately hire them.”  

Four key takeaways:

1.) Always a hot political topic, the gender wage gap is discussed each presidential election cycle (women earn between 79 and 94 cents for every dollar men make, depending on who you ask).  For military spouses, it’s not a “wage gap”; it’s a “Wage Grand Canyon”.

Female military spouses earn significantly less than their civilian female peers, given their educational level, with the exception of those with less than a high school education:

Debate BINGO! Get your card here

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This is going to be EPIC! 

Monday, September 26th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT is the first Presidential debate of the 2016 election! To keep debate watching fun, we've created a debate BINGO card to help you track whether the candidates are covering issues of greatest concern to women, moms, and families.  

** Gather your troops (your troops can be just your cat, or your child, or your neighbor without a TV) and have a virtual party with us & your TV on Mondaynight.
 
--- Click here to tell us "I'm in!" for the virtual BINGO party and get our nifty Presidential BINGO card: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/DebateBINGO2016/?source=blog

The BINGO card is a great, fun way to track if the presidential candidates talk about the issues that are important to women, moms, dads, kids, and families. Issues like fair pay, access to healthcare, sick days, child care and other family economic security policies. 

Rigged

The system is rigged. I hear, feel and share many people's frustrations with everything that is going on in this country. I'm especially feeling some kind of way about it today. Let me explain. I was part of a grand jury today that had to decide if an officer-involved shooting was justified.

I was voluntold to sit on a grand jury about a month ago. Three months of this. Once a week. The only other people who can afford to miss a day of work a week and not get fired for it are retirees, housemoms/dads and those with relatively good jobs. Why? Because you get $15/day and a pat on the back for 'civic duty'. I am one of two brown people out of 23 selected. There are no Black people on this grand jury. There's one Asian. I live in one of the country's majority minorty counties with an equal distribution of Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and Asians.

It is systemic for many reasons that I won't even go into here.

Two Black fathers shot dead for nothing.

Keith Lamont Scott of Charlotte, North Carolina, had been waiting in his car for his son to arrive home from school, and Terence Crutcher, of Tulsa, Oklahoma had been waiting at the side of the road after his truck stalled. Both men are now dead, wrongfully gunned down by police. Both are Black men.

Quick Action: Support workers who want to vote!

Four years ago, Regina got up early to vote before her workday started at Walmart. It ended up taking two hours to cast her ballot. Thankfully, she made it to work just in time, but voting shouldn’t be that stressful!
 
No worker at Walmart, or any other business, should have to worry about facing a reprimand (or even losing a job) in order to exercise their right to vote.
 
Join us in asking large employers like Walmart to give their employees 3 hours of paid time off work to go vote on Election Day! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/employer_timeoff_voting/
 
This is a big deal. In the last presidential election, only about half of eligible voters across the U.S. turned out to vote, and in 2014 only one-third made it to the polls. Why? Well, most American workers have little or no paid time off.

MomsRising on the Police Murders of Keith Lamont Scott, Tyre King and Terence Crutcher

No mom or dad, no son or daughter, should ever have to fear a loved one could come to harm at the hands of those charged with protecting them. Yet look at the headlines. Thirteen-year-old Tyre King, as well as Keith Scott and Terence Crutcher, both fathers, were killed by police just this week.  What's going on isn't right, it isn't fair, and it's not okay. It’s not only breaking our hearts, it’s breaking our nation.  And it must stop. Studies show that even though White Americans outnumber Black Americans five-fold, Black people are three times more likely than White people to be killed when they encounter the police in the US, and Black teenagers are 21 times likelier to be killed by police than White teenagers.
 
Enough is enough. #BlackLivesMatter. Period.
 
At the national level, we need higher standards of policing, strengthened accountability mechanisms, and critical reforms to end: Biased racial profiling, police brutality, and militarized policing targeting African American and Latino youth, families, and communities throughout our country.
 

#MilitaryMonday: Helping Kids Get the Foods They Need To Grow Up Healthy and Strong

Feeding our children is one of the most basic responsibilities of every parent. It is an act of culture and an act of love.  As both a mother and a pediatric gastroenterologist, I am involved in the world of food, feeding, and nutrition, not only at home but also at work.

I am also involved in advocating with lawmakers. As a doctor who helps children with nutritional issues, I know that sometimes having the medical answer alone isn’t enough. Sometimes it takes writing a new law to help kids get the foods they need to grow up healthy and strong.

Some children aren’t able to enjoy or digest the food everyone else is eating. There are several medical conditions of the gastrointestinal and liver systems that prevent children from having a “typical” diet. These can range from kids with multiple severe food allergies to teenagers with inflammatory bowel disease to premature infants with liver disease to children born with rare genetic metabolic conditions.

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