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A Mother Whose Son Was Shot By Police 50 Times Needs Our Help!

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Mothers in New York State are asking for our help. A group of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality, dating back to 1994, have come together to urge Governor Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor for police brutality cases

Time for Justice for Children in New York

Co-written by Melanie Hartzog Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-New York

Under New York’s juvenile justice system a child as young as seven can be arrested for a crime, and a 16-year-old is automatically charged as an adult.

These laws are shockingly behind the times — bad for children and bad for public safety. New York is one of only four states to create a juvenile jurisdiction for little children who are barely old enough to shed their baby teeth and still believe in the tooth fairy. And they are expected to have the cognitive development necessary to participate in and understand a trial?

New York is one of only two states to ignore the latest neurological research underscoring the fact that 16- and 17-year-olds are still children developmentally. Their brains will not be fully formed until age 25, and they lack the ability to control impulsive behavior by focusing on its consequences.

Families Need Stronger Protection Against Superbugs

 
 
Last year, President Obama formed the 'National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria' to put together a 5-year plan to prevent what many experts see as the public health crisis of our time: antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Its members released their plan this morning. 

Good Food Force Update: Junk food marketing to kids, April Fools' Day ideas & more!

Greetings! This week we're talking about junk food marketing to kids, updates to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and fun ways to celebrate April Fools' Day with the family! Please enjoy and share!
 
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Experts agree: protect ALL kids from junk food marketing!
Recent voluntary efforts by food and beverage companies have resulted in the first-ever declines in unhealthy food marketing to children. Still, kids are exposed to too much marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages! Join us in telling the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative to encourage its member companies to adopt new expert recommendations and do more to protect kids from junk food marketing!
 
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Get Your Buns Covered

Mary first caught my eye as she strode down a busy thoroughfare in a flimsy hospital gown, with the sun glistening off (what looked like) her bare buttocks.

"Uncovered” was the message on her sign. She and her friends, Seattle’s Raging Grannies, took to the streets that day, alongside thousands of others, to protest the fact that too many Americans simply couldn’t afford health insurance. Had there been a prize for best costume, Mary would've won, hands down. The Raging Grannies made a difference that day by adding their creativity and spunk to the tidal wave of public pressure that pushed Congress to enact the Affordable Care Act in 2009.

Blog Carnival: A Celebration of Women's History Month & Building an Intersectional Movement

At MomsRising, we’re building a movement that is reflective of the diversity, contributions, and needs of families in the United States. This means that our membership mirrors the U.S. Census in terms of racial and ethnic composition, that we have a multicultural team, that families with one or two parents, parents who identify as LGBTQ, parents of all races and ethnicities — parents who simply want to make change with us — are all coming together.
 
This Women's History Month, we celebrate the achievements of women across social justice movements, particularly those whose names and stories are often left out of textbooks and the media. It's also an important time to reflect on the future of our work and ensure it always reflects the intersectional nature of the issues our families and communities face. 

Moms Tell Their Stories About Medicaid

We have heard from hundreds of parents from around the country on how important Medicaid is to their families. Their stories range from moms who used it when their babies were delivered early and ended up in the NICU to parents of the Sandwich Generation who need it to care for their elderly parents. These stories carry all the more weight this week as Congress gears up to vote on a budget that slashes funding to Medicaid and makes major changes to the program that would likely result in loss of coverage for millions of families.

Please read the stories below (and share with your friends and family) and then write your member of Congress and ask them to protect Medicaid for these families and the millions of others like them.

Amy, Rhode Island

When Mealtime is a Battleground

While many of us know how difficult motherhood can be, it’s easy to underestimate the amount of time and energy that goes into meal-planning for a growing child, a decision-making process that begins with breastfeeding and doesn’t stop there. Regardless of whether you are pregnant or the mother of an infant or young child, there are a lot of uncertainties when it comes to your child’s diet, and it can be tricky to sift through the opinions and wealth of available information to know what’s best. As your children grow, you may face tough judgment calls such as preparing a healthy and nutritious meal versus preparing a meal they want to eat.

Mealtime, whether you have a newborn or a toddler, can be a battleground, and it helps to have an army of like-minded mothers going through the same process of trial and error. Knowing which nutrition resources are up-to-date and accurate may be a challenge, but having confidantes who are in pursuit of the same information and trusted resources can stimulate a useful dialogue about health and in turn multiply your own nutrition tool kit.

The ACA at Five: Incredible Progress Already and More to Come

Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has done something truly amazing: It has provided health insurance coverage to more than 16 million people. When the law turned five this week, the country’s uninsured rate was at its lowest level ever. Moreover, health care prices are rising at the slowest pace in nearly 50 years – an important turn that is making our economy stronger. In short, the ACA has had tremendously positive implications for the health and economic security of women and families, and for the strength and sustainability of our health care system. 

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Stand UP for Science Based Dietary Guidelines!

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Since joining MomsRising, I’ve shared many personal stories, including my family heart disease history, my oldest son's high blood pressure scare, growing up in a food desert and so much more. I've shared these stories because they need to be heard. They are happening in countless homes across the United States, not just my own. If it hasn't affected your home yet, it will. Why? Because “obesity related medical costs, alone, could rise by $43 to $66 billion each year in the United States by 2030" and those costs will be felt by all.

We have a chance to alter these numbers.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are being discussed right now. These guidelines would set nutritional standards. And, we want to ensure they are based on science, not lobbying by the interests of meat, soda, sugar, salt, and junk-food industries. They should not determine public health.

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