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Labor Day: A Time to Recommit

This Labor Day, throughout the nation we will pause to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working women and men. We will gather in communities to march in parades, host barbecues and celebrate the people who really make this country run.

But we also should recognize that despite our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation, too many families are struggling to get by.

This hasn’t happened by chance. Increasing political and corporate attacks on working people have pushed wages down for decades. Good jobs have become harder to find. Unemployment remains too high. Large raises have gone almost exclusively to CEOs, corporate shareholders and the 1%. Working people are more productive than ever—but we’re not seeing the rewards. And the burdens of today’s economy fall particularly hard on women, people of color, children and young workers.

My remarks on wage discrimination for Women's Equality Day

Hello, I’m Laura Mui and I am chinese american, a mother to an incredible young person, partner, sister, spouse, daughter, therapist, teacher, friend, colleague, and a human being.  Before I say a few words about my personal experience with wage discrimination, I’d like to express my sadness and pain for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community and for our entire nation.  I believe the system that allows anyone, the police included, to kill our young people, especially our young people of color without due justice, is the same system of inequality that turns their cheek to the unequal treatment and violence towards women.  As I am both a person of color and a woman, I have many experiences with discrimination by both individuals and by our system of policies and laws that value white people and men, especially white men, over people of color and women, but I only have time today, on Women’s Equality Day, two days from the 51st anniversary of the March on Washington, to share one.

Should firearms be presented as wholesome family fun?

The news a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun during a family vacation has shocked people across the country and the world.

As absurd and irresponsible as it is, the gun industry aggressively markets firearms use as "wholesome family fun." Bullets and Burgers, the Nevada establishment where the deadly incident occurred, is TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Las Vegas with nearly 1,000 five star ratings, with the user reviews repeating the industry's anyone-can-have-fun-with-guns enthusiasm.

Gun safety and responsibility continue to get pushed aside in these conversations. What are your thoughts on fixing these gun free-for-alls?
 

Should firearms be presented as wholesome family fun?

The news a nine-year-old girl accidentally killed her firearms instructor with an Uzi submachine gun during a family vacation has shocked people across the country and the world.

As absurd and irresponsible as it is, the gun industry aggressively markets firearms use as "wholesome family fun." Bullets and Burgers, the Nevada establishment where the deadly incident occurred, is TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Las Vegas with nearly 1,000 five star ratings, with the user reviews repeating the industry's anyone-can-have-fun-with-guns enthusiasm.

Gun safety and responsibility continue to get pushed aside in these conversations. What are your thoughts on fixing these gun free-for-alls?
 

My remarks from the Women's Equality event with Leader Nancy Pelosi

Good morning, my name is Deandra Ludovice and I would like to thank Leader Pelosi for hosting this important discussion on women’s economic empowerment and I’d like to thank MomsRising, of which I am a proud member, for inviting me to speak.

As a first-time parent, I have faced many unexpected challenges. From learning how to function on sporadic sleep, to selecting the right type of bottle or sippy cup, each challenge large or small has been an eye-opening experience, especially the challenge of finding childcare for my 15-month-old son.

I knew that affordable childcare would be a vital necessity -- my husband and I both have full-time jobs at nonprofits, our budget is very limited, and we do not have family nearby. The high cost of childcare, which is more than a college education in most states, has influenced where we live and what kind of jobs we have.

We currently have a great situation with a sitter who comes to our home. This type of one-on-one care has been perfect for my son and our schedules, but his needs are changing.

6 ways to stress less & simplify this fall

In some Native American traditions, September signifies the start of a new year. It certainly feels this way to parents. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of the school year signifies opportunity, a time for a fresh start and a chance to give yourself permission (read Permission Granted) to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, scheduling, and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, and consider the following ideas for a simpler, less stressful school year. Adopting even one of these ideas could make a huge difference in how you experience this potentially hectic time.Begin with compassion and baby steps as you consider the following:

Porky?!

Take Action!

Senator Gillibrand is speaking out about sexual harassment she faces in the United States Congress. Now she's dealing with backlash for exposing this truth. When women stand up and speak truth to power, we need to stand with them. And we must let Members of Congress know that sexual harassment has NO place in our society and certainly no place in the U.S. Capitol.

Tell every Member of Congress: Women deserve to be judged on their accomplishments and record, not on their looks. Sexism has no place in the U.S. Congress.

"Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby."

No One Ever Expects a Child to get Cancer-- and Why That Must Change

The commercials air every holiday season.   They’ve featured an adorable little boy trying to make a lunch date with Jennifer Aniston, a giggling mischievous cherub teasing Robin Williams, and another hanging out with Olympic champion snowboarder Shaun White.   These kids are cancer patients and their celebrity pals implore viewers to make donations to St. Jude’s Hospital.

Every year I’d come across them while channel surfing and think, “Thank God, we’re not one of those families. Thank God we don’t have to deal with that!”  That was until we were.

Our 11-year-old daughter had been complaining of headaches.   It’s hard to know with kids at that age whether you’re dealing with drama, the onset of hormones or something else entirely.   They don’t tell you everything.  It’s easy to miss a simple detail that could mean something huge. 

#RaisetheWage because #WEmatter-- and so does our national economy.

The federal minimum wage is normally seen as a labor standard that imposes costs on businesses, and, by lifting up the wage floor, benefits low wage workers.  This is an accurate, but incomplete view, however, as it doesn’t show the impact on the federal budget that results from businesses failing to pay adequate wages to their workers. Too often, federal taxpayers are left to subsidize corporate profits through the important programs we have in place to ensure that families can meet their basic needs.

Ensure Fair Wages for Home Care Workers for Women’s Equality Day

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, the anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. It has been almost a century since that historic occasion, and women have made enormous progress toward political and social equality. But when it comes to economic equity, many women still find it impossible to earn a decent living. We all know the stats—women still earn 77 cents on the dollar, when compared to their male counterparts.

Wage discrimination is particularly egregious among women in domestic caregiving occupations. Home care aides, for example, who provide critical support to elders and people with disabilities in their homes, are among the lowest paid workers in the country.

In recognition of the growing need for home care workers—and their value to our families and our nation’s health and aging systems—Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) worked alongside a home care worker today who provides in-home support to an 81-year-old Chicago resident.

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