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MN at one end, MS at the other: See How Your State Ranks for Child Well-Being

Five years ago, our country was in the midst of the Great Recession. At that time, 17 million children lived in low-income working families. Since the recession officially ended in 2009, our country has been slowly recovering. Many economic indicators, if not at pre-recession levels, are at least heading back in the right direction. However, according to the new 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 18.7 million children lived in low-income working families in 2013 – roughly 1.7 million more children than in 2008. Nearly a third of children lived in families where no parent was working full time in 2013. The report is an annual publication that assesses child well-being using 16 indicators in the areas of economic well-being, education, health and family and community.

What's up with the 'DARK Act'?

There are two names for H.R. 1599: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 and the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.

There’s no doubt in my mind which is the more accurate. The proposed law would do nothing to make our food safer and would prevent families from getting more accurate information—leaving us effectively in the dark about our food.

What's up with the 'DARK Act'?

There are two names for H.R. 1599: The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 and the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.

There’s no doubt in my mind which is the more accurate. The proposed law would do nothing to make our food safer and would prevent families from getting more accurate information—leaving us effectively in the dark about our food.

Lean on and Lead! An interview with Hawaii's Beth Fukumoto

Hawaii’s Representative Beth Fukumoto was elected to the Hawaii State House at the age of twenty-nine in 2012, and was immediately selected by her Republican colleagues to be House Minority Floor Leader. In 2013, she was listed as one of  "Nine Women Remaking the Right” by the Daily Beast.

In 2014, I interviewed Rep. Fukumoto for my interactive iBook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, which features diverse personal interviews with women and parents. While Rep. Fukumoto expressed concerns about policies that might negatively impact businesses, her vote in support of increasing the minimum wage and her understanding of the day-to-day issues facing working families provide insight into how non-partisan collaborations can be fostered to pass legislation in support of parents.

The following is excerpted from Lean On and Lead:

 

On Beth Fukumoto’s Background

Lying to My Daughter

My daughter has feared police for a long time.  Every time a cop would drive past or pull alongside us at a stop light she would get panicky. I would shake my head and dismissively ask her what was wrong.  Her response was always that the police scared her; mine was that she was doing nothing wrong so she had nothing to fear. In our family, like many other Black families, we spent more time talking to our son about what he should and should not do when stopped by a police officer (he never listened but that is an entirely different blog post).  It never crossed our mind's that our well-behaved, good-looking daughter had anything to fear.  I mean, after all, how many girls have you ever known to be harassed by the police?  Apparently more than most of us realize.

“I’m going to light you up!”

Take Action!

Sandra Bland shouldn’t be dead. No mother should have to fear a loved one is harmed at the hands of those charged with protection. The pattern of racial profiling and police brutality in our nation must end.

*Join us in calling for Attorney General Lynch to investigate the death of Sandra Bland and to prosecute those who played a role in her death: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/justice-sandra-bland/

Here’s a summary of what happened to Sandra Bland according to the police transcript: On Friday, July 10, Sandra Bland, a Black woman, was driving on her way to start her new life working in student outreach at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. As Sandra was driving, a police vehicle sped up behind her car, so Sandra quickly moved over to get out of the way, and then she was promptly pulled over for failing to use a turn signal.

Sodium and the Evidence for Decreasing Sodium Intake - Learn More at #FoodFri

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Please join @MomsRising, @AmHeartAdvocacy and @CSPI Friday, July 24th from 1 pm to 2pm EDT for a #FoodFri tweetchat to discuss sodium.

Congress, companies and some school food service organizations are trying to roll back sodium guidelines for school foods.  Some reporters are calling into question the science behind the need to lower sodium in our diets. 

Join us to discuss what’s happening with sodium in schools, the evidence for decreasing sodium intake, how to do it, and why it’s important for both adults and kids.

Click below to invite your friends and followers!

Tweet: Sodium & the Evidence for Decreasing Sodium Intake. Learn More @ #FoodFri Details http://ctt.ec/028cw+ @MomsRising @CSPI @AmHeartAdvocacy

 

How Having a Daughter Made Me More of a Feminist

By Avital Andrews 

I’ve always agreed with the idea of being a feminist. But it had always been just that: an idea. Until the ultrasound technician asked me if I wanted to know what it was.

“Yes, please, I’d like to know.”

“I think it’s a girl.”

“You think?”

“I’d give it a 95 percent chance.”

“What percentage do you normally give?”

“80.”

My eyes welled up.

For some reason I’d always imagined that my first would be a boy. Probably because all the children I’d helped raise were male. I have two younger brothers, and the three other kids I’d nannied for were boys. I’d never taken care of a little girl. Now I was going to have one.

Ninety-eight percent of me was overcome with a joy almost on par with the joy I’d felt when I saw the word “pregnant” appear on the stick. That joy was what was welling in my eyes.

Demand an Apology from Donald Trump!

On June 16th, Donald Trump said the following hurtful, harmful, and completely inaccurate statement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…they’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…” [1] Trump couldn’t be more wrong: Studies show that immigrants are actually LESS likely to commit crimes and also that immigration and crime rates aren’t linked at all. [2] His hateful statement was both inaccurate AND harmful. 

When my 12 year-old son heard Trump's hateful comments about Mexican immigrants on TV, he asked me: 

"Why would Trump say that about our family, Mamá?”  

As a Mexican-American mom, my heart dropped to the floor. I felt profound anxiety about not being able to protect my child, and all children of color, from this kind of horrible racism. I also felt outrage.  And now I want an apology.

Join me in demanding an apology from Donald Trump. Racist attacks against immigrants – based on lies! – harm our children and are unacceptable.

Not too late to Save our Food Choices!

Dear other Moms who want to know what we are feeding our children, ourselves and our families: 

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