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On MomsRising Radio This Week:

On the radio show this week, first up we hear from the researcher whose data sparked a New York Times article with this title: "The Motherhood Penalty vs. the Fatherhood Bonus --- A Child Helps Your Career, if You’re a Man." 
Our next segment covers former Raven's player, Ray Rice, domestic violence, and masculinity with NFL veteran, media commentator, college football Hall of Famer, and all around super star, Don McPherson. 
Then the next interview covers the historic vote that recently happened on the Paycheck Fairness Act: Get the inside scoop on what happened and next steps! 
Last but far from least: U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will join us to talk early learning, education, tips for parents, and… bus rides.

Back to School, Back to Recess

We are in the fourth week of school here in Oakland, California. Waking up is getting a little easier for the kids and the rush out the door, though still chaotic, is starting to feel normal again. But at the end of the school day, the kids are still a little like the Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Grumpy and well, Antsy!

And these attitudes remind me to check how things are going at school. And when I say school, I mean not just the classroom, but the playground. Because what happens on the playground effects what happens in the classroom, and frankly, what happens after school too.

Recess, though easily overlooked, is a critical part of the school day. I know this because for past 18 years, I’ve been running Playworks, a nationally recognized organization helping elementary schools transform their recess, and I have seen first hand the how a great recess can improve the entire school climate.

#FoodFri Tweetchat: The EmpowerMEnt Challenge

In my home, September is a time for new beginnings! The kids are preparing for a new school year. We're shopping for new school clothes. And, new schedules are started. Notice, most of these changes were instituted because of the children. This year I decided to start something new for me.  

I joined The EmpowerMEnt Challenge by the American Heart Association.

What's The EmpowerMEnt Challenge?

Over four weeks, families across the country are encouraged to take control of their health by pursuing a different goal every week which include increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing sugar sweetened beverage consumption, reducing sodium intake and increasing their physical activity – together.  Each goal is fun, simple, won’t break the bank and can be done as a family. By the end of the month, families will be better equipped to live a heart-healthy life. Find out more on the EmpowerMEnt Challenge Facebook Event Page.

I was one of those families and you can be also.

Raise your voice: Tell us why CHIP Matters!

Raise your voice!

I serve zucchini at least twice a month in my house.

Each time it's the same story: my seven-year-old son tells me he doesn't like it (because it's a vegetable - "Yuck Mom!"). Then I remind him that he does actually like it and ask him to try it anyway because it's good for him. It takes some coaxing, but once he tries it, he remembers that he actually loves zucchini and eats the rest without argument.

Sometimes legislators need a reminder too about what policies we like and are good for families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was funded in 1997 and got strong bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats alike. Why? Because it's good for children and families like it.

Do you or someone you know have a child who has benefited from CHIP? Tell us about it!

Historic: US Senate Just Advanced Paycheck Fairness Act

Take Action! BREAKING! Due in no small part to your efforts, letters, calls, stories, and testimony, the U.S. Senate just advanced the Paycheck Fairness Act in a historic vote. But the bill isn't fully passed yet.  
Now we have to keep the MOMentum going. The U.S. Senate has a chance to take the next step and do the right thing: Move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote for passage.  It's time! 
And the conversation on social media in support of passage is heating up! Read more at these hashtags: 

This vote is a big step, and part of a long journey the MomsRising movement has been on with many other organizations and individuals.

[Good Food Force] #Backtoschool #Protips!

Welcome to the August 28, 2014 edition of the Good Food Force update! This week's update covers all things #BacktoSchool! Please read, enjoy and share! 


#Backtoschool #Protips

If you're like us, you're a little bit happy and a little bit sad to see the kids head back to school. Summer goes so fast! They're getting so big! But I can finally conquer that project / hear myself think / hit the gym / etc.! We get it.

Every supermom has tricks for making the transition back a smooth one. Here are some of our favorites, gathered during last year's #FoodFri #BacktoSchool tweetchat. Please share your #backtoschool #protips with us by email or online, and we'll feature them in a future update!

URGENT: Senators Voting on Fair Pay, Minimum Wage Bills

Take Action!

Breaking news: The U.S. Senate could vote soon on the Paycheck Fairness Act and on the Fair Minimum Wage Act. Votes could happen as early as Wednesday, September 10

Time is short! And your voice is needed now to let Congress know we're paying attention to how they vote -- and we expect them to step up for women and families.

*Click here to urge your U.S. Senators to vote YES on BOTH the Paycheck Fairness Act and also the Fair Minimum Wage Act. 

These are important votes. Taken together, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act and raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour will help to close the gender wage gap, bring millions of families out of poverty, and also strengthen our national economy.

Look, we’re not naïve. We know that both equal pay and raising the minimum wage are politically “hot” issues and that is a key reason why they’re getting attention right now.

Once again, Medicaid saved the day

I have relied on Medicaid for both my daughter and I on and off since she was a toddler.

Not long after graduating with my MA in Family Counseling, my daughter and I were left without health insurance, since I was no longer allowed to purchase the university's group health plan. With my first job out of college being part-time and for very little pay, I was forced to get us Medicaid coverage—and I couldn’t have been more thankful. 

That was the first time Medicaid saved the day.

I eventually found full-time work and purchased an individual plan for myself, but my daughter remained on Medicaid as she still qualified due to my still low income. This was the case of course until I started my own business.

Burnt out from agencies where I worked more hours than I was paid while grappling with a chronic sleep disorder, in addition to barely seeing my daughter (who was spending most of her time in aftercare because of my work) I knew it was time for a change and I quit my full-time job.

I’d had enough.

Punished for Being Poor: Black Mothers and the Sin of Poverty

Tamika Middleton is a lifelong social justice advocate committed to examining and fighting against racial, gender and economic oppressions. In this post, Tamika writes about black mothers being punished for being poor. Tamika is a Writing Fellow for the Center for Community Change.

Last week, Shanesha Taylor took her children home for the first time in months.  In March, she went for a job interview to find stable housing for her family. Because she had no available childcare, Shanesha left her children in the car. She was arrested, and her children were taken away for five months.

Just two months ago, Debra Harrell’s daughter was taken away. Like Shanesha, Debra was unable to afford childcare for her nine-year-old while she worked.  On July 1, Debra arranged to have a friend meet her daughter at the park. When the friend did not show, local police picked up Debra’s daughter, and Debra was arrested.

Eat Fresh Longer! Tips for storing fruits and veggies

SHOCKER: Americans waste over 100 BILLION pounds of food each year. 133 billion in 2010, to be exact. That breaks down to 31% of our total food supply, worth about $162 billion, and the equivalent of 141 trillion calories. (1)   

This issue really hits home for me. I try to feed my family well, and that includes buying local, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables when possible. So it kills me when that stuff goes to waste. And let's face it: when your garden suddenly blesses you with 30 pounds of tomatoes, we all struggle for ways to make that bounty extend as far as possible.

So I'm LOVING these great tips from The Ecology Center's Berkeley Farmers' Markets on how to best store our valuable produce, without using plastic to boot! Here we go:  

How­ To: Store Fruits and Vegetables Tips and tricks to extend the life of your produce without plastic.

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