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MomsRising Applauds Bree Newsome for Removing Confederate Flag at South Carolina Capitol Building

Over the weekend, an educator and activist named Bree Newsome scaled the 30ft flag pole at the South Carolina State Capitol Building and removed the confederate flag. fully supports Bree’s actions and is joining the growing chorus of organizations to call for all charges against Ms. Newsome to be dropped immediately.  Kristin Rowe-Finkberiner, executive director and CEO of issued the following statement in solidarity with Bree Newsome:

“Over the weekend, Bree Newsome took bold action to expedite the process of removing the Confederate flag from public spaces across the South.  On behalf of our more than one million members, MomsRising joins with other organizations across the country to call on South Carolina to drop all charges against Bree Newsome and take immediate action remove the Confederate flags from all public places.


"The Confederate flag has long been a symbol of racism - and barbaric policies of segregation and Jim Crow laws - that continue to undermine people of color in the United States.


Report Back: MomsRising Members Meet With Senator Heller's Staff

We had a GREAT meeting with MomsRising members and U.S. Senator Dean Heller​'s staff in Nevada to discuss working family tax issues, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)! Our members shared with Senator Heller's staff why these tax breaks help families make ends meet, including to help cover costs for a family's small business, for after school activities, and for due bills that they otherwise wouldn't be able to cover.
The staff we met with was incredibly generous with their time and after we were done discussing the EITC/CTC, they wanted to know what other issues MomsRising is working on. We had a great conversation about paid sick days, child care/early learning, healthcare, and immigration. They were very interested in our work and what matters to Nevada moms. Thank you to every member who came, who had our backs online by signing petitions, and to the Senator's helpful staff!

Looking for a Healthy 4th of July Recipe? Join #FoodFri!


Happy 4th of July! This week we are celebrating with a healthy #FoodFri holiday recipe.

Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we share sabroso/tasty recipes on July 3, 2015 at 1pm, EST! It's the perfect time to share your favorite recipes and find a few new ones as well.  Don't let the warm weather keep you away from the kitchen (or the grill!). Stop by at 1pm, Eastern, to get some new healthy ideas, and share your own.

Prepare your tastebuds, and invite a friend or two by clicking below... we're going to have a tantalizing #FoodFri!

Tweet: I'm joining @MomsRising's healthy #FoodFri Recipe tweetchat to find (and share!) #recipes! Click for info: #4thofJuly

To get you started, Catarina Rivera, a Good Food Force Blogger, prepared affordable and healthy Salmon and Black Bean Cakes.


Healthy Dinner: Salmon and Black Bean Cakes Recipe


My life can sometimes feel too hectic for cooking, but I really value eating healthy. That’s why I love these easy salmon and black bean cakes for dinner. I’m lucky that my husband Madison steps up in the kitchen and makes most of the meals. This time, my husband and I made them together and photographed the whole process. We started with this recipe but ended up creating our own variation!

Salmon is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent for brain health. This recipe calls for canned salmon, which is affordable as well as healthy. It’s much cheaper than fresh salmon. I suggest purchasing wild Alaskan salmon for a higher-quality fish compared to farm-raised salmon. We buy ours from Trader Joe’s, which has canned wild salmon at an affordable price point.

We used oats for our cakes but bread crumbs may absorb liquid better, so we recommend experimenting with both.

Enjoy and please let me know what you think after making it. Feel free to add your own twist on the recipe and share your variations!

Congress wants to cut Medicaid. Moms can’t let them!!!

Just last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of families from losing the financial assistance that makes their healthcare affordable. This was a huge victory!

But the fight isn’t over. We need to keep the victories rolling by bringing our powerful voices to Congress! Right now, negotiations over the federal budget are starting to heat up and some members of Congress are trying to quietly make major cuts to the critically important health coverage that Medicaid provides to kids, women, and families.


It’s time to speak up to protect access to affordable healthcare once again! Our Mom Force can put a stop to this! Join us in making Medicaid protection the next win for moms, kids, and families!

What do we do after antibiotics?

“If you look back through history, most people died the way my great uncle died. Most people didn’t die of cancer or heart disease; the lifestyle diseases that affect us in the West today. They didn’t die of these, because they didn’t live long enough to develop them. They died of injuries… and most of the time from infection, which finished what those injuries began. All of this changed when antibiotics arrived.”

I encourage you to check out this TED Talk from science writer Maryn McKenna, a leading voice against the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conservatively says that 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic resistant infections. Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates 700,000 deaths. That’s a lot of people. And yet, says McKenna, “There’s a good chance that you don’t feel at risk." 

But you are.

Quick signature to help the uninsured in NC!

Woop! Woop!

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that eligible healthcare customers—including 450,000 North Carolinans—can continue to receive financial assistance in buying health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act. This is great news!

While those North Carolinians can now breathe a sigh of relief, there are still 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians who are waiting on our state lawmakers to stop playing politics with their health coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, our state has the ability to extend health coverage to low-income, uninsured adults who can't afford the high cost of health coverage but so far lawmakers have refused to do so. This has created a 'coverage gap' for people who make too little to afford private insurance but too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Support family economic security & the Department of Labor’s proposal to protect overtime pay!

Take Action!

Working overtime and not getting paid? A nightmare, right? We wish it was only a bad dream. But, working overtime without getting paid is a nightmarish reality for too many working families because outdated regulations haven’t caught up with inflation. In fact, right now millions of workers are working overtime but not seeing a single dime from it—putting our families, and the economy in a bind.

It’s time to change this!

*Take action by signing onto our open letter to U.S. Secretary Perez supporting the proposal to improve overtime protections.

Making History for Our Littlest Learners

Can we take a moment to celebrate?

We made history this week. Washington state passed and funded The Early Start Act, making this the largest expansion of early learning in our state's history.
The voices of moms, dads, grandparents, and early learning supporters made the case for increasing access to high-quality early learning opportunities for our state's littlest learners in a fast-paced, packed legislative session (and 2 special sessions!) in Olympia. And because of these brave voices, the future is bright for our littlest learners in Washington State.
We know that investments in our youngest matter. And they make a big difference.


Good Food Force: LGBTQ Bloggers You Should Know

Greetings! In celebration of Pride Month and last week's AMAZING #MarriageEquality victory in the Supreme Court, we're sharing a round-up of some of our favorite LGBTQ food bloggers. Also check out photos from our workshop at the National Baptist Convention, and some tips on how to support some of the smallest, fuzziest and most important players in our food system: pollinators! Please read and share. Have a great week! 
Top LGBTW Food Bloggers
Here at MomsRising we are not just food justice advocates, we're also readers who follow a variety of food bloggers. This month we want to highlight some of our favorite LGBTQ Food Bloggers. They inspire us for a variety of reasons - their original recipes (and recreations of recipes!), photography, wit and so much more.

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