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Making Our Health Care System Work for Boys and Young Men of Color

This week the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and the California Schol-Based Health Alliance released a new brief, Making the Health Home Model Work for Boys and Young Men of Color, to examine how we can tailor our health system to meet the needs of boys and young men of color.

10 Holiday Gifts That Support Paid Sick Days

‘Tis the season to give back to our communities and reflect on what each of us can do to help support the economic security and wellbeing of our neighbors who are right next door and across the country.
 
One major dilemma facing working families is a lack of paid sick days. Four in ten private-sector workers and 80% of low-wage workers cannot earn a single paid sick day.
 
Paid sick days are a matter of economic security and no mother should have to choose between her job or paycheck and taking care of a sick child. This holiday season, let’s renew our commitment to making earned sick days a right that every worker has access to.
 
And make your holiday shopping REALLY count!

Seven Reasons Why #MomsLove MichelleObama!

There are so many legitimate reasons to #ThankMichelleObama, schools and the USDA this year! Here's a countdown of some of my favorites: 
 
7. #MomsLoveMichelle for prioritizing kids’ health! One in three kids in the U.S. is at increased risk for nutrition-related diseases like Type II Diabetes. (1) If promoting healthy eating is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
 
6. #MomsLoveMichelle for supporting the charge to improve school meals and snacks! A new poll shows that 90 percent of Americans want K-12 schools to have a role in reducing obesity in their community. Am I in that group? YES I AM.  (2)
 
5. #MomsLoveMichelle for supporting standards that were created by experts in child nutrition and vetted by community partners and schools, and which make great sense. School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right size” meals with portions designed for a child's age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. (3) I'll take seconds of that menu any day!

Give the best present of all: peace of mind

 

Find out if your family qualifies for free or low-cost health insurance.

If you live in the Seattle area, Tune into Chat with Women 1150 AM KKNW at 8 AM, Thursday, December 18 to get the scoop as I explain the basics of what our new health law means for Washington families. 

Then sign up.

26 Inspiring Victories YOU Made Possible in 2014!

Our 2014 Wins!

Wow.

When I step back from the day-to-day campaigning we do here at MomsRising, and look back at all this movement has accomplished in 2014, I am blown away.

Together we achieved historic wins for families, from fair pay and paid sick days to affordable health coverage and gun safety. These wins mean everything to moms struggling to earn enough, to keep our families healthy, to find affordable childcare, to be there after a new baby arrives or a child is sick, and to protect our children from gun violence and racial injustice.

You’re a force for motherhood and families everywhere! You’re a million members strong making real, positive changes for families, from city halls across the nation to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
 
I hope you feel proud of these 2014 victories. You made it all happen.
 
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. 

*Scroll down for more details on (and pictures of!) our wins together…

We can no longer breathe.

Take Action!

"I can't breathe."

Those were Eric Garner's last words, repeated 11 times, after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. He gasped these words repeatedly from the ground, as bystanders watched and videotaped the scene in horror.  The use of chokeholds is a violation of New York City Police Department policy.

 The medical examiner ruled Eric Garner’s death a homicide. 

Yet, a Staten Island Grand Jury refused to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for 43-year-old Eric Garner's death, just weeks after a St. Louis Grand Jury refused to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for Mike Brown’s death. These cases are part of an overall pattern of non-indictments across the country.

Progress for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

On December 10th President Obama hosted a White House Summit on Early Education, bringing together a broad coalition of philanthropic, business, education, child advocacy, and elected leaders and other key stakeholders. It was a welcome chance to celebrate progress in expanding access to quality early childhood development and learning opportunities for children from birth through age 5. Although we haven’t yet seen the passage of needed comprehensive legislation to provide low-income and other at-risk children a full continuum of quality supports from voluntary home visiting programs to Early Head Start and Head Start, child care, pre-kindergarten and — I hope — full-day kindergarten, progress has been made in increasing access to and expanding quality programs and building support for future investments.

Celebrating a Step Forward for Children in Immigrant Families

Today marks the 4th year that children from around the country have come to the nation’s capital as part of We Belong Together’s 2014 Wish for the Holidays Campaign to deliver letters written by thousands of children calling for the reform of immigration policies to keep families together. Last night, we celebrated four years of amazing letters and drawings at a reception and exhibit at the National Education Association.

First Focus is a proud partner of the We Belong Together Campaign, and I’ve personally had the privilege of participating in Wish for the Holidays every year since the very first letter drive in 2011. Every year, whether we were delivering letters to Congress or the White House or both, we always commented about how much we looked forward to the day that we could finally deliver thank you letters. And that’s exactly what’s happening today: children will be thanking our President for taking a stand for immigrant children and families through the recently announced executive actions.

Medicaid Expansion in North Carolina? Let’s Talk About Infant Mortality and Maternal Health

The North Carolina NAACP and a coalition of organizations fighting for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina recently held a funeral procession to demonstrate the result of our governor’s decision not to expand the jointly funded federal and state health-care program for low-income residents. According to protesters, 2,800 state residents will die in 2014 because the state did not expand Medicaid under the health-care reform law.

What was not made explicit at the demonstration, and at rallies that came before it, is the alarming infant mortality rate in the state, which can be seen as a direct result of women not having access to quality health care even before they become pregnant.

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Food and Fitness with @SaludToday

Tweetchat

With the New Year just three weeks away, we're excited to host a Food and Fitness tweetchat that will jump start your healthy resolutions TODAY!

Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we chat with @SaludToday on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 1pm EST /10am PST.

Food and fitness go hand in hand. You can't lead a healthier life by ignoring one or the other. This week, we'll discuss how food and fitness work in tandem to help you create a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Ask questions. Share resources. Invite a friend. Connect with others.

Together, we will get the year off to a great, healthy start!

Tweet: Jumpstart your healthy resolutions w @MomsRising @MamasConPoder @SaludToday during #FoodFri 12/12 @ 1pmET http://ctt.ec/4fcph+ #Food #Fitness

 

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

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