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Even Republicans like their ACA plans!

Even Republicans like their Affordable Care Act plans!

A recent poll by The Commonwealth Fund showed that overall, 78% of Americans who signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are satisfied with their coverage. Even 74% of the Republicans who signed up say they are satisfied with their new plans!

The Affordable Care Act is working.

Nationwide, the rate of uninsured Americans is dropping at a record pace. The reason is clear - new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act have made health coverage affordable and accessible to millions of adults and children.

It is important for us to get the word out that the vast majority of people who got coverage under Obamacare are satisfied! Why? Because the naysayers are still hard at work trying to undermine the new law instead of working together with supporters to continue improving access to healthcare.

NFL is letting a player off the hook for assaulting his wife. Can you take a second to sign and share this petition?

People are outraged over the news that the NFL is letting a player off the hook for assaulting his wife. Can you take a second to sign and share this petition?

Tell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Domestic violence is a serious crime, and abusers have no place in your league. Change your policies so that violent offenders like Ray Rice receive suspensions that reflect the severity of the crime. 

In February, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee, knocking her out cold. Video caught him dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator at a casino hotel.

On July 24th the National Football League (NFL) announced an appallingly short suspension for violating its personal conduct policy: Ray Rice will miss just two games.

Sign now: Congress→ Raise the minimum wage

$15,080 per year.

That’s what moms like Ethel from Maryland, and millions of women, are making working full-time earning the federal minimum wage.

This hurts families. This hurts our economy. This hurts us all.

*Tell Congress to Raise the Wage now: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/momsraisethewage/

A seldom-discussed fact is that women make three-quarters of purchasing decisions in our consumer-fueled economy, and when people don’t have funds to spend, then our whole economy suffers.

It turns out that raising the federal minimum wage also raises our economy.  And, it’s time to do just that! 

But it’s going to take all of us raising our voice, signing onto letters, and sharing our stories to raise the wage.  So after you sign on, then please post the action link on Facebook and Twitter.

Dear Sears and Walmart: About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Other Businesses) Millions

We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security cameras.  The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers and the obvious stupidity of an employee who should know better.

The fact is, when to comes to breastfeeding in public, employees of many retailers often get their companies in big trouble, with let’s say, not-well-thought-out moves.  Last week, a woman who claimed she was treated rudely at a Walmart in Greenville, North Carolina received national media attention.  Victoria’s Secret also recently came under media fire when an employee asked a breastfeeding mother (who was likely sitting under a busty model poster) to leave the store.  These incidents cost companies millions in media damage control and unquantifiable costs in reputational damage—especially among such an important demographic as mothers—who are proven to be the primary decision makers for consumer purchases, and who clearly spend a lot of time in retail stores.

Dear Sears and Walmart, About Your Breastfeeding Faux Pas, A New Pilot Project Could Save You (And Others) Millions

We all watched with shaking heads this week as a Sears security employee posted screen shots of breastfeeding mothers that he captured from Sears security footage on Twitter.  The twitterverse unleashed its fury, citing the obvious concern about violating the privacy of these unsuspecting mothers and the obvious stupidity of an employee who should know better. The employee was fired. 

Tell Congress: Continue funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Take Action!

It’s always nice when an investment pays off!

And that’s the case when it comes to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It was passed in 1997 with bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats and, along with the Medicaid program, has helped cut the number of uninsured kids by half, from 14% down to 7%.

This is a big deal. Kids who have health insurance are less likely to get sick and more likely to get preventative care (including immunizations and dental care) to keep them well. It also ensures they get the treatment they need when they do get sick, injured, or have a recurring illnesses.

CHIP works. And CHIP has earned the support of 83% of Americans, because it works. But funding for the program is set to run out next year if Congress doesn’t act soon.

G is for Greens Part 3: DIY Plantable Paper!

Homemade plantable seed paper is a simple DIY project that can be done at home in a very short time. It can be used in a variety of ways. Given that I enjoy hosting parties and gathering, I use homemade plantable seed paper as memorable party favors and gift tags!
 

 
What I love most about homemade plantable seed paper is that you recycle paper items that normally go to waste, like toilet paper rolls, while also providing a beautiful keepsake that will grow and provide beauty and nourishment for years to come!
 
What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard toilet paper rolls
  • Seeds
  • Food processor
  • Hot water
  • Parchment paper or plastic wrap
  • Cookie cutters in a variety of shapes
  • Hairdryer
  • Food dye (optional)
  • Tissue paper, preferably without dye (optional)
  • Ribbons

Instructions:

Top Summer Kid Care & Activities: Brought to You by MomsRising Members

***UPDATED***

We texted and you responded -- see below for the summer activity wisdom of members like you!

 

School’s out and summer is here! As a kid, that meant sunshine, long days full of fun, and all the perks of summer: BBQs, popsicles, swimming, summer camps, and no homework! As an adult and as a soon-to-be parent, it leaves me with more questions than anything!

 

Figuring out what to do with little ones can be fun and stressful. Fear not! Below are some great resources to help families find care for kids during the summer months while school is out.  And as an added bonus, our fabulous MomsRising.org members have generated a full and fun list of things to do with kids this summer!

 

Please keep adding to our growing list below by adding in the comments! The more, the merrier!

 

Great resources to kind childcare:

G is for Greens Part 2: Cooking with Collards

Collards are a gift. Truly. They are easy to grow, really tasty to eat and they are FULL of nutrients (they have more nutritional value than broccoli and spinach! That's saying a LOT!). 

Yet, cooking collards can seem daunting, because in the store the leaves seem large and tough. And make no mistake: if you don't cook them down well, they will be chewy.

But it's not hard to cook collards correctly. Here's how:

#FoodFri Tweetchat: The Truth About Kids' Sports and Sport Snacks

Children's sports and sports snacks seem to go hand in hand, but should they?

It's a proven fact that healthy children do better in schools. Children's sports play an integral role in keeping children healthy. It fills the gap left by the closing of physical education classes. It gets children moving in a fun, safe enviroment. It also aids in academic success. Yet, the benefits of children's sports can be offset by the snacks served during the event.

Join us this Friday, July 25. 2014 at 1pm, EST on Twitter to learn the truth about children's sports and sports snacks. 

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