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Whoa, postcard campaign is EXPLODING!

Last week we asked important supporters like you to tap into your super powers and help turn out the women's vote.

Well, A LOT OF YOU flexed your superhero muscles and volunteered to send handwritten notes to women voters, urging them to vote.


But… reaching as many critical women voters as possible takes funding.

Will you chip in now to help us turn out EVERY woman voter we possibly can, as SOON as we can?

We can’t afford to fall behind in our voter outreach to women. This campaign has progressed way past Ashley's dining room table ... we need to print thousands and thousands and thousands more postcards to keep up with our volunteers who signed up.

Raising $10,000 THIS WEEKEND would fund 10,000 handwritten postcards, with a personal note from a MomsRising member. Research shows handwritten notes are one of the most powerful ways to get an infrequent voter to the polls on Election Day.

Music to our ears!

Earlier this week Spotify, the music streaming service, announced they’re endorsing Sen. Gillibrand’s FAMILY Act: a federal bill that would create an insurance program that would provide workers--including those who are self-employed and/or work part time--with much-needed income while they, or a family member, deal with the arrival of a new baby, or a serious health issue. The new, self-sustaining fund would be created through very small, shared costs between employees and employers.

This news was music to our ears!

The truth is that Spotify already had us dancing at our desks because around this time last year the company announced that all new parents would be granted six months of paid leave and additionally they were implementing a “welcome back” program that allows new parents to ease back into the work routine.

Three in Four Extremely Low Income Renters Spend More Than 50 Percent of Income on Rent

Housing costs eat up an exorbitant amount of low-income families’ budgets. A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that three-quarters of extremely low income (ELI) renter households, defined as earning no more than 30 percent of their area’s median income or the federal poverty guideline, whichever is higher, spend more than half of their income on housing costs alone. The Long Wait for a Home spotlights the problems around Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and public housing waiting lists and how the limited supply of housing assistance affects these extremely low income households.

Teach Them Compassion

In this age of excessive access to social media and instantaneous coverage of hyperbole rhetoric for the sake of ratings and followers, our children are constantly exposed to raw rantings. This influences their thoughts, emotions and perception of those around them. As a Muslim mother with a young son, it pains my heart when I read about seven year old Abdul Aziz being bullied for being an American Muslim.  According to surveys by civil rights group Center on American–Islamic Relations, some 50% of all Muslim students in the U.S have been bullied by their peers. That should not be acceptable, regardless of your racial, religious or political affiliation. We as parents have an enormous responsibility in raising our children to be kind, tolerant and forgiving. This involves learning and broadening our horizons as well so that we are able to demonstrate empathy and grasp the perspectives of those who may not look like us or believe in the same things that we do.    

Early voting has opened in NC! Get all your voting info here.

It's ON, North Carolina. After an election season unlike any we've ever seen before, it's your turn to have the final say when you head to the voting booth. Early voting locations are open for you to cast your ballot now. It's time to own our power!

Early voting opened in North Carolina on Thursday, October 20th, and lasts until Saturday, November 5th. It's the easiest way to make a plan to vote and avoid potentially long lines on Election Day. And–if you missed registering to vote by the October 14th deadline–you can still register and vote during early voting in North Carolina.

MomsRising has put together a quick reference for you to make sure you have everything you need to make your vote count this year. 

Voting Information:

Five Ways to Help Your Children Succeed in School and Life During the Fall and Holiday Season!

Welcome to our second installment of #MomsReading!  In this series, we discuss book suggestions and activities that parents and care providers can use to build a child’s social and emotional intelligence.You can check out our first blog post in the series:

The fall and start of winter can be an exciting time for families: a new school year, pumpkins, sweaters, and hot cocoa. A season full of holidays and traditions - and the many emotions that go along with them.

The combination of new and old experiences are a perfect opportunity to help your kid(s) build on their social-emotional skills! For more info on what social-emotional skills are, check out our summer blog post.

Courageous Conversations: The 2016 Election

As we prepare to elect a new leader of our country, the vitriolic stump speeches and debates can tend to consume all of our time and attention. Children are also watching and listening, trying to make sense and meaning of the words, images, and feelings swirling around them and us. Children as young as three may be aware of the upcoming elections, and adults can take advantage of this opportunity to engage them in conversations that pave the way to understanding the political process and the impact of elections, such as ideas around about rule making, fairness  and justice for themselves and others.


Let’s Get Our Kids Outside – The Power of Outdoor Time in Learning

The first time I realized the power of nature and outdoor time for children was when my daughter was just 6 weeks old. We were having an especially difficult afternoon. I felt like I had been holding her for hours while she cried and I couldn’t get her to calm down. Finally, I walked out our back door with her onto our deck, more in frustration than anything else. I started pacing around our deck and pretty soon I realized that she had stopped crying. I started walking around our yard and she stayed calm.
It felt like magic but as I looked around I realized that being outside really was soothing, for both of us. As my two daughters have grown, outdoor time has remained an integral part of our life. I have seen my girls and other children on the playground form friendships, explore nature, use their imaginations in amazing ways, and learn through play, observation and exploration.
Of course there is a lot of research that shows both the importance of outdoor time and unstructured play for children.

What should #Election2016 candidates know about poverty, hunger, healthcare & the wage gap?


UPDATE!! This chat has been RESCHEDULED for Monday, October 24, 2016, at 4 PM ET with new hashtag #FoodMon! Please use #FoodMon during our chat on Monday!


Join MomsRising, Coalition on Human Needs, FRAC, and National Women’s Law Center for a #FoodFri tweetchat on Friday (October 21st) at 1pm ET. We’ll be chatting about how we can use the USDA hunger data and U.S. Census data on poverty, healthcare, and the wage gap to ask the 2016 candidates questions about income inequality and anti-poverty policies that help boost our families!

Let's make sure the candidates know our concerns. Let's hold them accountable by asking questions, sharing our concerns and evaluating all the candidates during the Election.

To join the chat use #FoodFri. Also, feel free to invite a friend (or two!) by clicking below.

Tweet: Join #FoodFri 10/21 @ 1pET to chat #Election2016 & @USDA @uscensusbureau data @MomsRising @CoalitionOnHN @FRAC @NWLC


Share a Reading Assignment with Schools!

DYK October 10-14 was National School Lunch Week! To celebrate and promote healthy school lunches and healthy schools, we have an amazing reading assignment for the decision makers at your schools. It's full of stories from parents and tips from experts on how to make all schools as healthy as they can be! That includes: healthy lunches and snacks, eliminating junk food marketing in schools, physical education, recess, clean water and SO MUCH MORE! 

Check it out and help us share encouragement and resources with schools by delivering a Healthy Schools Storybook to your local school! It takes just a minute.

Sign up to drop off the storybook with your school in person or via email here.

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