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Domestic workers and their allies in Massachusetts passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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They did it!  

Domestic workers and their allies in Massachusetts passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This is fourth Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to pass in four years, following New York, California, and Hawaii. It reflects a growing recognition from workers, employers and allies that domestic work is real work and deserves real protections.

This new bill is the most comprehensive Domestic Workers Bill of Rights yet, providing clear guidelines for employers.  It provides domestic workers with the right to a written contract, just cause termination, and maternity leave.

Domestic workers were on the frontline of this win; it was their leadership, experience and stories that changed the landscape for this low-wage workforce.  Domestic workers -- overwhelmingly women of color and immigrants -- are transforming our democracy with their leadership on economic issues.

Summiting Together

The White House Summit on working families was last month, but we’re still riding the high of the momentum and energy cultivated at such a groundbreaking event. The fact that our nation’s leaders dedicated an entire day to issues that MomsRising members have been working on since we were founded in 2006 is huge. It’s a sign that the issues we care about, sometimes considered “soft” or siloed as only “women’s issues” are finally being seen for what they are: family and national economic security issues that need to be prioritized.


Two chances to join MomsRising on Capitol Hill

Next week is a busy week for MomsRising!

We are going to be up on Capitol Hill twice bringing the voices of moms from around the country to members of Congress—and we would love for YOU to join us at one or even both of these events.

Here are the details about the 2 events:

1. Early Education Storybook Delivery

Early education and childcare is one of the top concerns for MomsRising members. Hundreds of parents have shared their stories with us and we’re heading to the Hill to deliver some of these stories to key decision makers. It's important for lawmakers to know what’s really going on with parents across America as they consider childcare legislation.

In fact, getting these early education stories in front of legislators is critical. Childcare now costs more than college in some states in our nation, and your help is needed to open the eyes of elected leaders about why they must take action.

LIVE from #Netroots: #FoodFri + #Detroit Food and Water Justice

We're excited to be tweeting LIVE from Netroots this week! Join us as we have a vibrant discussion about #Detroit food justice and water.

"Detroiters are symbolic of the core values of most people in this country."-Monica Patrick #nn14 #DetroitWater #Detroit

— MomsRising (@MomsRising) July 18, 2014

Join us this Friday, July 18, 2014, at 1 p.m., EST as @MomsRising chats with @PeoplesWaterDet.

During the chat we'll touch topics that Detroiters are experiencing, including:

Patient Advocates Speak Up for Patient Safety

Earlier this week over 30 national patient safety advocates signed a letter to Congressional delegates urging that a Congressional Committee on Patient Safety and a National Patient Safety Board be created. Each one of us that signed the letter are a member of Consumers' Union Safe Patient Project.

Their press release is here:

You can read the full text of the letter here:

 TODAY at 10AM there is a Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Patient Safety. John T James whose son died from unethical practices (lack of full informed consent) by a cardiologist and former NASA scientist will be testifying on behalf of patients. James published data in September 2013 that shows up to 400,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors.

Out of the Mouths of Babes Comes the Truth About Pesticides

Most of you are undoubtedly familiar with the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Emperor's New Clothes." You may even have read it to your kids and grandkids.

Remember how the two unscrupulous weavers promise the vain and pretentious emperor to create for him new clothes woven of material so marvelous, not to mention expensive, that only those clever, competent and worthy of the emperor's goodwill will be able to see it? His fearful subjects, unwilling to state what their eyes see before them, mumble the appropriate oohs and aahs when the emperor, thinking himself oh so regally decked out, appears in public "wearing" his new suit.

It takes a child to state the obvious: the emperor has no clothes. "But he isn't wearing anything at all!" shouts the child.

Thankfully, out of the mouths of our babes still comes the truth!

Let's Recognize California's Hidden Heroes!

Nominate a Hidden Hero!

We all have heroes in our communities.

They may not be wearing a cape or a mask, but they still know how to save the day.

Many Californians have been Hidden Heroes: Working tirelessly to help their friends and family get affordable healthcare so they can live healthier lives.

Before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 22% of California’s nonelderly adults were uninsured—that number has now dropped to 11%. (Yay progress!) And over three-quarters of uninsured children in California are eligible for Medi-Cal, but just not signed up yet.[2] Getting the word out to families about what coverage options they are eligible for is—and will continue to be—a huge job to make sure all Californians get health coverage.

Teaching Children About Poverty

By Elise Schreier, Blogger for

A friend of mine recently published an article in the Washington Post (This is what happened ...) about her experience using food stamps via the WIC program.  Her decent into poverty was a swift one, and the image so vividly painted in the article is of her arriving to pick up WIC checks in a Mercedes.  Her story has elicited a highly-charged response full of both criticism and praise but, at the core, it is a call for non-judgment.  A reminder of how any one of us could have found ourselves in those shoes – and being poor does not come with an open invitation to criticize.  You don’t know until you take the time to get to know.

The heart of her message is this:

The Great Work Cultures Initiative: Raise a Big Tent, Invite a Million Friends

I became aware of the huge bias against mothers in hiring, wages and advancement over a decade ago.  In response I co-founded with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.  As I learned more and more about work that was compatible with parenthood it became clear that all the practices that are good for mothers are good for everybody, businesses included.  In 2010 I co-wrote The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where and How to Work and Boost the Bottom Line. Out of the pink ghetto, a year later, speaking at a Wall St. conference it became clear to me that even this was not sufficient!   There have been inspirational speakers, thinkers, academics and consultants that speak to the power of teams, trust, flexibility, results-based management and more for decades... but broad systemic change has not happened. In spite of many brilliant success stories to emulate, great workplaces continue to be the exception rather than the norm.  This must change!

Why do we need Great Work Cultures?  A recent Gallup report reveals that  70% of the workforce is not engaged.

Faith above Facts: One Mom’s Career in Sex Law, Part 3

I’m ticked off with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and four of his brethren. The nerve of those guys! In the recent, fiercely divided 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision, they ruled that one man’s belief is more important than a woman’s facts. Bosses now get to interfere with their female employees’ personal decisions about birth control. 

Essentially, five men determined that discrimination against women isn’t discrimination at all.  They’ve all but condemned our daughters to decades of legal battles over access to basic birth control.

Adding insult to injury, they failed to even acknowledge a century’s worth of medical evidence that birth control is crucial to the health of women.  That is equivalent to spitting on our grandmothers’ graves.

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