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Monday, September 26th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT is the first Presidential debate of the 2016 election! To keep debate watching fun, we've created a debate BINGO card to help you track whether the candidates are covering issues of greatest concern to women, moms, and families.  

** Gather your troops (your troops can be just your cat, or your child, or your neighbor without a TV) and have a virtual party with us & your TV on Mondaynight.
 
--- Click here to tell us "I'm in!" for the virtual BINGO party and get our nifty Presidential BINGO card: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/DebateBINGO2016/?source=blog

The BINGO card is a great, fun way to track if the presidential candidates talk about the issues that are important to women, moms, dads, kids, and families. Issues like fair pay, access to healthcare, sick days, child care and other family economic security policies. 

Two Black fathers shot dead for nothing.

Keith Lamont Scott of Charlotte, North Carolina, had been waiting in his car for his son to arrive home from school, and Terence Crutcher, of Tulsa, Oklahoma had been waiting at the side of the road after his truck stalled. Both men are now dead, wrongfully gunned down by police. Both are Black men.

Quick Action: Support workers who want to vote!

Four years ago, Regina got up early to vote before her workday started at Walmart. It ended up taking two hours to cast her ballot. Thankfully, she made it to work just in time, but voting shouldn’t be that stressful!
 
No worker at Walmart, or any other business, should have to worry about facing a reprimand (or even losing a job) in order to exercise their right to vote.
 
Join us in asking large employers like Walmart to give their employees 3 hours of paid time off work to go vote on Election Day! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/employer_timeoff_voting/
 
This is a big deal. In the last presidential election, only about half of eligible voters across the U.S. turned out to vote, and in 2014 only one-third made it to the polls. Why? Well, most American workers have little or no paid time off.

MomsRising on the Police Murders of Keith Lamont Scott, Tyre King and Terence Crutcher

No mom or dad, no son or daughter, should ever have to fear a loved one could come to harm at the hands of those charged with protecting them. Yet look at the headlines. Thirteen-year-old Tyre King, as well as Keith Scott and Terence Crutcher, both fathers, were killed by police just this week.  What's going on isn't right, it isn't fair, and it's not okay. It’s not only breaking our hearts, it’s breaking our nation.  And it must stop. Studies show that even though White Americans outnumber Black Americans five-fold, Black people are three times more likely than White people to be killed when they encounter the police in the US, and Black teenagers are 21 times likelier to be killed by police than White teenagers.
 
Enough is enough. #BlackLivesMatter. Period.
 
At the national level, we need higher standards of policing, strengthened accountability mechanisms, and critical reforms to end: Biased racial profiling, police brutality, and militarized policing targeting African American and Latino youth, families, and communities throughout our country.
 

#MilitaryMonday: Helping Kids Get the Foods They Need To Grow Up Healthy and Strong

Feeding our children is one of the most basic responsibilities of every parent. It is an act of culture and an act of love.  As both a mother and a pediatric gastroenterologist, I am involved in the world of food, feeding, and nutrition, not only at home but also at work.

I am also involved in advocating with lawmakers. As a doctor who helps children with nutritional issues, I know that sometimes having the medical answer alone isn’t enough. Sometimes it takes writing a new law to help kids get the foods they need to grow up healthy and strong.

Some children aren’t able to enjoy or digest the food everyone else is eating. There are several medical conditions of the gastrointestinal and liver systems that prevent children from having a “typical” diet. These can range from kids with multiple severe food allergies to teenagers with inflammatory bowel disease to premature infants with liver disease to children born with rare genetic metabolic conditions.

While You Were Out – DC Council

In July, the DC Council recessed for the summer, leaving business unfinished on the Universal Paid Leave Act. At the time, the Washington Post's Aaron Davis reported that parents should "go ahead and have that baby — paid family leave isn’t coming to D.C. soon," a burdensome proposition when hundreds of thousands of hardworking people in the District lack access to the kind of lifeline supports paid family and medical leave programs provide when welcoming a new child or dealing with a serious medical condition. While legislative progress on paid leave was put on hold during recess, DC residents responded today, September 20th - the first day of legislative meetings for the fall session - by sharing why they couldn’t so easily do the same with their lives. Every day of delayed action on paid leave has dire consequences for DC families - it's time to #LeadOnLeaveDC!
 

Important gains in household income, poverty rate, and health care coverage. Yet there is more to be done.

On Sept. 13, the U.S. Census Bureau released important new data on poverty, median household income, and the number of Americans covered by health insurance. Below is a statement by Deborah Weinstein, executive director of the Coalition on Human Needs, responding to the new data.

The official poverty rate is down, median household income is up, and the percentage of uninsured Americans is lower than it has ever been in the history of our nation. Truly we have a lot to be thankful for.

At the same time, too many Americans are still being left behind in an economy that is working for some of us – but not for all. Too many Americans remain uninsured, and we are not doing all we can to put public programs that we know fight poverty to their fullest use.

First, let’s review what we learned today, when the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual data on poverty, median household income and health insurance coverage.

One Minute Justice

Recently, I addressed the NC Commission on the Administration of Law & Justice public hearing held in Wilmington, NC, advocating raising the age from 16 to 18 years old for prosecution under the adult justice system. There are only 2 states that prosecute 16- and 17-yr-olds  as adults, North Carolina and New York. In 48 other states teenagers under the age of 18 are handled in the juvenile justice system. But in North Carolina if you are a day over 16 and break the law, you are tried as an adult and face the same punishment as any other lawbreaking adult. For many, this could mean spending time in an adult prison as a 16 year old.
 
Justin’s Story
 
It has been 21 years since my then 16-year-old son, Justin, broke the law. My speaking before the commission was a last minute decision as I had only read about the hearing in the morning newspaper. This hearing rekindled many buried emotions and re-opened the wound of that time so long ago; however for my son he cannot ever forget or remove the scar that is his for life. I felt I owed it to him to speak out.

Impossible Choices.

Of course we know that hunger exists in America – and that an estimated 15.3 million childrenin our country, or one in five, live in a household where there is a real risk they will go hungry.

Often studies of childhood hunger involve very young children – up to five years of age, for example, and the very real problems these children will experience later in life if deprived of food at an early age.

But what hasn’t been studied as much is the problem, and effect, of hunger on teenagers – and what teenagers will do to avoid it.

Until now.

New Fair Housing Act Guidance Regarding Survivors of Domestic Violence and Other Vulnerable Residents

Imagine being injured in a domestic violence incident, but instead of calling 911 for help, you decide to put down the phone. You’re afraid your call for emergency services will get you evicted from your home.

It’s unimaginable that anyone experiencing violence at home would have to make a decision like that. Your home should be your refuge. And if you need help, you should feel free to call for it.

Unfortunately, in some communities these calls for help can put a victim of domestic violence or other person in need of emergency services at risk of becoming homeless. That’s because they may violate local “nuisance” ordinances, which may prohibit making excessive calls to 911, even when the caller is a victim of domestic violence or another crime. Nuisance ordinances often require or encourage landlords to evict residents who’ve violated them. These ordinances can discourage victims from reporting domestic abuse and getting the emergency help they need.

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