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Life at the Intersection of Hate: 2016-???

When I was three years old, my mother took me to visit the attic hiding place of Anne Frank in the Netherlands. My family was in Europe not for a trip, but because my father, a Bangladeshi Muslim immigrant to the United States, was stationed in Germany while serving in the US Army. I have no memories of the trip, but for my mother visiting Anne’s last home was very intentional. She wanted to bring her daughter to the home of a young Jewish girl who, generations ago, hid with her family in a cramped attic hoping for a peaceful world amidst one of the most brutally violent and xenophobic periods in modern human history.
 

Let's Talk Sugar, Sugar Policies & Why You Should Care at #FoodFri

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It can be confusing when you hear sugar discussed in the media. As a parent, I had questions. How much sugar should a child eat? What's the difference between added sugars and naturally occuring sugars? And, why should I care? These were just some of the questions I had when I sought to educate myself about sugar.

And so I went to the experts. Scientists. Who better to explain the science behind sugar, sugar policies and why we should care, right?

On December 2, 2016, between 1-2 p.m. EST, the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Genna Reed and Gretchen Goldman will join @MomsRising for a #FoodFri tweetchat to discuss the risks and consequences of added sugars in our children's food, how sugar policies can help or hurt our children's health, and the food industry’s attempts to “keep business as usual”.

Join us! Bring your questions to learn how sugar affects your family’s health, what you can do about it in your daily life and how you can advocate for healthier policies!

Click below to invite a friend (or two!) to this week's chat.

UPDATE: #GivingTuesday Donors Stand Strong for Women, Moms, Families!

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I won’t lie. I woke up this morning saddened by new announcements of Trump appointees armed with policies aimed at hurting our economy and families. But, then I found out that over the past few days, hundreds of moms and dads responded to our call for contributions.

I’m inspired. I’m inspired by what we can do together to reinforce and grow this movement in preparation for the difficult challenges ahead.

Will you seize the unique power you have today to DOUBLE your gift? Don’t let this generous Giving Tuesday match slip away: Make a gift to MomsRising – every dollar will be matched.

I can’t stress enough how much your support will mean to us.

When we invited friends like you to share why you rise for MomsRising, your responses – hundreds and hundreds of them – filled us with a deep sense of gratitude for the resilience, strength and camaraderie of the MomsRising community.

So this Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving, we’re doing two things:

After the Storm

One bright afternoon of this August in our neighborhood playground, an older child—probably 5 or 6 years old— threatened my 3-year-old son, saying “Trump will kick you out of here when he becomes President.” 
 
That was the first time my son learned about the election. We didn't talk about it at home, considering he’s still young. I never thought he would learn about it this way in a playground. A shocking lesson for him.
 
And a shocking lesson for me. When it comes to unfriendly comments about immigrants and minority groups, many Asian American people, including me, often have an illusion of “safety”. Trump has accused Hispanic American of bringing crimes; he has called Muslims terrorists. But hey, we are Asian Americans. We are quiet and shy, we do our math and science, we don’t attract attention.

MomsRising on President-Elect Trump’s Appointments

Taken together, President-Elect Trump’s appointments to date present a significant threat to our democracy, to the people of our country, and to our economy:
   
·         Rep. Tom Price, nominated for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has made dismantling the Affordable Care Act a landmark goal of his political career. Price’s stated goal is to kick nearly 20 million Americans off health care coverage and force people with pre-existing conditions into an expensive and unnecessary fight for their lives, all of which hurts our economy and families.  Further, Price’s view that Head Start should be administered and controlled by the states as opposed to the federal government will dramatically reduce the effectiveness of the program overall, creating unfair variabilities across states that hurt access to child care and early childhood education and make our country less competitive internationally.

Tips For Healing the Divide By Talking Turkey Over Cranberry Sauce

Confession: I’ve been shopping for sweet potatoes and green beans for our family gathering while still reeling from the election. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around everything—including how to avoid unproductive food fights over politics during Thanksgiving dinner and how turn that time into a way to bridge divides instead.  So we researched how to have productive family conversations over turkey and have some tips below (Scroll down).

Let’s face it.  Things are not normal.  The conversation over cranberry sauce won’t be normal either. It feels like our nation has never been as divided.  So as we come together at tables across the country this Thursday some will be mourning, some will be celebrating, some will be organizing, and many will be coming together from multiple perspectives on the Presidential candidates all at the same table… but no matter what place you’re in, the table talk is sure to include the election. 

One good place to start healing the divide is by talking turkey over the cranberry sauce. Here are some suggestions on how to move the conversation forward across the dinner table and nation: 

Delicious Side Dishes for the Holidays

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Looking for variety this holiday season? With sides, it's easier to experiment and introduce your family, and children, to new flavors. Presenting them during the festivities, will also encourage them to try something they ordinarily wouldn't eat because they see others eating them as well. That's the kind of peer pressure I don't mind my sons having! Plus, these recipes have been Mom tested and approved by some of our favorite food bloggers.

To view a recipe, simply click on the image below. Enjoy and happy holidays! 

 

Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Walnuts

Brussels sprouts are not typically something my sons' eat without cajoling; however, when I make this side dish, they often ask for seconds. It's a east recipe that takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. 

 

Trinidadian Macaroni Pie

Make a Quick Call To Speak Out For Affordable Healthcare!

QUICK ACTION NEEDED: Speaker Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare or ACA)! Families across the U.S. who do not have access to employer sponsored coverage have benefited greatly from the Affordable Car Act.

Easy, Healthy Holiday Side Dish: Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Walnuts

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Side dishes don't often get the the attention they deserve during the holidays. Personally, I love side dishes and often eat them as stand alone dishes (I'm weird like that!). What I love most is how easy they are to create and serve. And because they're pretty easy to make, you can easily pass this recipe on to that relative, or friend, who hasn't yet learned how to cook so that they can contribute and prepare it for your holiday gathering feast.

One of my faves, the "Brussels Sprouts with Grapes & Walnuts", is an easy peasy recipe I received from Terra's Kitchen. Brussel sprouts are chock full of vitamin C and vitamin K, making them a healthy addition to any meal. But I'll be honest, it's the addition of the sweet grapes and the crunchy walnuts that make my sons' reach for seconds. They just wouldn't eat brussel sprouts if I served them alone!

Try it out and let me know what you think. My hope is that you'll enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

 

The Emboldened Political Landscape

Without a doubt, our nation is divided, and it should no less, encourage us to love, unite, and make small efforts of kindness, a daily act upon which we show the next generation resilience.

As a school district employee, I strive to foster the conditions for this kindness, in order to nourish the character of the inquisitive, pure minds of the youth I have the privilege of looking after.

As an employee, complaints from students about staff or administration far more exceeded one district I served over another; incidentally, my school district in high school. I reflected on some of what I’d experienced growing up: marginalization, uncomfortable experiences, and racism by staff.

Inappropriate teacher-student relationships were kept under wraps or silently dismissed, then the same teachers were later rehired in another district. POC kids, singled out by staff for dress code checks and disciplinary actions. As we became larger in number, some of these issues receded, but I never forgot the civil liberty violations: prayers, pledge of allegiance requirements, and of course, religious indoctrination in class.

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