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JOIN US 6/23, 7PM: Candlelight Vigil at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles #Justice

On Friday, June 23rd, TV Judge Glenda Hachett will join her son, Charles S. Johnson (Kyria’s husband) as well as local community members of MomsRising, Amnesty International, Black Women for Wellness, and Black Lives Matter for a candlelight vigil at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on what would have been the 41st birthday of Kyria Dixon Johnson.

 

Judge Hachett, the Johnson family, and the coalition of groups are calling on the California Health Department to launch a full and thorough investigation into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after the death of Kyira Dixon Johnson.  Johnson, who died on April 12th 2016 after giving birth, died of preventable and treatable birth complications as the result of a botched caesarean section.  Despite complaints from Johnson’s family, Johnson was left to bleed internally for 10 hours before she got the treatment that she needed.  

WHEN:  Friday, June 23rd. 7:00pm PT

WHERE:  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  San Vincente Blvd and Gracie Allen Dr. Los Angeles, CA.

Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction Will ‘Advance Justice, Strengthen Families’ in North Carolina

We commend North Carolina state legislators for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction for misdemeanors and low-level felonies in the budget they passed yesterday. This puts an end to the days when 16- and 17-year-olds were automatically prosecuted as adults, even for the most minor offenses. This action will advance justice and strengthen families and communities in the state.
 
North Carolina was the last state in the country that automatically charged 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice system. When Governor Cooper signs this bill, that counterproductive practice will finally end and 16- and 17-year-olds who commit minor offenses will no longer be prosecuted as adults and will be able to access developmentally appropriate services.
 

Raising Kids Who Embrace Race: Why we must, where we begin.

Why We Gather. EmbraceRace is about building a strong and nourishing community of practice for parents, guardians, teachers and other caregivers who want to help raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. In this session we — Andrew (Grant-Thomas) and Melissa (Giraud) — will talk about the Big Picture of race in the United States that led us to launch the community.

REGISTER HERE to join this FREE, online, community conversation on TUESDAY, June 27th at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET.

We’ll highlight the goals we derived from that Big Picture and describe some of the work, both current and upcoming, we hope will help us all move toward those goals. We see EmbraceRace both as a provider of information and support in the race-and-raising-kids space and as part of a larger movement for racial and social justice. We think there’s a lot at stake in whether, how, and how well we collectively do this work. Let’s talk about it!

We're talking Presidential Accountability tonight during our #KeepMarching telephone town hall!

We are so excited to hop on the phone with you tonight, 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST, for MomsRising’s #KeepMarching telephone town hall meeting on Presidential accountability, when we'll cover the nuts and bolts of impeachment, how special counsels and independent commissions work, and the current political environment. 

MomsRising Executive Director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner hosts special guests Dr. Matt Dallek from George Washington University and David Sievers of MoveOn.org for this exciting and timely discussion, followed by Q & A.

With President Trump announcing today that he has no tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, and with the Senate Republicans finally sharing their secret healthcare plan with the public, there's lots to talk about!

The conversation will be live-streamed over the Internet here: https://action.momsrising.org/go/29410?t=3&akid=9305.11138.zK5zOQ.com/video/streaming.php?client=16449

SIGN: Protect Medicaid, Vote NO on the Healthcare Bill

TAKE ACTION

We have bad news to share and an URGENT need for you to take action ASAP to help save health care. Here’s the bad news: If there was a contest for the worst health care bill, the U.S. Senate Republicans’ bill, released this morning, would win it. It’s out of touch, out of line with our nation’s priorities, and damaging to our families and economy. It’s unconscionable.

This is an emergency. Take action to protect healthcare now! Tell the Senate Republicans to stop attacking families by threatening the health of our children and communities in order to give tax cuts to the wealthy.

* This is our very short, but very direct letter to every US Senator you can sign onto:

“Stop attacking families by threatening the health of children and communities! Vote NO on the incredibly destructive “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” and do your job representing your constituents by protecting healthcare including the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid!”

Moms to U.S. Senate Republicans: Stop Attacking Our Families

If there was a contest for the worst health care bill, the U.S. Senate Republicans’ bill, released this morning, would win it. It’s out of touch, out of line with our nation’s priorities, and damaging to our families and economy. It’s unconscionable. The bill released this morning would plunge tens of millions of moms and families into crisis, end Medicaid as we know it, and devastate our economy. The cuts to Medicaid, which covers nearly one half of the births in our country, are more devastating than even in the House version of the bill. Supporters of this bill are prioritizing tax cuts for the wealthy over the health and lives of infants, children and families. No wonder the drafters were hiding while writing this bill. It is nothing short of shameful.
 

SuperMom MacKenzie Nicholson testifies before Congress on the importance of paid leave

Good afternoon everyone, and thank you to Congresswoman Frankel and the Democratic Women’s Working Group for inviting me to speak today. My name is MacKenzie, I’m a proud MomsRising member from, New Hampshire. I’m a mother of two – a four-year-old son (whose birthday is today!) and a five-month-old baby girl. I also help care for my 62-year-old mother, making me a member of the sandwich generation. Over the past several months, my family has experienced both the joy of a new birth and the stress of an elderly family member’s serious illness.  
 
My husband and I did everything we could to prepare for the birth of our daughter and arrange for her care once she arrived. The organization that I work for only offered 3 weeks of paid leave for a birth. I spent months saving up sick days and vacation time so I could have a meaningful amount of maternity leave to recover from a=my expected c-section and bond with my new baby girl.

Mothers should not die giving birth. We need lawmakers on every level of government to step up. Take Action Now!

Take action!

Kyira Dixon Johnson was excited to give birth to her second son, she was in good health with no pre-existing conditions. On April 12, 2016 at 12:30pm at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA , she delivered a healthy baby boy and spent the next two few hours bonding with her new baby. Within 24 hours, however, Kyira would lose her life.  The complications following the delivery of her son were preventable.

Women in the United States are dying from pregnancy-related complications at a higher rate than women in 47 other countries. This alarming fact must be addressed; pregnancy must become safe.

In March 2017, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 to support states in identifying the root causes of maternal death and severe morbidity.

Back us up on Capitol Hill with a quick healthcare call!

What’s that sound? It’s the sound of moms, dads, and little kids storming Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with your healthcare stories and our super powers!

Moms from around the country are in D.C. right now, with their little kids dressed as superheroes, delivering your messages directly to the U.S. Senate to let them know that Medicaid does wonders for our kids, families, and economy. And even though you can’t be there in-person, we need you to help back us up with a call to your U.S. Senators to let them know to be on the look out for your stories, messages, and our little superheroes.

**Call your U.S. Senators NOW and tell them that MomsRising is on Capitol Hill today delivering your Medicaid stories and messages. Tell them they should be on the lookout for us and urge them to protect Medicaid!!

Call 1-888-496-4842 and we’ll quickly walk you through the process and connect you with your U.S. Senator.  (It just takes a couple of minutes).

#ProtectOurCare: Because My 11-Year-Old Daughter’s Life Depends On Medicaid

When a child is born ill or with disabilities, there is love, but there is also fear. Fear of what will happen during the endless medical procedures, what kind life the child might live, how life will be different than what was imagined and fear of paying for it all.

When my daughter Claire was born almost 11 years ago, her health and future were uncertain. Born with a rare genetic disorder that affects nearly every part of her body, Claire spent time in the neo-natal intensive care unit, had heart surgery when she was 4 months old, and endured test after test after test to figure out the extent of the impact of her extra genetic material would have on her health and development. These tests determined she was missing part of her brain, that she suffered from pulmonary hypertension, that she had hearing loss, that she was likely to suffer seizures, that she would be lucky to one day recognize simple symbols, and on and on.

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