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#YesWeCan and #YesWeDid – Say farewell & thank-you to the Obamas!

Thank you!

“For now, whether you are young or whether you're young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president. The same thing I asked we take a chance on eight years ago. I am asking you to believe, not in my ability to bring about change but in yours. – President Barack Obama

This week, President Obama delivered his farewell address from Chicago with a heartfelt reminder that while we’ve accomplished so much together over the last eight years, we still have a lot of work to do. He also reminded us that we have the power to make the changes we seek.

As he said, “For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step backward. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion.”

We’re certainly grateful for the many steps forward we’ve taken with President Obama over the last eight years. And while it’s important to look to the future and stay vigilant, it’s also important to take a moment and look back and say "Thank you!" to the Obamas.

We'll be at the #WomensMarch! Join us!

Join Us!On January 21, MomsRising is standing in solidarity with our families, children, neighbors, and hundreds of partnering women's organizations at the upcoming historic Women's March on Washington -- to protect our rights, our safety, our families, and our democracy, and to say NO to hate. How about you?
Whether you're marching in the district, attending an event in your local hometown, or showing your solidarity online - we want know! Sign up by following this link and we'll keep you updated and send you details on how you can connect with MomsRising virtually during the march.

A Bilingual Mama living in a Monolingual Nation: My Journey Raising a Bilingual Child

My husband and I consider ourselves to be bilingual and biliterate. As former dual language teacher, I always knew that we wanted to ensure that our daughter received the gift of language.

Given my background in bilingual education, I always over-analyzed our home environment, wanting to make sure that she was completely immersed in the language. We had a Spanish only rule in the house, but we quickly found ourselves in this natural code-switching mode. It's a world that my husband and I comfortably live in. The fluidity of both languages just couldn't give into my "Spanish only" rule.

Speak out to protect healthcare!

Take Action!

Thank you for all you have done so far to speak out against some U.S. members of Congress’ plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major, damaging changes to Medicaid and Medicare. I don’t have to tell you that, if these changes succeed, our families’ healthcare will suffer.

But moms, dads, and concerned people are speaking out! All your stories and letters to Congress are truly making a difference—elected leaders are taking notice! MomsRising staff and volunteers even got a special shout out and round of applause for all we (and YOU!) are doing from members of Congress who are supporting healthcare.

We can’t let up! We need you to continue to speak out for quality, affordable healthcare!!

**Will you join me in writing a Letter to the Editor in support of quality, affordable healthcare? We made it super easy for you to do. Just click here.

New Year, New Baby...New job?!

You hear about NH every four years because of the presidential election, but other things are happening in NH too! Some good, some not so good. Did you see the news about Concord, NH's first baby of 2017? (1) The night that Lamar and his wife Lindsay should have been celebrating the New Year arrival of their baby Cainan instead will be remembered for the text Lamar received at 1AM informing him that he was fired from his job for missing work to be at the birth! Come on!!!

New Hampshire is much like the rest of the country - and as we start 2017, less than 1/3 of working people in New Hampshire (2) have access to paid family and medical leave. 

However there is hope! During the election, I was super pumped to see our question on paid family and medical leave asked during a gubernatorial forum - and even more thrilled when both candidates indicated their support for paid family and medical leave. Well - the time has come for action!

MomsRising Urges Senate to Refuse to Confirm Jeff Sessions to Serve as Attorney General

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation hearing on Senator Jeff Sessions, a nominee whose record clearly indicates that he is absolutely not qualified to serve as United States Attorney General. Senator Sessions’ record on voting rights, anti-discrimination protections, policing practices, government surveillance, immigrants’ rights and more demonstrates that he is far outside the mainstream and in no way qualified to head the federal agency charged with protecting and advancing justice in this country.
Senator Sessions’ record on basic civil rights is deeply disturbing. He has repeatedly opposed legislation that would make our nation more fair and just, including the Voting Rights Act, the Violence Against Women Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He defended discrimination on the basis of religion by supporting a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He has embraced policies that oppose birthright citizenship and legal immigration. This fall, he called it ‘a stretch’ to say that grabbing women by their genitals, without consent, was sexual assault.

TODAY! Call for WA State with Secretary Tom Perez

Hello Washington State MomsRising! This is a reminder that TODAY at noon PT, we’re hosting a conference call to hear from Secretary Perez about the US Department of Labor's #LeadOnLeave campaign and to learn more about the impact it has had here in Washington State. We'll also discuss the opportunities that lie ahead for paid family and medical leave here in Washington and how members of the Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave Network can be involved. 
Even more exciting? We’ll have time for YOUR questions and answers too! 
Didn't get your confirmation email about joining? Please email me, casey at momsrising dot org! Look forward to talking with you!



5 Ways To Introduce Activism To Your Kids With #MomsReading

Our kids are listening. And with all of the toxic rhetoric that seemed to dominate the conversation in 2016 , it is more important than ever to talk to our families about diversity, inclusion, and activism to help build a better future going into 2017. Wondering how to get started? We’ve got you covered!

We are introducing a four part social justice series that will help introduce the topics of activism,, LGBT equality, and racial equity with book suggestions and fun activities for your child. Understanding these concepts will help  you prepare your child to be a good citizen while strengthening your child’s social awareness skills--one of the five important social-emotional development skills.

**For more on what social-emotional skills are, check out our first MomsReading blog post.**

Your healthcare stories are making a difference on Capitol Hill!!!

On Friday, I represented MomsRising at a meeting with Leader Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Bobby Scott and Frank Pallone to discuss the defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from being repealed. In attendance were also 50+ organizations that are working tirelessly to protect the healthcare of our families.

NO! To hate and bigotry becoming the new normal

Take Action!

I’m typing this to you from my dining room table in Seattle, Washington. My daughter is doing homework across from me. Just a few feet away my son is playing a video game to a background of rocking techno. Our puppy is intermittently trying to hop in my lap and share her soggy toy. My email inbox is an avalanche of emails pinging in at blizzard pace. And I’m fielding a stream of requests for delicious snacks.

In other words, it’s a normal night at my house. I’m beyond grateful for moments like these.

But there is nothing normal about what's happening right now in the other Washington… Washington, D.C. where beginning next week the U.S. Senate will start voting on Trump’s cabinet nominees. It’s an understatement to say that this isn’t a normal Cabinet, nomination process, or election.

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