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Young People... Preparing to Vote or Not to Vote?

I am 18 years old -- an age where the world seems to have decided that I should no longer be coddled under the domain of childhood. I feel as if I'm suffering from 'growing pains' now more than ever; last year at this time I was worrying about finding a date for prom, and now all of a sudden I worry about rent, tuition and the lack of social justice in the world. Becoming an adult means that life is no longer simple. 18 means responsibility; 18 means the future is coming; 18 means I can vote. I am now entitled to aid my fellow citizens in choosing the leaders who will hopefully effect change in America, and further, the world.

Radio This Week: #BlackLivesMatter, #StandUpSpeakOut, #Cake!, #PaidFamilyLeave & #SickDays!

Radio!This show covers the horrible act of racist terrorism in Charleston, South Carolina and the Civil Rights Movement; tips for fighting racism; how to bake a great cake and build community at the same time; and victories with paid sick days, paid family leave, affordable healthcare coverage, and marriage equality.  
 

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Connecticut can lead the nation.

The numbers are shocking.

Did you know the average 8-year old is drinking 64 ounces a week in sugary drinks that will—over the years—lead to diabetes, obesity, and heart disease?

We need to do everything we can to reduce the amount of soda kids drink.

Join us in calling on Governor Malloy to institute a sales tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Connecticut!

http://action.momsrising.org/sign/connecticut-can-lead-nation-taxing-sugary-drinks/

By taxing sugary drinks, we’re promoting healthier choices as the better option. Sugar-sweetened beverages have been identified as the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets and researchers estimate that these drinks account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained by the U.S. population between 1977 and 2007.

Not only will decreasing the amount of soda people drink improve their health, it will help our state, too! Obesity-related medical expenses are costing Connecticut taxpayers and businesses $856 million per year.

Breastfeeding: Here, There, Everywhere

This past Sunday I joined other dozens of mothers for San Diego Day to Normalize Breastfeeding at Kellogg Park in beautiful La Jolla. 
 
Yes, it’s the day to “normalize” breastfeeding, not to “protect” breastfeeding. I used to believe that breastfeeding is something that needs to be protected, until a recent trip to Taiwan
 
I called the island home for 20 years, but I have not visited the “home” for a long time. I was surprised by what I saw during this trip. There were nursing rooms literally everywhere. From big cities to small towns, nursing rooms could be found in city halls, in shopping malls, in metro stations, in banks, in parks, and in restaurants, even in family restaurants.
 
I was surprised because this was not the Taiwan I remembered.

MomsRising Applauds Bree Newsome for Removing Confederate Flag at South Carolina Capitol Building

Over the weekend, an educator and activist named Bree Newsome scaled the 30ft flag pole at the South Carolina State Capitol Building and removed the confederate flag. MomsRising.org fully supports Bree’s actions and is joining the growing chorus of organizations to call for all charges against Ms. Newsome to be dropped immediately.  Kristin Rowe-Finkberiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org issued the following statement in solidarity with Bree Newsome:

“Over the weekend, Bree Newsome took bold action to expedite the process of removing the Confederate flag from public spaces across the South.  On behalf of our more than one million members, MomsRising joins with other organizations across the country to call on South Carolina to drop all charges against Bree Newsome and take immediate action remove the Confederate flags from all public places.

 

"The Confederate flag has long been a symbol of racism - and barbaric policies of segregation and Jim Crow laws - that continue to undermine people of color in the United States.

 

Report Back: MomsRising Members Meet With Senator Heller's Staff

We had a GREAT meeting with MomsRising members and U.S. Senator Dean Heller​'s staff in Nevada to discuss working family tax issues, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)! Our members shared with Senator Heller's staff why these tax breaks help families make ends meet, including to help cover costs for a family's small business, for after school activities, and for due bills that they otherwise wouldn't be able to cover.
 
The staff we met with was incredibly generous with their time and after we were done discussing the EITC/CTC, they wanted to know what other issues MomsRising is working on. We had a great conversation about paid sick days, child care/early learning, healthcare, and immigration. They were very interested in our work and what matters to Nevada moms. Thank you to every member who came, who had our backs online by signing petitions, and to the Senator's helpful staff!

Looking for a Healthy 4th of July Recipe? Join #FoodFri!

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Happy 4th of July! This week we are celebrating with a healthy #FoodFri holiday recipe.

Join @MomsRising and @MamasConPoder as we share sabroso/tasty recipes on July 3, 2015 at 1pm, EST! It's the perfect time to share your favorite recipes and find a few new ones as well.  Don't let the warm weather keep you away from the kitchen (or the grill!). Stop by at 1pm, Eastern, to get some new healthy ideas, and share your own.

Prepare your tastebuds, and invite a friend or two by clicking below... we're going to have a tantalizing #FoodFri!

Tweet: I'm joining @MomsRising's healthy #FoodFri Recipe tweetchat to find (and share!) #recipes! Click for info: http://ctt.ec/n508f+ #4thofJuly

To get you started, Catarina Rivera, a Good Food Force Blogger, prepared affordable and healthy Salmon and Black Bean Cakes.

 

Healthy Dinner: Salmon and Black Bean Cakes Recipe

Recipe

My life can sometimes feel too hectic for cooking, but I really value eating healthy. That’s why I love these easy salmon and black bean cakes for dinner. I’m lucky that my husband Madison steps up in the kitchen and makes most of the meals. This time, my husband and I made them together and photographed the whole process. We started with this recipe but ended up creating our own variation!

Salmon is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent for brain health. This recipe calls for canned salmon, which is affordable as well as healthy. It’s much cheaper than fresh salmon. I suggest purchasing wild Alaskan salmon for a higher-quality fish compared to farm-raised salmon. We buy ours from Trader Joe’s, which has canned wild salmon at an affordable price point.

We used oats for our cakes but bread crumbs may absorb liquid better, so we recommend experimenting with both.

Enjoy and please let me know what you think after making it. Feel free to add your own twist on the recipe and share your variations!

Congress wants to cut Medicaid. Moms can’t let them!!!

Just last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Affordable Care Act, protecting millions of families from losing the financial assistance that makes their healthcare affordable. This was a huge victory!

But the fight isn’t over. We need to keep the victories rolling by bringing our powerful voices to Congress! Right now, negotiations over the federal budget are starting to heat up and some members of Congress are trying to quietly make major cuts to the critically important health coverage that Medicaid provides to kids, women, and families.

Horrible!

It’s time to speak up to protect access to affordable healthcare once again! Our Mom Force can put a stop to this! Join us in making Medicaid protection the next win for moms, kids, and families!

What do we do after antibiotics?

“If you look back through history, most people died the way my great uncle died. Most people didn’t die of cancer or heart disease; the lifestyle diseases that affect us in the West today. They didn’t die of these, because they didn’t live long enough to develop them. They died of injuries… and most of the time from infection, which finished what those injuries began. All of this changed when antibiotics arrived.”

I encourage you to check out this TED Talk from science writer Maryn McKenna, a leading voice against the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conservatively says that 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic resistant infections. Worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates 700,000 deaths. That’s a lot of people. And yet, says McKenna, “There’s a good chance that you don’t feel at risk." 

But you are.

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