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Gross Domestic Product – What if you got paid to raise your children?

The idea to write a play about motherhood came to me when I was writing my last play, Flipside and nursing my second child. Actually, it had been gestating since the day I was nursing my first child and complaining to my HartBeat Co-Artistic Director Greg Tate that the intersecting struggles of child care, career and being broke were making motherhood feel impossible.

To this my wise friend said, “Well that’s what’s behind the movement for counting childrearing as part of the Gross Domestic Product. Think about how much easier this would all be if raising children was valued for what it is – producing human capital, which is two thirds of any nation’s capital.” Hmmm… that was something to think about.

But I didn’t really think about it again until that second kid came along and I was consumed with the feeling that life could spin out of control at the drop of a pacifier. What would it look like if motherhood was valued monetarily in the US? How different would my life be? How different would all of our lives be?

Le Exigo Al Presidente Que Cumpla Sus Promesas

Soy Ines Lazarte. Soy miembra de la Colectiva de Mujeres desde hace más de 14 años y trabajo en limpieza de casas y también como “care giver” o en el cuidado de personas mayores.

Mañana estamos entrando en huelga de hambre por una causa justa que es LA REFORMA MIGRATORIA. Exigimos al presidente Obama que cumpla lo que prometió cuando entró de presidente, y lo que está haciendo es todo lo contrario, deportando a tanta gente, separando familias sin compasión de los niños que se quedan al amparo de DIOS.

Nunca en la historia de EEUU se habia visto tantas deportaciones, y menos de un Presidente que pensábamos que iba a hacer todo lo contrario.

Él tiene el poder como Presidente de tomar cartas en el asunto y exigimos que lo haga.

I Am a Mother and an Immigrant

Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

On Monday, I stood in front of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma because I can’t imagine living with the fear that my son could be torn from me at any moment.

In the few hours that I stood in front of the detention center gates, I knew that hundreds of families were being torn apart by deportation. Every day, 1,100 people are deported, leaving children without parents, husbands without wives, grandmothers without grandkids.

Outside the gates, under grey skies, I stood in solidarity with all the parents inside and the 1,499 other women who are fasting this month with We Belong Together.

#FoodFri Tweetchat: Reboot + Renew with Clean Eating

Another Friday is almost upon us and we can’t wait to tell you about this week’s #FoodFri tweetchat topic!

Join us as we discuss how to eat clean, by focusing on fresh, local produce, and whole grains, with Yoli Ouiya the “Queen of Green”.  Feel free to ask questions, share ideas and resources, and learn how to give your body the reboot it needs to renew your relationship with food! At the end, join Yoli and take the pledge to eat clean during the month of May, Clean Eating Month.

Join the #FoodFri Tweetchat with @MomsRising and @Yoliouiya on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 1 p.m., EST / 10 a.m PST!

 

To join and follow the conversation on Twitter use the #FoodFri Hashtag in each tweet.

Baseball more important than the birth of your child. Seriously?

What’s more important than the birth of your child?

Baseball. Obviously.

Just kidding. April Fools’ Day is over! But apparently New York sports radio hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason — who is also a legendary NFL quarterback — didn’t get the memo when they lambasted Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy for taking a THREE-DAY paternity leave. They even had some suggestions for the new dad’s birth plan:

“Quite frankly, I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts, I need to be at opening day,’” said NFL Legend Boomer Esiason. 

REALLY?….REALLY?!

Shocker: Athletes who are radio hosts aren’t doctors. And Carton and Esiason’s take on paid family leave and maternal health is dangerous, sexist, and downright insulting.

Comparing Competing Visions on the 2015 Federal Budget

On Tuesday we at the National Priorities Project released our fourth annual, one-of a kind Competing Visions analysis, which compares the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal to two significantly different visions – the House Republican budget resolution, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, and an alternative introduced by the House Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).

Our analysis highlights the top issues that matter most to Americans and, using opinion polls, shows how each proposal stacks up against what Americans want.

It’s clear that some lawmakers’ visions are out of step with the priorities of the American public on key issues such as job creation, education, and tax loopholes.

A few of the areas where the three proposed budgets offer very different paths for the nation include:

I am fasting for families

Editor’s Note: More than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly this month. The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th, 2014 when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Click here to sign the petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women in DC in April.

At 6:30 am on March 31, 50 women and men gathered at the NW Detention Center to kick off the Washington State participation in ACT. FAST Women’s Fast for Families. Some of us were there because we were sentenced to community service for participation in an occupation of the state Republican Party headquarters where we urged our representatives to support HR 15 for comprehensive immigration reform. Inspired by people who are currently detained and fasting for human treatment in the privately run Detention Center, we decided to participate in ACT. FAST and use some of our community service hours to raise funds to help the detainees.

Oregonians: Let’s End General Electric’s $3 Billion Tax Refund

General Electric got $3 billion in U.S. income tax refunds between 2008 and 2012.

You read that right: They paid LESS THAN ZERO in taxes. You probably paid more than they did!

We have a chance right now to close two of the biggest tax loopholes that let them do it — but we have to act really fast.

Tell Sen. Ron Wyden to close GE’s loopholes and make them pay their fair share of taxes.

These two loopholes reward big corporations like GE for shifting profits to offshore tax havens, where the U.S. can’t tax them.

Sen. Wyden (D-OR) chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which will vote tomorrow on whether to keep the GE loopholes or kill them.

Tell him now: Close GE’s tax loopholes.

If we can pull this off, it’s a multi-billion dollar win.

 

Frank Clemente is the Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness.

Feeling BLAH About Walgreens

When I think of my drugstore, I think, “HEALTH!” and “WELLNESS!” After all, that’s where I go to pick up bandages for boo-boos, cold medicine for the sniffles, and medications for reducing fevers and relieving pain. That’s where my pharmacist gives me the antibiotics that stop simple infections from turning into life-threatening, raging monsters.

But what if a drugstore willfully ignores the concerns of its customers and continues selling things that could actually threaten their health?

Last year, MomsRising joined the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition to launch the Mind the Store Campaign, which challenges the top ten retailers to get tough on toxic chemicals. Since then, both Target and Walmart have announced new chemicals policies.

But not yet Walgreens.

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