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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.

Who are the Real Mothers of Invention?

In today’s Civil Beat, an online Hawaii public affairs outlet created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, inventor Lisa Brothers writes about how Patsy Mink’s Title IX legislation intersects with pending patent legislation, mothers, and the US road to innovation.

I will fast for those who do not have the capacity to speak for themselves

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.

In my reflections during my fast, I thought about the need to provide a voice for those who do not have the capacity to speak for themselves. Un-silencing the hunger pangs that came and went, un-silencing all the families that are torn apart, un-silencing all those who come here for a better life.

I will fast as a mother of a four-year-old son

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.

When my nana, Claire Laufer Daniels, was 17 years old, the Nazis marched into her hometown of Vienna and were welcomed with open arms. Seemingly overnight, her friends turned on her, she was forbidden from attending school and she was even forced to scrub the city’s sidewalks with guns pointed at her head.

Thankfully, she was able to escape, but her parents stayed behind and were eventually murdered at Auschwitz. She came to the United States all alone as a scared 17-year-old. She spoke no English. She knew nobody. She had no idea what would happen to her parents.

I am fasting for an immigration reform that strengthens 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.

My name is Beth Messersmith, and I’m fasting both as the NC Campaign Director for MomsRising, a grassroots organization with more than 28,000 NC members and more than a million members nationwide, and as a NC mom myself.

As mothers, we are calling for inclusive immigration reform that strengthens families, and aligns with our nation’s values.

I am fasting for compassion towards immigrant 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.

I am fasting as a mother, a granddaughter, and North Carolina activist

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.

My name is Dani Moore, and I’m fasting today as a mother, a granddaughter, and as someone active in North Carolina’s immigrants’ rights movement. It is fitting that we are fasting on a holiday celebrating Irish culture and history, since we often do not realize the migration stories of today are not so different than those of past generations.

Both of my grandmothers had roots in Ireland and England, and I celebrate their lives on this St. Patrick’s Day. As we work for common sense immigration reform in 2014, let us remember our history as a nation of immigrants. It is a story that included Irish immigrants, many of whom spoke Gaelic and learned English, coming to the American continent seeking a better life.

I am fasting to repair a broken immigration system that ignores the ties of family and love

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.

My name is Erin Oshiro and I’m fasting as a woman, a mom, and as the great-granddaughter of Japanese, Irish and Italian immigrants. The majority of immigrants in the U.S. are women and children. Neither they nor their loved ones ensnared in the family-visa backlogs can wait another day for Congress to reform or broken immigration system. I’m fasting for the millions of families separated by red tape, bureaucracy and unrelenting enforcement that ignores the ties of family and love. I’m also fasting to honor my mom and all the women in my family who made me the person I am today.

Women Beaten, Tortured, and Chained – For the Vote

I wrote this post for The Shriver Report, where it originally appeared on March 21, 2014.  They have kindly given me permission to post it here in full.  Here is a link to its original appearance.

Everything I know about how women got the right to vote in this country began with a movie called “Iron-jawed Angels”.  I was invited to a screening in the Library of Congress before the HBO broadcast.  It was then that I realized that women’s suffrage, treated like something of a footnote in US history class, was such a controversial issue that women had been beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and suffered greatly to obtain it.  It struck me that there must be a connection between women’s fight for the vote being swept under the rug of history and our ongoing struggle for equality in this country.  I wanted to know more.  Little did I know I was only steps away from the proverbial mother lode of suffrage history.

Join the Toxic Freedom Fighters

Did you see that Seventh Generation has taken a leadership role on cleaning up our toxics laws?

We’ve been blogging for years about the fact that over 80,000 chemicals are in products we use everyday– and they’ve never been tested for safety. Our kids are being exposed to chemicals that can alter their hormones, cause learning problems, early puberty, and many chronic diseases. Chemicals used regularly in consumer products are linked to cancers, infertility, early puberty, obesity, reproductive system problems, and learning disabilities. Since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on less than 10% of 85,000 chemicals in commerce! Even cancer causing Asbestos can’t be banned under this current law. Can you say broken?

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