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A big group of 10 happy multiracial children sitting and standing together on the steps of playground equipment.  There are six girls and four boys of mixed ages from 2 to 8 years old, and of diverse ethnicities, smiling and looking at the camera.
Hi all! I know, long time, no hear. I'm still organizing on behalf of families and about to testify in Sacramento tomorrow for more preschool slots for children. If you live in California, I'd appreciate you adding your name to the petition below -- like I said, I'll be delivering the signatures tomorrow!

With much respect, Elisa

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Just wanted to peek in and say Happy Mother's Day to the moms and non-mom caregivers in this community....

...And bring you some cheer!

MomsRising.org's blog carnival by celebrity writers is up at the Huffington Post, and includes new writers I did not include on Friday, including Pulitzer Prize winning writer and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas and United States Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power.

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Happy Mother's Day! ¡Feliz día de las madres!

Working for a mom organization means that Mother's Day is our busiest time of year. We've got a few fun things cooked up that I thought I would share -- and encourage you to share with the favorite moms of your life!

If you read US, um, I mean, I never would read such a rag! :) -- MomsRising rolled out a series of blog posts by celebrity writers, artists and politicos on "Lessons I learned from my mother." They are short pieces and include a picture of the writer and his or her mother.

The contributors are First Lady Michelle Obama; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Huffington Post Publisher Arianna Huffington; Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls; actresses Mayim Bialik and Fran Drescher; Hollywood screenwriter Alex Tse (Watchmen), and New York Times bestselling authors Alisa Valdes Gandy and Ayelet Waldman.

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Note: the following statement was made by MomsRising's executive director Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. We are a multicultural family advocacy organization with more than a million members across the country.

Together with our partners at the We Belong Together women's coalition, we have compiled and published the stories below the fold by women fasting for fair and just immigration reform. As Hunter noted earlier on the front page, Rep. Boehner is stalling on bringing a vote to the floor, but we are pushing for him to meet with our courageous women fasters. Please sign the MoveOn petition in show of support! Thank you for all that you do for all families in our country, Elisa

"Today, April 8th, 2014 marks the second day of a 48-hour-fast by 100 women who have come together in D.C. to urge our elected leaders to vote on an immigration reform bill that is fair and inclusive of women, children and families. The fast in the "Courage Cafe" tent on 4th and Jefferson in D.C. is part of a nationwide movement by the We Belong Together women's coalition, in which 1,500 women in 35 states fasted in 24-hour increments in the last month.

"Three-quarters of all immigrants to the United States are women and children. 5.5 million children live in mixed status households, which means that they live with the uncertainty of losing their mom or dad any day. Yet, our leaders are stalling, and this is simply unacceptable.

"Below you will read the testimonials by the courageous women who have come together to fast and have traveled to D.C. to hand-deliver messages on hearts to Congress. If you would like to sign your own heart for delivery, fill out this quick form at the We Belong Together website. In addition, you could add your name to this MoveOn petition requesting that Speaker John Boehner meet with the fasters.

"Thank you for all that you do to strengthen families in America!" --Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising.org

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Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 09:07 PM PDT

Women Fast for Immigration Reform: Day 4

by Elisa

Actually, 1,500 women in 35 states have been fasting in 24-hour increments for over a month! Today and tomorrow they are convening in a tent in DC dubbed the "Courage Cafe" to share their stories, write messages on hearts that will be hand-delivered to Congress on Wednesday.

Their message to Congress is clear: have the heart and courage to introduce and pass comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together and is fair and just to women and children, who are 75% of immigrants to the United States. To send your own heart to Congress, add your name and message here!

Below the fold are testimonials by women from across the country who partook in the fast this month. The twitter comments were from a #WomenTogether chat today, in which fasters shared their stories directly from the tent in DC! I know I was teary-eyed and moved...I thought I would share!

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Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:28 PM PDT

Women Fast for Immigration Reform: Day 3

by Elisa

Recap: Considering that three-quarters of immigrants to the United States are women and children, more than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly.

The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Every day this week, MomsRising.org will share stories by the fasters here with the Daily Kos community. To see the first two installment of stories, click here and here. Please show your support for the fasters in the comments section below and sign this MoveOn petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women!

Below the fold are a few testimonials by women in California and Washington state on why they partook in the fast this month. The photo on the right is that of one Pramila Jayapal, founder of the One America immigrant rights group and co-chair of the We Belong Together women's coalition, which is coordinating the nationwide fast.

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Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 08:37 PM PDT

Women Fast for Immigration Reform: Day 2

by Elisa

Recap: Considering that three-quarters of immigrants to the United States are women and children, more than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly.

The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Every day this week, MomsRising.org will share stories by the fasters here with the Daily Kos community. To see the first installment of stories, click here. Please show your support for the fasters in the comments section below and sign this MoveOn petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women!

Below the fold are a few testimonials by women in Missouri, North Carolina and D.C. on why they partook in the fast this month. The photo on the right is of North Carolina faster Beth Messersmith and her daughter.

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Hi all!

Considering that three-quarters of immigrants to the United States are women and children, more than 1,200 women from 70 organizations are fasting in 35 states for immigration reform that keeps families together and treats women fairly.

The month of fasting will culminate April 7-9th when 100 women will fast in DC for 48 hours.

Every day this week, MomsRising.org will share stories by the fasters here with the Daily Kos community. Please show your support for the fasters in the comments section below and sign this MoveOn petition urging Speaker Boehner to meet with these courageous women!

Below the fold are a few testimonials by women in North Carolina, California and D.C. on why they partook in the fast this month.

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Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST

Let's Back These Kids Up!

by Elisa

Three weeks ago, my children wrote letters to Congress asking them to keep families together as part of a campaign highlighting the consequences of our outdated immigration policies. Currently, 5.5 million U.S.-born children in mixed status homes run the risk of being separated from one or both parents.
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I know, long time no hear. I feel guilty for largely lurking and not spending more time with this fabulous community. But as fellow progressives, I thought you would appreciate this campaign on an issue near and dear to my heart: kids speaking out against family separation due to immigration law enforcement. I originally wrote about it at MomsRising.org. Thank you so much! Elisa

Like every other parent out there, the winter holidays are crazy for my husband and me. Holiday shopping, the squirreling away of gifts, meals and decorations occur on top of full-time jobs and a household that includes two children.
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To submit questions or comments, tweet them to #AskEqualPay. Thank you!

Hi all! Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, which was signed by President John F. Kennedy to prohibit pay discrimination based on gender.

Unfortunately, we still do have a pay gap with mothers of color facing the biggest wage penalties. But there is legislation in the pipeline to correct this.

Please join Congresswomen Donna Edwards and Rosa DeLauro, as well as Lilly Ledbetter, MomsRising.org, and the American Association of University Women to discuss this very issue at this Google Hangout. It starts RIGHT NOW at 12 ET and will take place for the next half hour. Thank you!!  

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Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 11:09 AM PDT

NRA Calls Cops on Moms and Kids

by Elisa

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You can see additional photos from moms, kids and allies today advocating for commonsense gun reform here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, police escorted a group of Washington, D.C.-area mothers, children, and families out from their protest at the National Rifle Association’s Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia after the group, led by MomsRising.org, tried to deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures to NRA President David Keene asking the organization to defend families and stand up for common sense gun reform.

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