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The gun violence that happened in Las Vegas could have been prevented. U. S. Gun violence results in 17,000+ American children and teens being shot each year. 46 youths are shot daily resulting in 7 deaths.  We can curb gun violence.  People who are not “dangerous” can own guns. Why should we allow gun sales to people who want to injure or kill us? This is frustrating, but some progress has occurred. The Brady Bill was signed into law in 1993. This law requires read more…

Posted: October 15, 2017 in: Uncategorized

Bad News: Tell your Senator this week what you think about the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. This bill would: (from CREDO).  End employer-provided health coverage for many Americans. Eliminate subsidies that help middle- and low-income people purchase health plans. Dramatically cut funding to support states’ Medicaid costs and allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries, an attack that could leave millions of people with disabilities and low-income families without health coverage. Give states the power to remove more expensive health services read more…

Posted: September 20, 2017 in: Uncategorized

The immigration issue in the United States is a serious concern, both for the undocumented immigrants who are being deported, and for their citizen children. Approximately 4.1 million U.S. children have parents/guardians who are undocumented immigrants.  Not only does deportation divide families, it also can severely impact a child’s mental health. Citizen children whose family are split up by force have a high probability of having PTSD. Those who anticipate and fear deportation are more likely to develop anxiety and depression. read more…

Posted: September 19, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Childcare

  Promise The Children is a non-profit, charitable organization that was initiated by the UU Service Committee  20 years ago. Promise is now a “related organization” to the UUA. Our goal is to promote the healthy development of all U.S. children. We focus on children from their birth through early grade school.   Job Description We are hiring a part-time Program Director for 6 hours weekly to manage our social media program. In particular, this job includes expanding our  Twitter read more…

Posted: August 29, 2017 in: General

Mothers and grandparents aren’t always the only family members in a child’s life. Fathers, siblings, and other such family members can all help play a role in the development of a child. In certain family structures, fathers aren’t as frequently encouraged to spend time with their children compared to mothers. However, the influence of a strong father-child relationship can be long-lasting on the child’s development . A caring relationship will allow the father to better understand the child’s forming abilities and read more…

Posted: August 25, 2017 in: Childcare

Some families who are unable to afford paying for daycare programs seek a more traditional alternative. In many cultures, grandparents live in the same home as the family unit and take care of the children when the parents are at work. Grandparents are convenient babysitters because of their familiarity with the children and the family. Often times, grandparents who are retired will have time to dedicate to taking care of children. This role also allows them to keep themselves occupied, read more…

Posted: August 25, 2017 in: Childcare

The Working Families Flexibility Act Is Harmful Consider opposing our national  “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180 / S. 801). This act allows for an agreement between workers and their employers to choose paid time off, instead of overtime pay as compensation for working more than 40 hours in a week. However employers can veto employees’ requests to use accrued comp time when they feel the employee’s absence will “unduly disrupt” the employer’s business. This includes urgent requests such as caring read more…

Posted: April 27, 2017 in: Action Alerts, General

Please contact your legislators locally before April 23rd. Congress is recessed from April 8th to April 23. Phone or email him/her, or send a post card locally. Attend a local meeting with your legislator, if possible. Half of our families earn the median income or less (about $50,000 annually). This is not enough to pay for basic needs. The President’s budget subsidizes childcare for those with high salaries, but leaves those struggling financially with no support.  Also,the republicans talk of read more…

Posted: April 12, 2017 in: Child Hunger, Child Poverty, Preschool

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, said Frederick Douglas more than 150 years ago. Today he would add women. He would know that children are born with millions of disconnected brain cells and that most cells connect in the first five years of life. These connections don’t just happen. The full attention of parents, teachers, and caretakers is required so the infant can become a strong child who can cope with kindergarten and beyond. U.S. read more…

Posted: March 29, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Health Insurance, Preschool

Tell our congress, “don’t cut access to health care for all by shifting the burden of providing Medicaid health care for the poor back to the states”. This is not a viable option.You can sign a letter to congress from Mom’s Rising  here: Or you can ask that a post card be sent to your Senator by clicking here. At present the costs of the Medicaid program are shared between the federal government and the states. The amount of funding a read more…

Posted: March 21, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Child Poverty, Health Insurance


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