Child Poverty

The near passage of the Criminal Justice Reform bill in Massachusetts marks a major shift towards a progressive penitentiary system. With an impressive 27-10 vote in favor of the bill, Massachusetts is taking the necessary steps for a brighter future. The repeal of mandatory sentences for minor drug offenses helps avoid dealing out unnecessary charges towards mothers and fathers of poorer communities. Oftentimes, the issue with drug-related sentences arises when law enforcement target lower class communities– communities primarily comprised of read more…

Posted: December 23, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

Reforming the criminal justice system is a concern at the forefront of many activists’ minds. Since its creation, the American criminal justice system has broken up countless families through its harsh sentencings for relatively minor transgressions. There are generations of mothers and fathers, imprisoned for their transgressions against the law. Oftentimes these mothers and fathers belong to minority communities. Whether intentional or unintentional, there is a trend in the population of the incarcerated. The NAACP details the racial disparities in read more…

Posted: November 14, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Criminal Justice Reform

The refundable taxes paid by the Additional Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit are essential for our nation’s parents earning the minimum wage. All of our parents must be able to pay for the healthy start that our children need. Huge subsidies exist for large businesses, yet many of these businesses pay salaries that are not a living wage. This is why refundable taxes are essential. The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was enacted in 1997 with bipartisan support. This is read more…

Posted: October 30, 2017 in: Child Poverty, Childcare

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: Child Health Care, Child Poverty

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

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 Health Care, Child Poverty, 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 Health Care, Child Poverty

The government is a lousy parent. Pro-life Republicans have enacted laws restricting birth control and abortion. Pro-life folks believe that the fetus and its beginnings are sacred. Their concern stops there. They do not care about nurturing a baby, a toddler or raising a child. Many believe that the fetus is sacred, but the baby is born for a life sin and suffering.   This allows the republicans in certain states to legislate when birth should occur and to cut read more…

Repealing CHIP and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a Medicaid block grant will ration health care, and limit those covered. Nearly 30 million will lose CHIP and Medicaid health insurance. CHIP covers around 8 million children. Expanded Medicaid covers 20 million more people. Tell your federal legislator “Do not change Medicaid into a block grant. Health insurance for all really matters.” Stay in close touch with your Congresswo(men).   Enter 520-200-2223 on your cell and receive your Congressswo(men’s)phone numbers. Here is read more…

Posted: February 7, 2017 in: Action Alerts, Child Health Care, Child Poverty


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