How Mamis Can Make a Difference

Here I am at the end of the year pondering the importance of the work that MomsRising does. And pondering how this organization has changed me in so many ways. I am inspired daily by my colleagues and the work that we do. I never realized how fulfilling this work could be. Never understood the importance of my voice in advocacy work. As we prepare to say goodbye to 2014, I hope that you would consider making a year-end donation to the cause. Can you give $2.01 or $20.14? How about $201.40? Do you have the pockets to throw in $2,014? I'm playing with 2014 but any amount will help.

Despite all the political polarization in the country, moms are bringing people together to make real wins for families. If you are not familiar with MomsRising, I invite you to scroll below and read about the 26 victories that were made possible by the moms from around the country (one of the pictures might look familiar ;-) ).

I'm sure at least one of them will resonate with you. If it does, I hope you will consider clicking this link to make a donation by December 31st to support our efforts as we have a matching grant for this end of year period.

Mamis like us (and those that love us) CAN and DO make a difference. And we are all the better for it.
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(post originally published on MomsRising.org. Written by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner)

26 Inspiring Victories YOU Made Possible in 2014!

Wow.

When I step back from the day-to-day campaigning we do here at MomsRising, and look back at all this movement has accomplished in 2014, I am blown away.

Together we achieved historic wins for families, from fair pay and paid sick days to affordable health coverage and gun safety. These wins mean everything to moms struggling to earn enough, to keep our families healthy, to find affordable childcare, to be there after a new baby arrives or a child is sick, and to protect our children from gun violence and racial injustice.

You’re a force for motherhood and families everywhere! You’re a million members strong making real, positive changes for families, from city halls across the nation to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
 
I hope you feel proud of these 2014 victories. You made it all happen.
 
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. 

*Scroll down for more details on (and pictures of!) our wins together…

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4 Wins for Fair Pay for Women & Moms

Thanks to the tireless advocacy of MomsRising supporters like you, we won passage of two Executive Orders that advance fair pay for women and people of color. These orders prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation, and require contractor pay to be more transparent.

These Executive Orders help the 26 million people in America who work for federal contractors—over 20 percent of the entire U.S. workforce!

In an acknowledgement of MomsRising's work on these issues, we were invited to stand with President Obama as he signed these Orders!

More good news on the fair pay front – the voices of MomsRising also helped win an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. PLUS we helped win a raise in the minimum wage for Maryland, Seattle, and other workers across the nation.

13 Wins for Paid Sick Days

Your MomsRising movement continued to win paid sick day victories in states and cities across the nation in 2014. 

MomsRising volunteers were excited to win new paid sick days legislation in the state of Massachusetts;  Eugene, Oregon; Oakland, California; San Diego, California; the state of California; and the New Jersey cities of Trenton, Montclair, Passaic, Paterson, East Orange and Irvington. We also helped win expansion of paid sick days in New York City and Washington, DC.

HUGE Win for Affordable Health Coverage

When decision-makers need to mobilize, activate and educate moms and families throughout the nation, they turn to MomsRising. Our full-court press, powered by thousands of grassroots volunteers, helped us educate more than 1 million people about access to affordable healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Our leaders are listening. Your mom healthcare stories were featured at events with President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Sebelius, on the news, and more.

Families are finally getting the affordable health coverage they need and deserve – without lifetime limits, without bans for pre-existing conditions, and without steep fees for preventive care.

A Delicious Win for Healthy School Food

You spoke. The USDA heard. Junk food sold in schools is on the way out.

We’re thrilled to report that, thanks to a surge in comments by MomsRising supporters and partner organizations, the USDA finalized much-improved nutritional standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools.  Plus now more than 90% of elementary, middle, and high schools are in compliance with the new, higher nutrition standards for school lunches.

BONUS: The new rules ban junk food advertising in schools, too!

5 Wins for Common Sense Gun Safety

Gun safety battles are some of the toughest we face.  Thanks to advocates like you, we successfully pressured lawmakers to not be "cowed by the gun lobby" and pass bills that keep guns away from domestic abusers in 3 states - Wisconsin, Washington, and Minnesota.

And in North Carolina, a massive outcry from MomsRising supporters and partner organizations helped uphold a ban on guns in the North Carolina State Fair.

Last but not least, we helped gain the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General after the National Rifle Association opposed his nomination simply because Dr. Murthy stated the obvious, along with many other medical associations, by noting that gun violence is a public health issue.

 The work we do to achieve these victories takes enormous resources, and we can’t continue to win without you. In 2015, we’ll need you more than ever. Please consider a year-end contribution to help MomsRising today. The next great victory for moms and families awaits your investment!

Help us keep the victories going in 2015!

Here again is the link to donate.

Thank you!