Tag Archives: Children’s Issues
Michelle Obama with Elmo and a basket of fruit and vegetables with faces

First Lady Fights Childhood Obesity

Building on the expansion of school meals programs, First Lady Michelle Obama announced new school wellness plans and food marketing regulations for our nation’s schools. Beyond the First Lady’s announcement, it’s been a busy week in the fight to end child obesity–a new report found a surprising 43% decline in obesity among 2-5 year old children in America over the last eight years. Read more…

Oppose Harmful Vouchers Legislation in Congress

During School Choice Week in January, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced two bills that would transform the public education system as we know it. By privatizing a majority of funds for public schools, The Scholarships for Kids Act (S. 1968/H.R. 4000) and The Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education Act (S. 1909) (or the “CHOICE Act”) would together turn a significant amount of federal education funds into vouchers.

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Halting Another Polio Crisis

In 2002, there were 1,600 polio cases in India.  In 2009, there were 741, nearly half of the world’s cases.  On January 13, 2014, India celebrated its third consecutive year of being polio-free.  This momentous accomplishment was marked throughout the worldRead more…

Double Booked: “Distressed Babies” and the Obligation of Care

The media-verse is abuzz with discussions on a variety of working families issues in the wake of recent comments by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong about employee benefits.

Armstrong organized a company-wide conference call for his employees to explain why AOL had decided to scale-back employer-matching contributions on its 401(k) program, and he explained that healthcare costs in particular were responsible for the decision. A very specific reference to “distressed babies” has ignited a firestorm of debate on health care insurance coverage, the high costs of neonatal care, employer-employee privacy (most AOL employees were easily able to identify the parents of the babies mentioned), and insensitivity to working parents, among myriad other issues. The mother of one of the aforementioned “distressed babies” penned a response article in Slate, where she explained:

Yes, we had a preemie in intensive care. This was certainly not our intention. While he’s at it, why not call out the women who got cancer? The parents of kids with asthma? These rank among the nation’s most expensive medical conditions. Would anyone dare to single out these people for simply availing themselves of their health benefits?

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National Freedom Day

February 1st is National Freedom Day, an opportunity to reflect on the travesty that is human trafficking, as well as a time to rededicate ourselves to expunging this widespread violation of human rights and dignity. On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Thirteenth Amendment into law – the constitutional amendment that ended slavery in the United States. National Freedom Day concludes the month of January, which was proclaimed as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month and this date also aligns with the Super Bowl – the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States each year.

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Infographic displaying the price of milk now ($3.65) and the price if we go over the dairy cliff ($6-$8)

The Dairy Cliff Approaches!

You might have hoped Congress was done with different cliffs to send us over—sadly this is not the case. Without an agreement on the Farm Bill by the end of the year, Congress and the nation will go over the “dairy cliff” on January 1st. Read more…

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Protect the Vulnerable During the Holidays: American Indians and Alaska Natives at Risk

American Indians and Alaska Natives have signed a vast number of treaties with the federal government, which  broadly exchanged American Indian land for the promises of healthcare and education from the federal government. While these two contractually obligated services are underfunded in good years, the impact of sequestration on these programs is devastating, unfairly putting the burden of the deficit on American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read more…

Young Girl Eating Seemingly at a Food Bank

Protect the Vulnerable During the Holidays: Children at Risk

This post is the third in a series highlighting the effects of sequestration cuts and potential funding cuts that could come out of congressional conferences in the next few weeks. Read about the effects of these cuts on women here and on seniors here.

Children are arguably the most vulnerable population in the United States; legally unable to work, vote or travel independently, they are completely reliant on others for their basic needs. While we have touched on how sequestration has affected the individuals that children rely on, many programs impacted by sequestration will directly target our nations’ children. Read more…

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