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As a new feature, we're listing some parenting and children's issues that can always use your involvement. If you know of any action groups or events that are coming up either locally or globally, please send information to editor@momtalk.com and we'll post it.

Vote@18: Moms Sign up the Senior Class--from Main Street Moms. This is a nonpartisan national grassroots project whereby mothers (and others) visit classrooms of high school seniors and register them to vote.

It's simple, really. Just like we've always done, we moms help our kids fill out forms. But this time it isn't a permission slip for a school field trip, or even a college application. It's something that we hope they'll use for the rest of their lives.

It's a voter registration form.

Every year, millions of 18-year-olds graduate from high schools across the country. These young adults - our children - are newly eligible to vote. But there is no concerted effort nationwide to register them while they are still in high school and relatively easy to reach as a group. We've got a plan to change that, called Vote@18: Moms Sign up the Senior Class.
The Vote@18 toolkit has everything you need to get started making classroom presentations in your own school community. You can find your school superintendent's name and contact information, download a sample letter to school decision-makers, and set up classroom visits. You can use the script to practice making your presentation to students about the importance of voting. Get voter registration forms and help the kids fill them out. Record your registration results using the toolkit so we know how you're doing!

From The National Partnership for Women and Families

Every day, parents across the country face the dilemma of what to do when their child is sick but they have no time off from work. Do they stay home with their child and risk losing their pay, or their job? Or, do they send their child to school sick?

Unfortunately, staying home is not an option for the 86 million working Americans who do not have a single paid sick day to use to care for a sick child. As a result, children are often sent to school sick-delaying recovery time and spreading illness.

Most people agree that a sick child should be cared for by a parent or responsible adult whenever possible, and that all children are best protected when sick kids stay home. Most people also prefer that co-workers stay home when they're sick. Yet, nearly 1 in 2 workers in this country have NO paid sick days.

Not a single state is doing all it should to guarantee paid sick leave to employees, according to the most comprehensive analysis ever of the laws and regulations governing paid sick leave in the United States. States and the federal government are doing a poor job of ensuring that workers can use paid sick days to care for ailing children and other relatives, and of governing private sector policies. As a result, millions of American workers must choose between their paycheck and recovery each time they get the flu, break a bone, or need to care for an ailing child, spouse or parent.

The National Partnership for Women & Families has a sick days petition you can sign here

MomsRising releases Motherhood Manifesto DVD
The Motherhood Manifesto DVD, a companion film to the Motherhood Manifesto book by Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, is now available for supporters who would like to plan house parties or viewings in their communities.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, The Motherhood Manifesto shows dramatically just how far behind all other industrial countries the United States lags in its support for families. Prominent experts including Karen Kornbluh, Joan Williams, Janet Gornick, Jody Heymann and NOW's Kim Gandy make the case that America can do much better.

The documentary was produced by longtime PBS veteran John de Graaf and NOVA producer/director Laura Pacheco and photographed by five-time Emmy winner Diana Wilmar. Executive Producer: Joan Blades. The DVD is being sold at cost and is available singly and in packs of five. For more information, please visit the MomsRising web site.

NOW Mothers & Caregivers Economic Rights Agenda
NOW coined the slogan "Every Mother is a Working Mother" decades ago, and is continuing the fight for economic justice for mothers and others who do the caring work of our society. The national NOW web site offers overview information, a mothers and caregivers economic rights policy agenda, and regularly updated action issues.
NOW Mothers & Caregivers Economic Rights
A Feminist Future: Policy and Program Goals for Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights

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