Activistas: What's going on?
- Is there a strong case against breastfeeding? Maybe you've already seen Hanna Rosin's article in The Atlantic entitled "The Case Against Breastfeeding"? The author, a mother of three, tries to build an argument about there being only unproven benefits to breastfeeding.
- Standardized testing: Love it or leave it? Have your say. There's nothing like the topic of standardized testing to get us Portlanders up in arms. Oregon has run the gamut with testing in the past - remember those CIM and CAM tests, anyone?
- OEC in Salem to make our products safer. If you missed OEC's lobby day in Salem for the Children's Safe Products Act OF 2009, check out this quick video of the event. I'm pretty glad they're working so hard to keep toxic chemicals off our shelves and out of our bodies. You?
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics issues toxic tub report. So I'm not too happy that our bubble bath might contain formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane. Not happy at all. I'm not surprised, either. Neither chemical is good for you - in fact, both are probable carcinogens - and both can be easily removed from these products.
- Support paid family leave for all federal employees: Email your representatives today! Thanks to Moms Rising for letting us know that this bill is back in action. We were all excited back in 2008 when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives, but now it sounds truly possible.
- And, last but not least, Parents for Paid Leave wants you to know that there will soon be a hearing in Salem on the proposed Oregon paid family leave insurance program. We need to pack the hearing room! Bring your kids! Tell your friends! Carpool to Salem! The tentative date is Wednesday 4/3 @ 3 PM. Ideal? Of course not. But neither is unpaid family leave. Be there, mamas. Your presence will speak volumes.