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Activistas in August

ActA Badge 2Maybe it's the garage sale on Saturday, or the health care debate, or the effort to ban BPA in California.  Or, to be perfectly honest, after a little summer vacay we're itchin' to DO something, make some changes, protest!  Whatever the reason, we're feeling active over on Activistas this month, and have been talking about:

  • PPS community care day on Saturday, 8.29.  Every year community volunteers spruce up Portland Public Schools (PPS) all over town right before school reopens in the fall  - with your help!  This year, volunteers are gathering from 9 till noon on Saturday, August 29th to beautify our more than 80 schools.
  • Heck no!  We won't pump in the potty. A couple months ago we highlighted the the 2009 Breastfeeding Promotion Act.  We tip our breastpumps to our very own Senator Jeff Merkeley for championing this cause and introducing this act that will give moms all across the country the right to work and pump.
  • Let's talk to our US Senators about health care reform.  Who else is gonna tell them what we think?  We, along with other members of MomsRising (because - of course - we're members too), are meeting with Senator Jeff Merkley's staff to discuss what we think families need from health care reform.  Join us on Friday, 8.28!!
  • What happened to healthy camp snacks?  My son joined one of his best friends at summer day camp a couple weeks this year for the first time, to help fill the gap between school years. We were instructed to bring a lunch, water bottle and sunscreen which all seemed appropriate for a full day away from home.
  • Activistas featured in Ms. Magazine!  We're featured in an article in this month's Ms. Magazine about political mom blogs.  You can read an excerpt of the article here - or pick up the magazine for the full version.

And last but not least, if you're a solid writer and a parent activist and have it in you to publicly take a stand on the issues we cover (toxics, education, healthcare, work-family policy, breastfeeding, yada yada), get in touch.  We love guest authors. 

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