Activistas are thinking about change in the New Year
All this time off has us blogging overtime (when we're not writing late holiday cards or cleaning up after the visiting tazmanian devil 1-year old, that is). Here are a few recent topics to get your inner activist in shape for 2010 (it may be the only part of me that's in shape!):
- Breastfeeding support for African-American mothers. I spent a whole 10 minutes in the car today (thank you, God) and fortuitously caught this excellent All Things Considered piece on the effort underway to boost the number of African-American mothers who breastfeed.
- EWG's '10 Americans' video a toxic eye-opener. If you're gonna sit around and stare at your computer screen in a cookie coma or in a quiet office this holiday, watch this one to get the skinny on the toxic chemicals in our babies' teeny bodies. Not exactly uplifting, but important (and Ken makes it even a little humorous).
- Move over Goodwill, I'm going to the Community Warehouse. It's not that I don't love Goodwill. Far from it, in fact. Its convenient drop-offs on seemingly every corner appeal to me, because an out-of-the-way trip is really not welcome. But I've learned that sometimes an out-of-the-way trip can be well worth it.
- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA) answers Moms Rising's health care questions - on You Tube! She answers questions about the CHiP program, when changes would take effect, and how the bill would help working mothers who don't get health care through their employers.
- 'Tis the season for a non-toxic kitchen. No time like the holidays to add something to your list, right? But...if you're hosting holiday meals at your house, might as well spare the guests all those toxic chemicals. Plus, it'll help you meet that new year's resolution to make your house a place of environmental health, instead of a toxic minefield.
- Bad work policies for mothers, by the numbers. According to Jody Heymann, who co-authored the recent (important) report "Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth That We Cant Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone," the U.S. is an outlier. Now, before you roll your eyes and say, "Tell me something I don't know," read on.
- Moms Rising takes on Walmart: Join 'em. Ever feel compelled to head to work when you should be home with your sick child? Like you're making decisions about handling your child's illness based on the demands of your work? Honestly, what parent doesn't? But in the case of Walmart employees...
- I don't want your chemicals in my womb. When I read that there are 100s of toxic chemicals in human cord blood (including BPA), I feel a little sick. And when I read that there are 100s f toxic chemicals in pregnant women's blood, I feel a little sicker.