Friday, March 30, 2012

How NationBuilder's "Legacy" Function Can Save You a Lot of Time

Cross-posted from

For sites that have a lot of older, outdated content (like blog posts and press releases) NationBuilder has a "Legacy" solution that will keep the pages intact, without you having to go to the trouble of recreating everything.

On NationBuilder, before you shut down your old site, you can do a "Legacy import" that recreates all of the pages and content from your old site in kind of a 'frozen' state (meaning that you can't edit these pages like you would a normal NationBuilder page).

After you bring your URL over to your new NationBuilder site, if someone tries to go to one of your older posts directly, it will still be there. However, it will look exactly like it did on your old site.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MomsRising: An N.C. mom goes to Washington

Last week my son, Ethan, and I had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC, for a press conference with House Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, and an afternoon in the West Wing. As a member of MomsRising, I was among thousands of moms who had shared their family's story about how the Affordable Care Act has impacted their life, and was invited to come and share our story in person.

Ethan was born with a benign, but very harmful, vascular tumor that required chemotherapy. He underwent treatment for the first year of his life, which was followed by nearly a year and a half of developmental therapies. He is now 5 years old and completely healthy. Yet, without the Affordable Care Act, he would still face a lifetime of struggling to get health insurance because of his medical history. Pre-existing conditions can no longer be considered by insurance companies for children’s coverage, which has allowed our family to officially close that chapter in our lives. You can read more about our story here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Photos and Video from Washington DC press conference

Leader Pelosi posted some photos of Ethan and me from the press conference. Unfortunately, mine is mid-word, and I look a bit goofy, but hey - Leader Pelosi posted some photos of us!

Check it out:
Here's the video of the press briefing:


And here are more pictures from our day

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Advocates celebrate 2nd anniversary of Affordable Care Act

Cross-posted from NC Policy Watch.

On the second anniversary of its passage into law, legislative proponents and advocacy groups gathered at the NC General Assembly to discuss the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Felicia Willems of NC MomsRising shared her experience with the new law and spoke of how it improved the quality of life for her family, literally overnight.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Momma grizzlies: Rise up on International Women’s Day!

Mothers are considered to be among the most revered members of our society. Celebrities publicly thank their moms for helping them to achieve their dreams. Politicians wax poetic about valuable childhood lessons bestowed upon them by their mothers. Even female politicians talk about how their motherly instincts give them some sort of special insight into public policy.

“… Moms kinda just know when something’s wrong … I always think of the mamma grizzly bears that rise up on their hind legs when somebody’s coming to attack their cubs, to do something adverse toward their cubs … You don’t wanna mess with the momma grizzlies.” – Sarah Palin

And everyone knows, you never make a joke about someone else’s mom, unless you want to stir up some trouble.