Friday, June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Rules on the Affordable Care Act

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled on whether the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") was constitutional. While they upheld the individual mandate under the taxing powers of Congress, they also, unfortunately, made the Medicaid expansion in the states optional. Many of the red states have already indicated that they will opt-out of this expansion, leaving hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table and millions of their citizens left out to dry.

This fight may be decided, but the battle to make sure that no one in the richest country in the world dies because they cannot access affordable medical care, is not yet won.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

NC Moms Hold a Toxic Free Kids Olympics

Cross-posted from

Last week I joined with other Triangle families down at the North Carolina General Assembly for a “Toxic Free Kids Olympics” in the Children’s Garden. The purpose of the event was to highlight the need for legislation to get harmful chemicals out of the products we buy.

Moms and kids played games like the “Toxic Tub Toy Toss” and “Jumping through hoops to keep your family safe” relay, all in an effort to get legislators to recognize that we need their help. It really hit me while we were playing games how common toxic chemicals are in the products we buy every day. Common plastic tub toys were tossed with tongs from one container into another. In the “find the toxics” under a bucket game, it was surprising to see how many of them I had in my house. We saw common canned foods, a plastic football that’s similar to one my son plays with, and some plastic bowls just like some that I (formerly) used in my kitchen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Toxic Free Kids Olympics (remarks)

We had a great time at the Toxic Free Kids Olympics downtown in the Children's Garden next to the General Assembly. Here are my remarks from the press event:
Thank you all for being here today to stand up for toxic chemicals reform!

MomsRising members have been fighting for a less toxic, healthier environment for our children for a long time, and we welcome the NC Toxic Free Kids Act as an important step for the families of North Carolina. Today our members from across the state applaud Representative Harrison for introducing this bill and we want to say, "Thank you."