I am dedicating my last blog of 2008 to an issue that I care deeply about: children's healthcare. Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, organizer for the nonprofit organization MomsRising.org sent out this e-mail today and I couldn't agree with her more... and that is why I'm quoting her text verbatim:
In my nine-year-old daughter's letter to Santa this year she wrote: "Dear Mr. Claus, I know you are extremely busy this year, but I was hoping that you could give healthcare to all kids as one of my x-mas presents. I'm sorry if I'm asking for too much." (Evidently I take my work home with me!)
There wasn't a wrapped present under the White House tree this year with healthcare coverage for all kids, however… it's not too much to hope for in the next year. President-Elect Obama has vowed to fight for healthcare as well as for other family economic security policies like early learning/childcare opportunities, fair pay, paid sick days, family leave, and flexible work options.
In order to make this happen, the voices of mothers and families are needed. Why? Prior to the election, Obama was quoted as saying: "If lightning strikes and I get elected, I will need a movement at my back, or I won't be able to accomplish anything." MomsRising is just that kind of movement. Yet with the current economic crisis it's harder than ever for non-profits like MomsRising to raise the funds that are need to keep building the movement to make this happen.
*Can you please donate $10, $25, $50, $100, or $250 now to MomsRising? Your donation will help build a strong movement to push important family economic security policies toward the finish line.
Online donations can be made at http://www.momsrising.org/TogetherWeCan
Happy New Year, everyone.