National Children’s Mental Health Awareness
This is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-11); Thursday, May 9, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and the President has declared May, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month!
To create awareness and help reduce stigma, take the Stigma Survey and pass it on to those in your community. http://awarenessweek.ffcmh.org/survey.
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health plans to make this a year-long conversation providing “interactive online and in-print awareness materials that will debunk myths and expose the often unspoken stigmas that plague our families, bringing mental health out of the shadows and into our everyday conversations to improve the health of our nation.”
Visit their websites awarenessweek.ffcmh.org and www.ffcmh.org often for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week activity updates. Also check out, http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp
Join us on June 12!
Join us for a reception honoring:
Vince F. Callahan, Jr.
Brian J. Moran
For more details on how you can participate, please click here.
Join with Moms to Curb Gun Violence!
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Today, our friends at the the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence along with its Million Mom March and Brady Chapters, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America, Women's Donor Network, MomsRising, and Voices Against Violence, have joined to participate in the Mother's Day Week of Action. Starting this week, The Brady Campaign and partner groups are asking Americans, particularly mothers, to make their voices heard with their elected officials to support legislation to expand Brady background checks.
Epidemic: Guns kill twice as many kids as cancer does
Most victims of gun violence in 2010 were not on a battlefield or remote hillside in the Middle East fighting in a war. They were, like 6-year-old Brandon Holt, children and teenagers in America, according to the Children's Defense Fund.
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See the Half Page Ad We Ran April 4th in the Janesville Gazette!
Seniors and Kids tell Paul Ryan, Don’t Pick on Us!
Yesterday morning at 10:00 a.m. central time, seniors and parents gathered in Congressman Paul Ryan’s “backyard,” at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, WI, to let him know his budget was good for neither seniors nor kids (nor anyone in between, for that matter).
Congressman Mark Pocan, whose district abuts Ryan’s but whose philosophy couldn’t be further removed, spoke to the crowd, noting that ¾ of the deficit is caused by economic weakness—unemployment and underemployment—and not by social security, medicare, and the other safety net programs threatened by the Ryan budget, saying “We need to get people back to work to solve the budget issues.”
Check back later for more pictures and video!
Sequestration Effects: Cuts Sting Communities Nationwide
The grips of sequestration are just now beginning to be felt and the effects are already quite dramatic.
The Huffington Post set out to do an extensive review of sequestration stories from the past week, with the goal of finding 100. What seemed like a daunting task was completed in hours. No one region of the country has been immune. Rural towns in Alaska, missile test sites in the Marshall Islands, military bases in Virginia, university towns across the country, and housing agencies in inner cities are all beginning to feel the cuts.
Organizations and companies have begun laying off workers, while many more have decided not to staff vacant positions. Schools on military bases are contemplating four-day weekly schedules. Food pantries have closed, as have centers that provide health services. Farmers have been forced to go without milk production information, causing alarm in the dairy industry and the potential of higher milk prices. Workers at missile-testing fields are facing job losses. Federal courts have closed on Fridays. Public Broadcasting transmitters have been shut down. Even luxury cruises are feeling the pinch, with passengers forced to wait hours before debarking because of delays at Customs and Immigration. Yes, sequestration is creating the possibility of another poop cruise.
On the national level, sequestration may be defined by canceled White House tours and long lines at airports that never materialized. But on the local level, it is beginning to sting.
Read the rest of the article at the Huffington Post.
TANF—is it good enough?
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ECM in Maine and New Hampshire Director MaryLou Beaver weighs in with her articles in the Maine and New Hamphire newsletters.
Did you know that childhood poverty costs the United States about $500 billion per year?
One of the important safety net programs for children, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), is set to expire this March and will need to be renewed. TANF benefits, however, are increasingly inadequate to help poor families meet basic needs, like housing, food and utilities.
Greg Kaufmann recently reported in his blog about a top-notch panel of experts at the Center for American Progress (CAP) talking about TANF—“Learning from the Past, Planning for the Future.”
Minimum Wage Hike? We Think It’s a No-Brainer.
Here’s what our New Hampshire and Maine Director MaryLou Beaver wrote on the topic:
A recent poll showed that 73% of voters support raising the minimum wage to $10 — but wealthy and corporate donors aren't as enthusiastic.
A blog by Mijin Cha in Demos states that the President's proposal is to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the cost of living so it automatically adjusts. If anything, the proposed minimum wage is still too low. If the minimum wage had kept up with the rate of inflation, it would now be over $10. Still, Congress hasn’t raised the minimum wage in four years so $9 is an improvement over the current $7.25 and ensuring that it will adjust automatically will bring millions of workers out of poverty.
She goes on to say that raising the minimum wage benefits more than just low-wage workers. When people make more money, they spend more money and businesses benefit. The Economic Policy Institute estimated that raising the minimum wage to $9.80 would actually create jobs because more people could spend more money. Low-wage workers are more likely than any other income group to immediately spend any extra income on previously unaffordable basic needs or services. The increase in consumer spending increases demand, which in turn, results in new hiring.
A map of the current state of minimum wage laws in the states.
Lifting parents out of poverty, lifts kids out of poverty.