Government

Support The Diaper Act

As you may know from reading this blog, one of my favorite charities is Help A Mother Out. Their work is very straightforward: get diapers and wipes to families who desperately need them. It's that simple.

HAMO is now working to get signatures for The Diaper Act to pass through Congress. Here are more details about the act from HAMO's website:

Today is the day to make a difference with families who cannot access childcare due to lack of diapers.

  • The DIAPER Act asks for NO additional federal funding
  • Lack of diapers can result in (1) major health consequences and (2) a barrier to employment
  • If Congress enacts the DIAPER ACT, eligible child care centers would have the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients.

Please sign this petition to Members of Congress (House of Representatives and Senators) and ask them to join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and co-sponsor the “Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (“DIAPER”) Act.”

 


If you can't see the "Sign the petition" widget in this blog post please CLICK HERE to go to HAMO's website to sign the petition. Thanks!

Purpose of the legislation: To increase access to child care and relieve economic strain on families who cannot otherwise afford sufficient diapers for their children by amending the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide diapers and diapering supplies to families in need through child care providers. There is no increase in appropriation (i.e., no ask for additional federal funds) required for this legislation. Scroll down to bottom of page for detailed documentation.

Quick links:

The Diaper Difference Coalition

Talking Points: https://www.scribd.com/doc/67609495/DIAPER-Act-Talking-Points

The Diaper Act: https://www.scribd.com/doc/67609472/The-DIAPER-Act

Diaper Act description: https://www.scribd.com/doc/67609487/DIAPER-ACT-One-Pager-091611

Thank you for taking time to read about this important legislation!


As Gerald Ford Once Said...


"Our long national nightmare is over."


President Bush will be leaving soon. Thank the gods. I'm sorry it took us idiots four years longer to do it, but I'm thankful we have an inspiring person like Obama in office instead of John Kerry. 

But all the good news on the national front is tempered by the state of California which voted to ban gay marriage, which the supreme court of California had ruled was unconstitutional. Now we have overturned that decision. Unbelievably infuriating. Though if you live in California you know how very conservative it actually is. Sad sad sad. I hope someone will be filing a lawsuit against prop 8 soon.

But back to the good news.  Here's a lolpol for you:
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VOTED!


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The pancakes did the trick and my voting is done. It was nice to hear that my polling place has been very busy all morning.

On B.LA Mr. Markland posted a poll (very informal and unscientific) on all the candidates and propositions on the ballot today. People commented about voting and fellow blogger Wil wrote this which I'm borrowing:

I voted for Obama.

This is why: "When I am this party's nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq; or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran; or that I supported Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don't like. And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it is ok for America to torture -- because it is never ok... I will end the war in Iraq... I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century: nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, "You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now."