All Posts for May 2017

No Child Should Go Hungry!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

I featured momsrising.org on Mother’s Day. Here is one of their petitions that I think fits with my philosophy for Menupause, that is feeding the hungry good food.
Thanx to my friend Honey for sending this.

And part of my Earth Day, Every Day philosophy is taking care that no one goes hungry when there is plenty of food on the planet. Mother Nature provides and the government should not take away what she provides. Having enough food is a right, not a privilege.

 

I’ll be totally honest with you:

The language I used upon learning that Donald Trump is proposing an $193 billion cut to SNAP (food stamps) was not exactly child-friendly. [1] Trump’s proposal puts at risk the 40 million people, especially children and the elderly, that rely on SNAP to put food on the table. [2] This hurts people and our economy alike!

Well, I’ve yelled into pillows. I’ve shaken my fist in the air. I’ve taken a number of deep breaths. And now I’m ready to take action!

***Join me in telling Congress to immediately reject Trump’s proposal to massively slash SNAP and instead protect the program for hungry children and families! 

Here’s what’s going on: Last week Donald Trump proposed his full national budget and it includes a massive cut—more than 25%!— to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would  reduce benefits for hundred of thousands families and shift the cost to our already financially stretched states and hurt our economy. The unemployed, the elderly, and our low-income working families would bear the brunt of these cuts. [3]

In addition, Trump wants to create an extreme barrier to accessing the program by requiring some SNAP recipients be employed. The fact is that when you lose your job you are most at risk for hunger, and over half of households with children receiving SNAP already have at least one working adult in the family. [4] Trump creates this needless barrier, but doesn’t offer up any funding for job training or job creation. Many families are still struggling to recover from the recession and loss of jobs in their communities and SNAP is the only thing keeping them out of poverty or from falling deeper into poverty. This proposal is callous, heartless, and careless. It will hurt our families AND our economy.

Since its bipartisan origin, SNAP has operated as a national program with benefits paid by the federal government—a structure that was intended to address the enormous disparity in hunger and poverty across states and provide adequate resources in times of economic trouble. If Trump gets his way, states will suffer a budget crisis attempting to pick up the costs, and many of them will fail doing so, meaning our hungry families will sink deeper into poverty, be unable to put food on the table, and our economy will suffer.

But we have time to stop this! Trump’s budget is only a recommendation. It’s up to the U.S. Congress to pass the final budget and they must say no to this atrocious cut to SNAP.

**Sign our letter to Congress now and tell them to immediately reject Trump’s budget and his plans to slash SNAP! 

The reason this is so careless is we know SNAP works! SNAP lifts up the most vulnerable among us. 70% of SNAP participants are in families with children (and over half of those families have at least one adult in the household working). [4,5] SNAP helps parents work, promotes healthy eating, and responds quickly to disasters and crisis like a hurricane or an economic downturn.

Moreover, lifts the economy. The USDA has found that SNAP is a key public program, which also serves as an economic stimulus, creating an economic boost that ripples through the economy when new SNAP benefits are redeemed. [6] Children who receive SNAP do better educationally, have better health outcomes and grow up to be better workers and are better able to contribute to our economy.

We need YOU to speak out and tell Congress to boost our families and boost our economy!

**Sign our letter now and tell Congress to reject Trump’s cuts to SNAP: 

SNAP has helped millions of families for decades. Trump’s budget will make our families hungrier, sicker, and poorer if it’s allowed to be passed into law. Luckily, we have time to make our voices heard and let our Senators and Representatives know that this is not ok with moms, dads, and concerned voters! After you take action, we would love if you would forward this email to your friends and family and post our action link on Facebook and Twitter so we can get as many people as possible to speak out!

Together we are a force to be reckoned with! Together we will protect our children and families!

-Elyssa, Karen, Monifa, Donna, Kristin and the MomsRising.org team

P.S. Your stories matter! When you share your story we share them with our elected leaders on Capitol Hill and they make a huge difference. Just last week D.C. mom Jessica testified before a caucus in the House of Representatives after sharing her story with MomsRising. So will you take a few seconds to share your thoughts and experiences with SNAP with us? http://action.momsrising.org/survey/SNAPStory/?t=11&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[1] Sergio Hernandez. “Trump is proposing massive cuts to food stamps. His voters might not like that.” CNN, May 22, 2017. http://action.momsrising.org/go/29733?t=13&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[2] Brynne Keith-Jennings and Vincent Palacios. “SNAP Helps Millions of Low-Wage Workers.” CBPP, May 10, 2017. http://action.momsrising.org/go/29734?t=15&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[3] Stacy Dean. “President’s Budget Would Shift Substantial Costs to States and Cut Food Assistance for Millions.” CBPP, May 23, 2017. http://action.momsrising.org/go/29758?t=17&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[4, 6] Maria Godoy and Allison Aubrey. “Trump Wants Families On Food Stamps to Get Jobs. The Majority Already Work.” NPR, May 24, 2017. http://action.momsrising.org/go/29769?t=19&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[5] CBPP. “Policy Basics: Introduction to SNAP.” March 24, 2016. http://action.momsrising.org/go/29770?t=21&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ

[7] SNAPtoHealth.com. https://action.momsrising.org/go/29771?t=23&akid=9208.2418790.aRYiZQ


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A Dog’s Purpose: The Movie

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Over the weekend we visited friends who had a library copy of the DVD of A Dog’s Purpose. It was not a movie I had really planned to see because the title didn’t grab me.  Also, I am more of a cat lover than a dog lover, although I love all animals in general, especially giraffes! But I’m glad we watched it in the comfort of our friends’ couch.

I was more than pleasantly surprised with the movie. It was entertaining as well as inspiring, embracing the concepts of loyalty, happiness, love, and other emotions that we as humans experience and that the dog in the movie expressed as the narrator. In several incarnations, the dog, Bailey, interacts with all his owners and tries very hard to keep them happy. His owners are regular people who love the dog, who is a different breed in every substory, and their interactions tell the observer as much about dogs as about humans.

I came away with the question for myself: What is my purpose here on planet Earth? I came up with three interrelated thoughts:

  1. One main purpose for my existence is to find joy and fulfillment in everyday events. The event could simply be going to a  garden where the plants and flowers beautify my life or as important as visiting or taking care of someone I love who has been hospitalized.
  2. Another purpose is to do what I love and trust that in so doing, I am making a difference in the lives of others I reach. For example, I write on my blog/website because I love to write and in so doing, I trust I am reaching at least one person who finds something worthwhile in the posting.
  3. Finally,  I believe in the Hebrew concept Tikkun Olam, which means Repair of the World. By helping others and taking care of the planet ecologically, for example, by my posts of Earth Day, Every Day, I am hopefully helping to make the world a better place.

These three purposes are interrelated because if I focus on “repair of the world” by doing what I love, that will bring me joy as well as hopefully be helpful to others. It seems quite simple when I break it down to these three concepts.

In sum, the movie is worth seeing, even thought-provoking in its storyline, while at the same time entertaining without sordid sex, heavy violence, or crude language. It is actually a family movie. Don’t miss it! I think you will come away feeling inspired by the author’s words. (It is also a book by Bruce Cameron.) Wikipedia calls it a comedy-drama, but I would rather label it as an inspirational story for all ages.

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