Returning to Schools Without Mask and Vaccine Mandates, Moms Must Choose: Their Jobs, or Their Kids’ Health

Despite children under 12 being unable to get vaccinated and the Delta variant surging across the country, most schools are reopening in-person this month, presenting parents with a tough choice—especially in states and localities without mask and vaccine mandates.

Moms—particularly Black and low-income moms—are bearing the brunt.

The Power of Unrestricted Cash: Advocates Call for Permanent Policy to Support Low-Income Families

A permanent child tax credit and guaranteed income would give low-income mothers of color more opportunities to provide for their children without financial stress, and invest in their personal goals.

By getting cash into the hands of people who need it, these policies would make a huge difference for struggling Americans, and would be a step towards creating an economic system that values the lived experiences and unique perspectives of marginalized people.

The American Rescue Plan Act Reveals the Importance of Investing in Reproductive Health Care

Last month, Congress passed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. On top of direct stimulus checks, the Plan also includes funding for schools and childcare, increased child tax credits and rental assistance. But another—frequently overlooked—priority of this bill is expanding access to sexual and reproductive health care across the country.

The Do No Harm Act Can Restore True Religious Freedom

“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a statute designed as a shield to protect religious freedom, is now being used as a sword to cause harm. Our country is strongest when we are all free to believe or not as we see fit, and to practice our faith—without hurting others.”

The Do No Harm Act would provide a much-needed update to religious freedom laws, ensuring that religious beliefs are not an excuse to violate nondiscrimination laws.