Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act. It was the first piece of legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law and since then it has been used more than 100 million times by families who need time off to care for themselves or their loved ones. Of course, there is much more we can do to better support families during times of crisis. For one, we can join practically every other nation on earth and offer paid leave and to all workers. Here is a MomsRising.org blog carnival on it. Please leave a comment or two and share on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you, ladies!
Yet, another tragic story having to do with our culture’s obsession with guns and violence. The parents of Hadiya Pendleton have raised $40,000 for the capture of their daughter’s killer, who is still on the run. Pendleton, 15, was gunned down near her Chicago school, just days after she performed with a marching band during President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. My heart breaks for her parents…
In health news: a new report found that 84 percent of fish samples taken from around the world contain unsafe levels of mercury. Considering how much I love seafood — UGH.
For you Californians who are obsessed with In-N-Out like I am — blame that on the book Fast Food Nation — check out this story about it’s owner Lynsi Torres. At 30-years-old, she is the youngest billionaire on the planet.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?