About Elisa

I am a journalist and online organizer who is the co-publisher of this blog. When I am not online, I am shuttling around my two kids, an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

National Geographic Magazine published an insightful and depressing article on hunger in the United States. It cited a cut in food stamp — aka “SNAP” benefits — and falling wages for food insecure households in the U.S. This is a must-read.

Now onto another epidemic in this country: stress. As someone who is always “on” — working, tending to the kids, working out (at the crack of dawn), cooking or doing other household chores — this medium article by a fellow progressive activist really spoke to me.

There was never a clear diagnosis. It’s possible I’ve been suffering from adrenal fatigue, and with the major diet adjustments (I don’t eat sugar, wheat, or dairy, to name a few), my condition has dramatically improved. A lot of what I’ve learned was through food journaling and trial and error. Being a half-baked scientist, I’ve found a a few tips that have helped restore me, and are backed up by science as well. Paying attention to these tips after stressful projects or after a conference can help aid in bouncing back from fatigue, and often even out mood as well. They’re my own ‘field notes’, so your mileage my vary. Always consult with your doctor or nutritionist, of course.

Instinctually, I too, like coconut milk in my coffee, eat a lot of banana and potatoes (potassium), drink a lot of water, and love anything with lavender in it. In fact, when I am most stressed, I drink a lavender chamomile tea before I go to bed.

What are your anti-stress go-to foods and remedies? What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I am back from Netroots Nation and am preparing to leave on a family vacation (again). This time we are headed to El Salvador and New Hampshire to visit family.

Can anyone — or multiple folks — “blog sit” while I am gone? Basically it would entail updating the mother site the following dates:

Monday, July 28
Wednesday, July 30
Friday, August 1
Monday, August 4
Wednesday, August 6
Friday, August 8
Monday, August 11

I’ll be back on Tuesday, August 12. Speaking of, where did the summer go? I can’t believe we are already at the end of July!

What’s on your mind today?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

ICYMI, our Erika celebrated a birthday yesterday. I realized that she is a year away from 40. Girl, how will we celebrate? An international trip?

I need some ideas here, ladies. How did you celebrate your 40th birthday?

I am in Detroit right now — for the first time! — at the annual Netroots Nation Convention. Every year, the conference grows bigger and becomes more diverse. I’ve been to all them since 2006, and I am still inspired by new people joining the movement.

Yesterday I attended a panel focused on paid sick days and fair pay for women called “Solidarity, the Original Way to ‘Lean In’”. I was incredibly moved by Girshriela Green, a former Wal-Mart employee who is now an organizer with Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart. It was her first panel, and she was incredibly articulate, warm and engaging. I went up to her at the end, and let her know that, I too, at one point worked as a Wal-Mart associate, and in no way, had I ever considered organizing or speaking out on worker rights. That is one mama with cojones! Incredible.

In non-Netroots Nation news: it has been determined that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that crashed in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine was shot down, according to CNN. I pray that the victims’ families are able to get answers — what a horrible situation.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Will you be at Netroots Nation? If so, I hope to see you there! Here’s what I have going on:

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 am to 11:45 am, “Solidarity, The Original ‘Lean In’: Women Are Owning Power”, Rm 140AB

Friday, July 18, 11 am to 12:15 pm, “Hunger First: The Importance of Food Security in Detroit”, Rm 140D

Friday, July 18, 3 pm to 4:15 pm, “Parents Caucus”, Rm 356. Please note: I will be moderating, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

Saturday, July 19, 5 pm to 8 pm, Special Dinner Sponsored by MomsRising. This should be a lovely evening, please join us at Salt & Cedar Restaurant, 2448 Riopelle Street in Detroit!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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Congratulations to Germany who clinched the World Cup championship against Argentina, 1-0 in extra time. I was agnostic in terms of who won since I don’t have ties to either country. But I was into the game and sad that the World Cup is over. No more games to watch while I work…Wah!

Did you see the game?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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Many thanks to our “rescue rangers” JennQKW and Mom of Twins for filling in for me while I was on a much-needed vacation with extended family. After a few intense weeks of long days at work, it was wonderful to catch up with my four cousins from the east coast over leisurely dinners, plenty of beach time and sunshine, and baseball games in southern California.

While I had seen many of the spots that I had taken them to, it was my first time at the Anaheim baseball stadium and Pfeiffer Beach, which is in central California and known for its purple sand.

Thank you all! I also received much-needed respite from the news. My heart breaks for the four children and two adults shot dead in Texas, apparently by an estranged father, according to ABC News.

And ICYMI, the Box Tops Marketplace program will close at the end of the month. Box top seals from products purchased up to July 31, 2014 will be honored, the company stated in an e-mail.

Also, this Washington Post op-ed by a mom who happened to own a mercedes when she fell into poverty and required food stamps is a must-read. It is bizarre the value judgements people in the U.S. make on the poor — including what a poor person should look like and behave. It’s enough pressure to make anyone crack!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Tomorrow I will be hosting four teen cousins from Pennsylvania. We are taking a road trip from the Bay Area to Anaheim and San Diego. Stay tuned for pics!

In the meantime, I am looking for a “blog sitter” to put up open threads for at least Wednesday, Friday of this week and next Monday and Wednesday. If interested, please let me know! I will post this on Facebook as well.

¡Mil gracias! How are you today? Are you having a good summer so far?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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Whoa. Tell us what you really think, Superintendent. Arizona’s top education official is being pressured to quit after he was outed as a blog troll. Check out some of the gems he’s posted under his blog alias “Falcon9″, courtesy of Channel 3 in Arizona:

In one post (John) Huppenthal wrote, “We all need to stomp out balkanization. No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English.”

Huppenthal followed up with another post on the same site that said, “I don’t mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English. And, I’m not being humorous or racist.”

…he was outed last week for making other anonymous blog posts where he attacked his critics and called welfare recipients, “lazy pigs.”

As his critics pointed out, you probably shouldn’t hold a position, in which you have such high disdain for the people that you serve. Yuck.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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Wednesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Remember the Arizona mom who was arrested for leaving her two children in a car while she went to a job interview? The New York Times published a deep and profound profile about her and the systemic poverty in the U.S. trapping many working families. It’s a must-read.

Also, the unaccompanied child refugee crisis on the boarder continues. As many as 90,000 unaccompanied children from Central America are being housed in detention centers in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. Vice President Joe Biden has met with the leaders of these countries to discuss what can be done and pledge aid to the region.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), MomsRising / MamásConPoder and Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) plan to host a twitter chat to give an overview of the crisis and what can be done to help these kids. We will be meeting at the #latism hashtag at 6pmPT / 9pmET. Join us & RT!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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