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.

Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

My thoughts on the President’s announcement for executive action on immigration policy: I was disappointed in the first half of his speech as it sounds like he will do nothing on the Central American refugee children, except deport them. My husband has family in Central America — both in El Salvador and Honduras — and I can tell you that poor children there, including girls, face bleak odds. Miss Honduras and her sister were just killed by a jealous boyfriend, which doesn’t surprise me as that country has the highest per capita murder rates and high femicide rates, too. Protecting children from such violence is a humanitarian and women’s rights obligation!

That said, the second half of his speech about our character and history as a country of immigrants brought tears to my eyes. Millions of immigrants living in the shadows, including aspiring professionals and working parents, will benefit. I applaud the president for this positive step forward.

ICYMI, the Washington Post had an article on the highest paid college graduates. Hint: it’s not who you’d think.

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

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Hump Day Open Thread

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LATISM Recap: I’ve finally caught up with my email, work and home affairs since attending the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media 2014 Conference on Friday. I crashed with Erika’s family — squee! — and presented at a panel about mobilizing Latinos to live healthier lives. My presentation focused on junk food marketing to Latino youth and how parents can organize themselves to implement policies to improve child nutrition and health.

I published a recap at the MomsRising blog and would appreciate love in terms of comments and/or social media shares. ¬°Mil gracias amigas!

Homeless Children: One in 30 U.S. children are homeless, with California, Mississippi and Alabama leading the way in this sad trend, according to the Huffington Post. I can’t say that I’m surprised considering the cost of living in California…

Separated Immigrant Families: I can’t get this op-ed out of my head. Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero wrote her incredible personal story about moving in with friends at 14 after her parents and older brother were deported. They were unable to legalize their immigration status because, well, our system is broken. She called on President Obama to use his executive powers to fix it and keep families like hers together.

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

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Friday Morning Open Thread

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This is no joke. As the 9-to-5 job goes away and families become more isolated, daycare centers are starting to become 24-hour operations, according to this article in Pacific Standard magazine.

Do you work unconventional hours outside of the home? What is your childcare arrangement?

Childcare is on my mind today as I am on the road for the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) conference in Anaheim, California today. I will be presenting at a health panel about type 2 diabetes and diet-related illnesses in the Latino community, and how we can make policy changes. (Organize on social media!)

I am lucky in that my husband works for himself and is able to take care of the kids while I am gone. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to travel for work.

Bonus: I got to crash at my bff Erika’s house last night! It was fun to play Hungry, Hungry Hippos with Alex and listen to Maya play “Circle of Life” on the piano. I leave late tonight so Erika and I will fit in some girl-bonding time. I love it when work brings me to the cities where I have loved ones. Squee!

How are you today? Go ahead, chat — and have a great weekend!

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Monday Morning Open Thread

Photo: Me smiling at the starting line this past weekend. At the end, I was feeling so destroyed that I was eating my lunch wearing my bike helmet like a crazy woman. lol!

What’s up?

I am feeling thrashed. As part of a school fundraiser, I went on a 50-mile bike ride organized by none other than Fast Freddie Rodriguez, the four-time U.S. cycling champion.

The ride included 5,000 feet of climbing, various parts of it at 14% incline. Prior to the ride, I’d been working out at bootcamp and playing soccer so I thought I’d be okay. But this was a whole other beast. Every muscle and every bone in my body now hurts, including my fingers. (!)

Note to myself: Prepare those quads before cycling in the hills. Gah!

How are you this morning?

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Friday Morning Open Thread

What’s up? Health is on my mind today.

ICYMI, my mom “taponsito” has a blog post on living with type 2 diabetes at MomsRising.org. It’s well written, informative, what the heck, just support her!

Also, please support my dear friend Xochitl who is conducting her first twitter chat for MomsRising. If you are on Twitter, follow the #FoodFri hashtag at 1pmET for a discussion on raising children with diabetes — types 1 and 2.

On a personal note, I’ll be riding a half century — 50 miles — for a school fundraiser tomorrow morning. I’m fit, but have not been on the bike for a while so wish me well. Gulp.

I hope you all have a healthy and joyful weekend! What’s on your mind today?

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Hump Day Open Thread

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Picture on right: A Daily Kos staff member put on a Halloween costume created by another staffer, who happens to live in Berkeley. lol!

I woke up this morning and realized that every single one of the local ballot initiatives — and candidates — I voted for won, and won big. Measure D, the historic soda tax passed with 75% of the vote! It wasn’t even close.

Thank you so much to all of you who donated to this initiative.

The local ballot initiatives that the organization I work for, MomsRising, endorsed all passed: background checks for gun purchases in Washington state; paid sick days in Massachusetts; a raise in the minimum wage in Oakland, California, and Trenton and Montclair, New Jersey. What is so interesting about all of this is that these are all policies that President Obama and the Democratic Party support. The local initiatives won, but the candidates lost.

I asked DH about it this morning and he is incredibly frustrated at the disconnect voters have between the issues and candidates, but also the low turnout. He said that two key constituencies, people of color and young people, did not turn out this year. Regrouping for 2016…

How did your ballot initiatives — and gulp — candidates fare this year? How are you otherwise?

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Elections Open Thread

The elections are like the Super Bowl at my house. Here I am drinking red wine from a paper cup. lol!

Please feel free to use this open thread to report results — and share pics and stories.

For me, I’m watching closely my childhood home states of Florida and New Hampshire, and of course, will be up to see how some local initiatives did. Fun, fun, fun!

What’s on your mind tonight?

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Monday Morning Open Thread

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Just a reminder that tomorrow is election day. I will put up an open thread!

I admit, I am nervous about the national elections — the Senate and House of Representatives, which will have ramifications for issues I care about like immigration reform and the environment. But I am feeling good about some key local initiatives in my area, including a bump to the minimum wage and a soda tax, which if it passes, would be the first in the country. It’s going to be a long night tomorrow.

And here is another sad reminder of why marriage equality is important via the Mombian blog.

Get out there and vote, ladies! What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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