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Advocates Praise Expanded Child Tax Credit for Helping Arizona Families Make Ends Meet

More than $352 million in expanded Child Tax Credit payments were given to Arizona families last month, averaging $444 per household.

Nedal Al Hayek plays with his son, Taym, and daughter, Layal, outside their new home on July 28, 2015 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The family, including Nedals wife, Raeda, fled Syria after he was beaten and tortured by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. Nedal says he still worries for the safety of his extended family in Syria. Since the war started the United States has resettled under 1,500 refugees, despite over 12,000 applications. This fall, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that least 10,000 displaced Syrians will be allowed into the United states over the next year. This announcement was followed up by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announcing the United States would accept 85,000 refugees from around the world next year and that total would rise to 100,000 in 2017.
How the Skills of People Fleeing Crises Bolster Michigan’s Culture and Economy

Over 1,000 people fleeing Afghanistan are looking to make a new home, and are ready to help Michigan communities grow.

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In Stressful Times, Child Tax Credit Lights Up Lives of Macomb County Kids

The child tax credit had kids in this Macomb neighborhood running into the streets with wonder and excitement. Here's why.

Photos By Isaac Constans and Courtesy of Horning Farms
Six Generations and Counting: A Story of Michigan’s Dairy Farms

Michigan’s dairy industry is one of the strongest in the country. Fighting through the pandemic, family farms are helping fight hunger. 

‘We Couldn’t Afford It’: Childcare Costs Are Upending Michigan Moms’ Lives. What Can Fix the Problem?

The cost of childcare is reaching a breaking point and exacting a mental toll. “I don't think that having children should only be for the wealthy and that's kind of how I feel right now,” said Julie Groce, a Grand Blanc mom. 

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The Pandemic ‘Blew the House of Cards All the Way Down’ for Mothers. Can Joe Biden Build It Back Better?

Moms are not okay. The pandemic has taken a toll and they are exhausted and struggling to find affordable child care. But help could be on the way, as President Joe Biden has a plan to pass a once-in-a-generation investment to help working families.

In May, 2018, Mothering Justice turned in over 380,000 signatures to put Earned Paid Sick Time on the ballo. Mothering Justice volunteers collected over 12,000 of the signatures for the MI Time to Care initiative.
Michigan Moms Call on Leaders to Restore Paid Sick Leave With the Stroke of a Pen

“[Attorney General Dana Nessel] has the opportunity to be our hero,” said mom and Mothering Justice activist Aisha Wells.