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Moms rise up in North Carolina

Posted March 21, 2010 6:50 p.m. EDT

For the last few years, a group of moms in the Triangle have gotten together for an unusual kind of play date every once in a while.

They meet at the state legislature with their kids to talk with legislators and lobby for better family leave policies, for instance. Then they head over to Marbles for some play time.

The group, the local chapter of a national organization called MomsRising, is becoming more and more active across North Carolina. They are pushing for everything from paid family leave and more open flexible work schedules for parents to better after-school programs for kids and fewer chemicals in their lives.

MomsRising members in the Triangle will be writing about their work here on Go Ask Mom every month or so. You'll find them here on Tuesdays starting tomorrow when Beth Messersmith, a Durham mom of two, writes about a state legislative study commission looking at issues such as paid sick days and paid family leave.

While I know not all of you will agree with MomsRising, I hope that their posts spark some discussion on issues that touch a lot of families.

To learn more about MomsRising, check out my interview with Beth.