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MOMocrats.com: Where Mothers Get Political

Welcome to MOMocrats.com, a site where mothers from across the United States of America come together to write about politics from a parent’s perspective.

Each of our members has a unique story to tell. We represent a variety of professional and educational backgrounds and a range of ages. We come from varied cultural, religious and regional traditions. But we are all mothers. And what brings us together in common purpose is our shared dedication to working toward a fairer, safer, greener, more prosperous and more peaceful future for our children.

Like most moms, we’re tired.  And we’re not just tired from staying up all night with a colicky baby, or from pacing the floor waiting for our teens to come home.

We’re tired of sending our sons and daughters off to fight a war for the benefit of oil billionaires’ profits.  Tired of lagging behind the rest of the world in education, and paying more and more for “public” education that teaches only to a test and leaves the individual needs of students behind.  Tired of a broken health care system that leaves millions of families and individuals uninsured. Tired of politicians pretending that global warming doesn’t exist, leaving the problem to our children to solve.  Tired of being paid less than men for the same work, then being expected to come home to the “second shift” of parenting, housework, and homework.  Tired of the widening gap between rich and poor that leaves millions of single mothers struggling to make ends meet.

We’re tired of feeling tired. We’ve decided to take action, by writing in support of progressive issues, progressive politicians, and legislation that protects our environment, promotes equality, expands opportunity, supports working families, and improves the lives of women and children. By providing a source of information and a platform for discussion about the policies that affect our families’ daily lives. And by encouraging other women, especially fellow mothers, to become more engaged in the political process.

We are dedicated to putting a Democrat in the White House in 2009. And after that? We’re going to keep fighting to make sure that President, our Senators and Representatives, and our state and local politicians pay attention to the issues that matter most to women and families.

The MOMocrats Story

In September, 2007, three moms met in a coffee shop in Palo Alto, California. Fed up with the direction the nation had been taking over the past several years, and wondering what they could do about it, they came to discuss a plan to impact the 2008 presidential election.

Stefania Pomponi Butler, Beth Blecherman, and Glennia Campbell were all mombloggers with a serious interest in politics. All three had long histories of political activity, but political activism had taken a back seat to family life after they became moms. Glennia, Stefania and Beth knew from conversations they’d had with fellow bloggers that many other mothers who blog had an interest in learning and writing more about politics, but were unsure about how and where to start. Many of the women they knew in their community had told them that they were confused about the issues, the candidates, and how to sift through the spin of the mainstream media.  The three women wanted to establish a place online where progressive, Democratic women could learn from one another and express their views. And so MOMocrats.com was born.

The founding MOMocrats invited a few friends, including Joanne Bamberger (PunditMom), Stephanie Himel-Nelson (Lawyermama) and Jen (oneplustwo) to join their efforts.  Within two weeks, the MOMocrats were quoted in the New  York Times, Daily Kos, and other notable traditional and new media outlets.

During the earliest months of the presidential primary race, the founding MOMocrats had researched the issues, studied the various Democratic candidates, and had decided that the Edwards campaign, with its commitment to supporting universal health care, fighting poverty, supporting education and protecting the environment, most suited their personal views. However, as time went on and the site grew, supporters of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined the MOMocrats team. MOMocrats.com has now endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the presidency.

The MOMocrats have grown to 22 writers across the nation, with numerous guest contributors. In 2008, the MOMocrats were invited to be credentialed bloggers at the Democratic National Convention.

MOMocrats in Action

* The MOMocrats have been invited to write a column for the Huffington Post.
* The MOMocrats have been mentioned by several mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Jose Mercury News.
* MOMocrats.com been cited by many other popular blogs, including Daily Kos, Politico, and TechPresident.
* The MOMocrats have interviewed several prominent political candidates and lawmakers, including Senate candidate Scott Kleeb, former Kansas City Mayor and Congressional candidate, Kay Barnes, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. 
* Barack Obama personally answered a list of questions we wished had been asked during the presidential primary debates.    
* We are one of only 124 blogs officially credentialed to attend the 2008 Democratic National Convention as press.

For further information email momocrats (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you,

The MOMocrats

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This is the archives of previous “about” pages. Feel free to browse and see how we’ve evolved since we started the blog.

Welcome to MOMocrats! (Take two.)

This site is dedicated to putting a Democrat in the White House in January 2009, and effectuating real change in our nation.  We are a group of moms who have come together to support the candidate we think will make a positive change in our nation and has the best chance to win the general election.

Until January 30, 2008, that candidate was John Edwards.

Now, we don’t know W(ho)TF to vote for, but one thing we do know is this: Barack and Hillary, we’re going to hold you to his standard and you’re going to have to earneach and every one of our votes. MOMocrat Lawyer Mama puts it perfectly:

Up until now, you haven’t been paying much attention to us, the parents who blog.  It’s not that you don’t care what bloggers think. All we have to do is hop on over the Daily Kos or the Huffington Post and read about the kind of access you give political bloggers.  Oh, we know you care. You just haven’t seemed to care unless you can directly see a result in terms of political support or money.  It’s not so clear cut with us, the parents who blog about anything and everything.  But make no mistake, we vote, we’re well educated, and we talk and write about politics in a personal way.  People read our blogs.  Some people actually do care what we think.

So, here’s what (we) say: Take heed, Senators.  The internet is viral.  If one of our fellow mom bloggers can get thousands of women across the country heading to the gym in an attempt to replicate her Big O on the treadmill, just think what we could do for your ideas and your campaign. Individually, we may not be much.  Together?  Oh, together we are a force.  But you have to prove to us that you’re the right person for the job.

Ignore us at your peril.

Hillary, Barack: We’d love to meet with you to discuss this further. We MOMocrats blog all over the United States from Hawaii to Washington D.C. and can meet you anywhere, anytime. Call us and we’ll have a playdate!

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Welcome to MOMocrats! (Take one.)

This site is dedicated to putting a Democrat in the White House in January 2009, and effectuating real change in our nation.  We are a group of moms who have come together to support the candidate we think will make a positive change in our nation and has the best chance to win the general election.

That candidate is John Edwards.

We respect the other candidates, and appreciate their service to our country.  After agonizing over the choices for months, we feel that John Edwards is the best person for the job.  In the coming weeks and months, we’ll share with you the specific reasons why, and give you some food for thought. Eat up…you’lll need your strength to get you through this election this year.

We’re supporting Edwards because, like most moms, we’re tired.  We’re not tired from staying up all night with a colicky baby, or from pacing the floor waiting for our teens to come home.

We’re tired of sending our sons and daughters off to fight a war for the benefit of oil billionaires’ profits.  Tired of lagging behind the rest of the world in education, and paying more and more for “public” education that teaches only to a test and leaves the individual needs of students behind.  Tired of a broken healthcare system that leaves millions of families and individuals uninsured.  Tired of politicians pretending that global warming doesn’t exist, leaving the problem to our children to solve.  Tired of being paid less than men for the same work, then being expected to come home to the “second shift” of parenting, housework, and homework.  Tired of the widening gap between rich and poor that leaves millions of single mothers struggling to make ends meet.

We’re tired, but optimistic.  John Edwards gives us hope. Hope that we can help the country we love become a better place for our children and their children.  Hope that we can make a difference and leave the world a better place, because we know our children are worth it.

We hope you’ll join us, and vote for John Edwards.  If you don’t, you’re grounded.

Just so you are clearThis site is not affiliated with or paid for by John Edwards for President or John Edwards OneCorps.

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  1. Lane

    Very witty site! Now how do we put all this feminine know-how, nurturant energy and good intention to work? (My own children called this MommyMagic, as when a kiss really does make it feel better. I've got a feeling we may need more practical methods.

  2. Edwardsupporter2008

    Vote in Courage Campaign Poll, if you have not already done so. John Edwards is currently second to Barack Obama, please vote to get him into first place! This poll ends January 18, the DAY BEFORE the NEVADA CAUCUSES. and could prove to be signifigantly influential Here is the link: http://www.pickyourpresident.org/ You can only vote once in this poll overall, so make sure you tell your friends (who are definetely John Edwards Supporters, Barack certainly doesn't need any more votes) to vote for Edwards.

    Also vote in the Tech Crunch Poll, where John Edwards is currently 2143 votes behind Barack Obama who is in first place, and only 576 votes from overtaking Kuchinch for second place! Here is the link for that as well PLEASE VOTE AS THIS POLL CLOSES ON JANUARY 18 at midnight pacific time. In this poll users can vote once per day, encourage your friends to vote to push Edwards over the top in this poll. Here is the link: http://primaries.techcrunch.com

  3. tina

    I voted for John Edwards 3 days before he got out of the race.I am now leading towards Hilary Clinton. I am a mom who is into politics. It is not fun to be into politics however it is important.

  4. mary

    john edwards was my first choice too. I sincerely believe he has our best intrests in his heart. Elizabeth is great too. she would have made a terrific first lady, with intelligence, grace, etc. Now I have chosen Brak Obama. Just the way he has run his campaign, hoe he tries very hard not to sling mud or denigrate anybody,{although he has a right to, after all they've tried to mess him up with}. I believe he is our only hope left. Michelle Obama is awesome. You can tell that she is honest, hard working, and doesn't take any crap from anyone. Even those in D.C. who think they are the most powerful. I'd like to see those lobbiests knocked down quite a few pegs. And I think that the Obama's can and will do it.

  5. Glory Miller

    Point 1 Calling her a good mother really irks me. Taking that baby to the convention and exposing him (special needs or not)to meningitis, hepatitis, encephalitis, measles, chickenpox, viral pneumonia, scarlet fever, and sundry other diseases does classify her as good mother. She paraded that baby around like it was some kind of Trophy. She used that baby to put herself upfront and in the spotlight. Look how much the media kept the cameras on him, especially when she was holding him. When did he get a decent nap. She is not the only person that has a special needs child.

    Point 2 She acts like she is the only working mother in this world. Most working mothers have to juggle their schedules to take care of their family's needs and their jobs and some even get to further their own education. She also acts as if she is the only working mother in politics. Most women in politics, be it at the city town level all the way up to the Federal level are or have been working mothers as well as serving the local government. What makes her think sheis unique. A single working mother has even a tougher jobs. This person likes to be the center of attention.

    Point 3 Sex education. She acted like she was the only parent who had a teenage daughter become pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy has been an issue for years. Instead of saying don't have sexual relations a young man or girls should be taught about sexually transmitted diseases and safe sex. She must have been livid that she and her husband's teaching about abstinence was a very poor job of teaching. I wonder how much wrath came down on that girl by both of them we will never know. Then to force them into a shotgun wedding is even worse. If she cared about her daughter, she would help the girl finish her education and go on to college. Puppy love does not make for a good marriage.

    Point 4 She says she is anti-abortion. However in her own words, she and her husband made the CHOICE to keep the child. That is pro-choice, not anti-abortion. If the anti-abortion laws were in place she would have had no choice.

    Point 5 If she is such a good "Christian" why doesn't she follow the ten commandments in her daily life which is now her political life. Practise what you preach.

    Point 6 Much ado about nothing. Her speech may have been well delivered, but she did not write it,she just parroted it. As a comment the speech writer is a very active PETA member and is against killing of wolvs by aerials for sport.

    Did you know why the wolves are being killed in Alaska by aerial attack and for each set of wolf forelegs that are brought in a bounty of $150.00 is paid and this is often paid personally by Gov. Palin. It is questioned if the wolves are dead when they cut off the legs. These animals are herded and shot from the air. It is not to enlarge the caribou and moose herd, but for the hunters to hunt them for trophies, not for meat.

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  7. And what brings us together in common purpose is our shared dedication to working toward a fairer, safer, greener, more prosperous and more peaceful future for our children.

  8. Kathy

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  10. lovely isn't it? i'm a mom too and this experience is really true as i've been observing a lot! you have good idea posting this!

  11. Nice and informational article.Your experience must have been a wonderful one.I can imagine he wonderful experiences in California with all fun of life available there.Nice article.The way things are presented in this article are best and amazing.

  12. Ina

    Hi, nice that there are mothers like you to also take care of political interests in your country. Regards Ina

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