| || Every family needs a place to live. When banks use our homes and mortgages to make bets in the global casino, we wind up with predatory lending, financial bubbles, crashes, and foreclosures: |
| || Government stimulus spending should be aimed at a recovery that can support families, communities, and the natural environment. Green and locally based jobs are our best bets: |
| Many families care for disabled children and spouses, and elderly parents. Here are ways we can support them: |
| || Time is essential to good family life. Children, couples, and elders need companionship, vacations, and time to respond to life’s crises. In Europe, workers have at least four weeks paid vacation, and in Germany and the Netherlands, they have the right to switch to part-time hours: |
| || One in five children live in poverty in the United States. Many children attend failing and even dangerous schools. Our kids deserve better: |
| || Health and health care costs are big worries for American families. |
| Making our tax system more equitable could bring down the deficit; sustain family-friendly local, state, and federal government programs; and help reduce vast inequality, which threatens the health of all families, rich and poor. |
| || Our children, grandchildren, and great-grand-children deserve to inherit vibrant ecosystems, a strong democracy, and opportunities for a good life |
| || ... by making it available to all committed couples, gay or straight. |
Sarah van Gelder wrote this article for What Happy Families Know, the Winter 2011 issue of YES! Magazine. Sarah is YES! Magazine's executive editor.
Editorial interns Tiffany Ran and Alyssa Johnson contributed research to this article.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Real Family Values 9 progressive policies to support our families.
by Sarah van Gelder