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Elisa Batista
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Elisa Batista is an associate campaign director at MomsRising.org, a million-member organization advocating for policies related to family economic security, child health and ending discrimination against mothers. She collaborates with the organization’s campaign directors in reaching out to mothers through social media campaigns on the blogs, Facebook and Twitter.

She is also a bilingual journalist and award-winning blogger. She is the co-publisher of the popular parenting website, MotherTalkers.com, which was named a “favorite mom blogger” by Ms. Magazine. In addition, her writing has appeared at the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, FOX News Latino and Wired News. She has also won an award by Latinos in Social Media, an online organization of 150,000+ Latinos, for her use of social media tools to promote causes.

When Batista is not on her computer, she is shuttling her children or training for races. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband, son and daughter.

Entries by Elisa Batista

Thriving After Transitioning to a Third Metric Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 5:20 PM

I recently finished reading Arianna Huffington's latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, and I have three words to describe it: It's. About. Time.

Anyone who has a job that requires constant connectivity can identify with...

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'Wake Me Up' Video: Reflections from 2013

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Chances are you've heard "Wake Me Up." It was a hit song worldwide last year by Aloe Blacc and remixed by Avicii. But have you checked out the emotionally powerful acoustic version of the music video? Here it is:

The video puts on display the work ethic, strong family ties, and grit of our newest Americans: undocumented youth known as "DREAMers," who were brought to this country as children. It also shows the love, quiet sacrifices and resolve of their parents, who like any other parent in the United States, simply want to secure a future for their children.

The verse that punched me in the gut accompanied scenes of a little girl in Mexico skyping with her father in California. Years earlier, she and her mother attempted to be united with him but were detained at the border.

I tried carrying the weight of the world

But I only have two hands

I hope I get the chance to travel the world

But I don't have any plans

I wish I could stay forever this young

Not afraid to close my eyes

Life's a game made for everyone

And love is a prize

Most of the actors in the video have actually lived the scenarios that they portray. This isn't fiction for a music video. This is reality.

As a mom, I can't shake it off. I can't stop thinking of the mom who crossed the desert to then be separated from her partner and daughter's father for years. I am still thinking of the dad who continues to stand on a street corner in Los Angeles every day to perform back-breaking labor just so that his daughter can have the semblance of a childhood. I can only imagine what must run through his mind to keep him going: that with enough hard work his daughter will be able to make plans, to continue with her education and to build a life of her own.

All moms and dads, regardless of where we come from, or where we work or how much money we make, have hopes for our children. We make sacrifices so that our kids have what they need to live and to hopefully contribute towards a saner, kinder and gentler world.

Separating families and keeping kids who have grown up here in the shadows is such a waste. If we do indeed want to remain a country of strong family values and economic opportunity, the very least that we can do is to make sure that all children in our country have what they need to succeed. That's why we need to pass an immigration bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for all who seek it. This will ensure that we aren't imposing limits on children in their prime or creating a permanent underclass in our country.

We are, after all, a country of dreamers.

Blacc, who is shown throughout the video as well, ends his song -- and video -- on a hopeful note. That same little girl is dramatically transformed into an organizer, who along with her mother, stands at the U.S.-Mexico border in protest. She stares at a border patrol agent. He stares back at her and then closes his eyes. And the chorus plays:

So wake me up when it's all over!

When I'm wiser and I'm older

All this time I was finding myself

And I didn't know I was lost

If you haven't yet, please watch Aloe Blacc's video. Just make sure you have tissues nearby. Many thanks to the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, which produced this video in partnership with the Healing Power of Music Initiative for sharing it with...

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New USDA Nutrition Guidelines Could Help Children Reclaim Their Childhoods

(12) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 2:19 PM

Like many families across the country, mine struggles with obesity and related illnesses such as Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. The situation has been so bad that both my grandmother and aunt died relatively young due to heart attacks. My mother has already been diagnosed with...

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Lack of Paid Sick Days May Claim Latino Lives

(12) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 5:08 AM

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If there is something I pride myself on it is my work ethic. The importance of hard work is something that was instilled in me by my parents who sometimes worked multiple jobs each to feed our family of six....

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Five Myths About California DREAMers

(104) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 5:09 AM

What is a California election without some good old-fashioned scapegoating?

We Californians are innovators in so many ways: home to the first personal computer, the nation's first recycling program and ground zero for the Americans with Disabilities Act. But we also have this nasty history of exploiting and scapegoating minority...

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Clean Air...Place and Race Matter

(58) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 8:54 AM

As a contractor, I am a jack of all trades: I write, moderate an online community and translate, usually from English to Spanish. Most recently, a friend and I translated a 110-page document released by PolicyLink and The California Endowment called, "Why Place and...

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Why Do Moms DREAM?

(24) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 8:55 PM

Odds are, if you are a mom, you're one of the 72 percent of women in the United States who support the DREAM Act.

But we want to know why.

First, a quick refresher: The DREAM Act is short for the Development, Relief and Education...

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Peaceful Revolution:Arizona's New Immigration Law and the "92 Percent Situation"

(198) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 4:44 PM

The conversation is everywhere -- Arizona has a new immigration law that requires police officers to detain anyone who "looks like" an illegal immigrant and fails to produce proof of American citizenship. And legislators in seven other states are now debating similar bills as are gubernatorial candidates in...

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