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An open letter to the United States Senate from Marian Wright Edelman

The sorrow and outrage and sense of injustice I felt as a child at senseless deaths and injuries shaped my life’s work. I cannot stand seeing any child mistreated, placed at risk or excluded from essential services because of the color of their skin or the poverty of their parents or grandparents they did not choose. God did not make two classes of children ... ...

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Trump’s war on children

The cruel Trump budget invests more in our military — already the most costly in the world — but denies vulnerable children and youths the income, health care, food, housing and education supports they need to become strong future soldiers to defend our country. ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Moral courage: standing up for what is right

    Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle . . . This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   On Wednesday, Senator Co ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Prayers for the work ahead for our children

BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN OF CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND This has been a trying year for so many children in America — confused, consumed by and afraid of the intolerance, hatred and anger of adults. How do we keep the promises we have made to our children? How do we make a better America that values each and every child, regardless of skin color, faith, gender, sexual orientation, disability or immigration stat ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Child Watch, How to keep our Black boys alive

  BY MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with the understanding it can happen to any of them at any time. Terrell Strayhorn is Director of the ...

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What do we after Charleston?

I hope this latest chapter in America’s pervasive history of domestic terrors against millions of Black citizens victimized by slavery and Jim Crow, denied full citizen rights throughout our history, relegated to subhuman three-fifths status in our Constitution and treated similar to beasts of burden to fuel our unjust economic system can be squarely confronted. ...

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“Thank God for peanut butter and jelly” by Marian Wright Edelman

In a nation where millions of working families still can't earn enough to pay rent, pay the bills, and put food on the table at the same time—and where in fiscal year 2013 there were 4.9 million households with no income but SNAP including 1.3 million households with children—relying on the charity of PB and J Day is not a substitute for justice. ...

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Our Voice, Guest Editorial by Marian Wright Edelman, Families struggle: Child poverty remains epidemically high

The U.S. Census Bureau’s new poverty data for the states show millions of families struggling mightily to keep their heads above water in the wake of the Great Recession. Fourteen states saw statistically significant increases in their child poverty rates, 26 states saw small increases, and nine states and the District of Columbia saw small declines in child poverty rates last year. ...

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