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

July 18, 2017 Mary Thatch 0

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 … […]

Trump’s war on children

May 31, 2017 Mary Thatch 0

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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What do we after Charleston?

July 8, 2015 The Wilmington Journal 0

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

April 22, 2015 Mary Thatch 0

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

October 3, 2012 The Wilmington Journal 0

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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