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25 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Abductors

Jim Higley | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

This month's failed abduction of a 10-year-old girl on the streets of Philadelphia has parents across the country asking what more they can do to keep their children safe.

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

A National Family Portrait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.28.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout America's history and still today, children's life chances have always been unequal based on color.

Lessons Learned From the Ark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.21.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As we take stock of the current state of America's children and the desperate need to change direction for the future, some ancient wisdom can give us a blueprint for setting sail and getting our children to safe harbor.

The State of America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.14.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As the president and Congress struggle to find a way to lower the budget deficit and to raise the debt ceiling before we default on our debt for the first time in history, I hope they will stay away from further cuts in essential food, health, education, and other supports children need.

The Pledge

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now, many of our elected officials are letting a no-new-taxes pledge take precedence. They are putting this before the pledge to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands, and to the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Giving Black Boys a Strong Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

President Obama has called education the civil rights issue of our time. Now is the time for the next transforming freedom moment and movement -- to set our children free from illiteracy, low expectations, and jobless, hopeless futures.

One Woman's Freedom Movement

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray spent a lifetime challenging not only racial segregation, but systems of discrimination in all of their forms.

Remembering Dr. Benjamin E. Mays' Legacy

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.03.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Ramrod straight of posture, unwaveringly principled and caring, keenly intelligent and elegant in speech, Dr. Mays was one of the most important people to me during my college years at Spelman.

Fighting Cuts to Child Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City parent Yvonne works as a home care attendant to help support her 3-year-old son Darnell. Earlier this year she received a letter saying he would be dropped from the program.

Voting Rights Under Attack

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote.

Dr. David French: Pioneering Physician

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.15.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Dr. David French's civil rights work was a turning point in a lifetime of pioneering work, from becoming one of the first black surgeons in America to establishing innovative health clinics.

From Head Start to Harvard

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

"I had never seen so much color," Angelica Salazar recalls of her first days as a Head Start preschooler. Her parents, who spoke mostly Spanish, enrolled her in the program knowing their little girl would need English to succeed in school.

Celebrating and Protecting Health Reform for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.02.2011 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The low cost of covering children compared to the high costs of dealing with the consequences later is a no brainer: An uninsured child costs the local community $2,100 more than coverage for a child with Medicaid.

Revisiting Marks, Mississippi

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the critical immediate solutions to the pervasive child hunger Dr. King saw, the underlying crisis -- pervasive child poverty -- persists in the Mississippi Delta.

Poor Children: Stranded at Sea

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"For poor children... poverty means more than money. For them, it can be a life sentence of exile from the larger society... Poor children and children who are not poor live in utterly different worlds."

The New Jim Crow: Social Control, Social Death

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Marian Wright Edelman

As Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow clearly shows, our incarceration policies have evolved into a historically punitive form of social control and social death for people of color.

Boys Death From Toothache Leads To Greater Dental Care Access For Kids

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Since Deamonte's death, Congress has recognized dental coverage as an important component of comprehensive care for children, enacting major policy changes to improve kids' coverage.

A Call to Black Families

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Our families have seen us through many crises, but there have also been threats to black family stability and reports of black family breakdown throughout our history.

Handle With Care: Nonprofit Fills Gaps In Miss. Early Education

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

“On your mark, get set, ready, go!”In the language of childhood, these words are an exciting invitation -- and a signal that it’s ti...

The Vanishing American Dream For Poor Young People

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

While there is a lot of talk today about jobs, there has been far too little attention paid to the job prospects of young people. The American Dream for poor young people is vanishing on our watch.

Renewing the Promise of the Child Health Insurance Program

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

February 4 marks the second anniversary of the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which has already helped many states make significant improvements in health coverage for children.

'Held Captive': Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Hopelessness and despair are too often the products of poverty. Today, 15.5 million children are living in poverty in America -- the highest child poverty rate the nation has seen since 1959.

Remembering Sargent Shriver

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Sargent Shriver passed away on January 18 at age 95, we lost a man whose life's work improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

The Black Community Crusade for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

New research found the vast majority of America's black community see poor black youths falling further behind. We must address what many of us believe is the worst crisis faced by millions of black children since slavery.