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Learning Through Loss To Beat The Odds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Elijah is an inspiring example to other young people--and all of us--of resilience, grace, and the ability to beat the odds.

Shouldn't We Give Hillary Clinton a Chance?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.11.2015 | Women
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

I was glad to voice my concerns and hopes for Hillary Clinton's upcoming election to the knowledgeable congresswoman with personal experiences with Hillary. Now it's your turn to have your voice heard in the comments below.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Redlined for Failure and the Prison Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ndume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and a passionate advocate for justice who works with the Children's Defense Fund's Nashville organizing team. He helps us fight to keep children and people of color, especially Black boys, out of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™.

California Needs A State Budget That Protects Children From Poverty

Alex M. Johnson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Alex M. Johnson

Californians understand that investing in children is an investment in our future. Yet, we must turn rhetoric into action and dedicate the resources to make that investment in ways that will yield the outcomes we all hope for, including a dramatic reduction in the number of California children living in poverty.

Healing a Child's Broken Heart

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's always very challenging for a parent when their child has a serious health condition. It's even more challenging when their child has a serious condition but has no health insurance to cover the needed care and emergencies.

Stuck Outside the Poor Door

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The contrast between the haves and have-nots might be especially stark at that New York building, but millions of families across the country are finding themselves on the wrong side of the poor door.

Thank God for Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
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.

What I Would Like to Hear Hillary Clinton Say When She Announces For President

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The following is a version of what I would like to hear Hillary Rodham Clinton say as she announces her Presidential campaign. A campaign that will lead this brilliant accomplished woman to being sworn in as the nation's 45th President.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Represents the Unfinished Business of Our Democracy

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

This is the Hillary Rodham Clinton who, if she runs and is elected president in 2016, will move us another giant step toward forming a "more perfect union" and finishing the business of our democracy.

The Media Obsession With Hillary and Bill Clinton Continues

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Hillary and Bill Clinton have been in the public eye since Hillary Rodham was the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College in 1969 and when Bill ran for Congress in Arkansas in 1974. There isn't much new the press can find that we already don't know.

4 Must-Know Facts About Clinton Wealth

Hal Donahue | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Recent attacks from the right wing on the success of Bill and Hillary Clinton since leaving the White House are absurd. If Republicans are looking for someone who is out of touch and does not reflect middle-class values at heart, they only need to look in the mirror.

A Moment With Maya

Roger Wolfson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Arts
Roger Wolfson

I saw Maya's incredible spirit in that moment, and by sharing with us such wisdom and peace in such a tense moment, she gave all of us the chance to rise to her level.

Republicans Know Hillary Rodham Clinton Is a Force to Be Reckoned With

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Republicans are throwing everything they have up against the wall to see if it sticks trying to keep Hillary Rodham Clinton from running for president. Their problem is this woman who they are trying to paint as diminished in some way is clearly miles ahead in energy and brainpower from any of the people that want the 2016 Republican nomination.

The Path Forward Through Education

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We are making progress: student achievement is up, dropout rates are down and achievement gaps between racial groups are narrowing. But these improvements are not big enough, widespread enough or fast enough for us to be content.

Sounding the Siren for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

They have lifted millions of poor families and children out of poverty but now are under assault by political extremists. We must stand up and refuse to let them turn the clock of progress backwards.

The Tragic Story of Donald Maiden Jr.: An American Tale of Gun Violence

Shannon Watts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Shannon Watts

How is it possible that such a crime could occur in America in 2013? What kind of a nation enables and allows such heinous acts against children? And why are so few media covering Donald's shocking story?

I Want to Make a Difference

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jaime, Katie, and La'Mont are three young servant leaders whose stories we are celebrating as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. They are a reminder that we must never ever give up on any child.


Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What is it going to take for us to stand up and say enough to this internal gun war of American against American? What is it going to take to create a mental health system that prevents such tragedies from happening over and over?

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Changing the Picture of Public Leadership

Debbie Walsh | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Debbie Walsh

Which prime movers are featured in our history and government textbooks? Whose stone faces look out from Mount Rushmore? Whom do we honor with national holidays? Who are the central characters in our movies, TV shows, and books?

Giving Thanks for the Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"You overcome the challenges, and you learn from the obstacles. You use the experience to help you live a better life. You don't just think how bad your life was because you had to go through things; you say how lucky you are to have so much experience."

Families Struggle: Child Poverty Remains Epidemically High

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Citizens must demand that every political leader state what they will do now to invest in and protect vulnerable children from hunger, homelessness and poor education. It's way past time to eliminate epidemic child poverty and the child suffering, stress, homelessness and miseducation it spawns.

The Racial Divide: Will It Widen Or Close?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

We are once again at a critical turning point for our children and nation. Despite all the harsh lessons of the past and all the lofty rhetoric about who we want and need to be as a 21st century multicultural nation in a multiracial and multicultural world, we’re heading in the wrong direction.