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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.

Gunshots

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.

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.

Get Involved: 5 Organizations Fighting Hunger And Poverty In The U.S.

Posted 09.13.2012 | Impact

UPDATED: Sept. 13, 2012 1:35 p.m. America's poverty rate stands at 15 percent, a number that's remained fixed from the year before, according to Ce...

African American Youth Speaks Wisdom Upon a Crowd

Caylin Moore | Posted 06.06.2012 | Impact
Caylin Moore

The night before the event he ripped up his speech, threw it away, and told a story which his mother shared with him after a week filled with days of turmoil. The story of the Rock.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Spring Doesn't Mean Baseball Games And Vacations For All Kids

Randy Jackson | Posted 05.30.2012 | Impact
Randy Jackson

It is up to each of us to raise awareness of the fact that almost 25 percent of our children live in poverty and each of us must hold our leaders accountable to ensuring a fair start for every kid in America.

No Country for Kids in Hoodies

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.28.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

The right to life is an empty promise in a nation that venerates guns more than the peace and safety of the community.

What Effect Will More Corporate Ads and Interrupted Programming Really Have on PBS?

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Pearl Korn

At PBS's recent annual gathering it was announced that the number and frequency of promotions for corporate sponsors would increase during a few noted programs as an experiment.

From the Children's Congress to the Corporations' Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Paul Ryan's "Roadmap for America's Future" is less a budget proposal than an ideological assault on the foundation of a fair society, with the least among us poised to become the principal victims.

Why Government Must Rein in For-Profit Colleges

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ben Jealous

Students trying to improve their job prospects shouldn't be duped into taking on crushing debt in exchange for the promise of a future job that will probably never materialize. A

Twenty Years of Beating the Odds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Thousands of children overcome tremendous obstacles like poverty, homelessness, hunger, abuse and neglect by adults, parental incarceration, and more every day.

PHOTOS: Kardashian Sisters Storm Century City Mall

Huffing | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The Kardashian sisters have been on a whirlwind media tour promoting their new book, Kardashian Konfidential. Since Thanksgiving, they've appeared on ...

Celebrating the Children's Sabbath

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Each religious tradition recognizes the sacred charge to defend children and those in poverty. Now is the time to put our faith into action.