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Childrens Defense Fund

Remembering Varnette Honeywood

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Varnette Honeywood was a dear friend to the Children's Defense Fund. Her death in September at age 59 was a sad loss for all of us.

As Millions More Children Are Affected By Poverty, Now is the Time for Our Nation to Act

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The Great Recession's impact on millions of children and families has jeopardized the promise of a productive future for their children and for our nation and demands greater action by our leaders and all of us.

Gun Violence and Children: Have We No Shame or Respect for Child Life?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

What is it going to take for adults in America to stand up and say enough to the violence that is terrorizing and killing our children? No enemy without poses as great a threat as the gun enemy within.

'Freedom Schools' Promote Literacy For Underprivileged Kids Nationwide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In a country with a large achievement gap between students of color and their white peers, Freedom Schools across the country are working to help stud...

CDF Freedom Schools® National Days of Social Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Is your child learning to make a difference this summer? If she is enrolled in a Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® summer program, you'l...

The Oil Spill's Impact

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Hurricane Katrina hit, it opened people's eyes to a side of race and poverty in our nation that is often hidden. There's no single signature picture of child and family suffering from the BP oil crisis this time around. But the need for help is overwhelming.

A Call for Education Equity

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The formula for distributing Title I funds is stacked against the very children it was most intended to help. It's time for the federal government to be an instrument of equality rather than inequality.

Diane Sawyer Is My Twin!

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Walden

What a thrill that Diane Sawyer wore the same super-lightweight parka as me while "reporting" from Afghanistan for ABC News with ex ABC-LA sports repo...

New York's Juvenile Prisons Are a Crime

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Love

If you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, then New York fails in a big way. In fact, the Empire State should be found guilty of child abuse and neglect.

Addressing America's Health Care Disparities

Clayola Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clayola Brown

Providing health care for all must recognize and address health disparities that exist among minority populations.

The National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's estimated that three in ten girls in the United States still get pregnant by age 20. 51 percent of Black and 53 percent of Latino teenage girls become pregnant at least once before age 20.

CDF's 35th Anniversary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The Children's Defense Fund looks forward to working with the Obama Administration and the new Congress to enact policies that give all children the chance to live and learn and succeed in life.

Teen Pregnancy in America Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

We have an opportunity to take advantage of a renewed national conversation and once again emphasize pregnancy prevention for today's teenagers -- both boys and girls.

Children's Defense Fund Founder: McCain Will Leave Millions Of Children Uninsured

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Sen. McCain has no specific plan for children. We keep a Congressional scorecard... Senator McCain received the lowest score of anyone in the Senate in 2007."

Sentencing Children to Die in Prison

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The EJI study found 73 cases in the United States where 13- and 14-year-olds have been sentenced to life without parole -- in other words, sentenced to die in prison.

Juveniles Don't Belong in Adult Prisons

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

There is no justification for locking up these young people in adult prisons. Juveniles may be held in adult jails for months or even years, although most of them are not charged with a violent crime.

Mental Health Support Makes a More Normal Life for Teens Possible

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The Healthy Transition Act would provide states to identify youths with mental disorder, ascertain the help they are currently receiving and determine how to get care for them.

Homeboy Industries -- Hope Has a New Address

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the US and is in the front ranks of diverting young people from the trajectory that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment and premature death.

We Must Pay Attention to the Rise of Gun Violence

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The June 26th Supreme Court ruling to strike down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban dealt yet another blow to securing our children's safety from gun violence.

Sam Stein

Study: McCain Receives Failing Grade On Children's Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain gets a failing grade for his work on legislation affecting children's issues, according to a just-released study f...