Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is the president of the Children's Defense Fund.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 7:50am
Ending the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and Mass Incarceration
A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 2:50pm
No Summer Holiday for Hungry Children
Did you know child hunger and food insecurity often peak in the summer? Hunger and poor nutrition are linked to health, mental health, and dental health problems and poor educational outcomes that don’t end when summer starts.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 9:11am
It's Past Time to Protect Children Not Guns
Thousands of people across the country have poured into the streets -- from New York to Sanford, Florida -- to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. Hundreds of thousands more stepped up to protest online. In response to the public outcry, the Sanford chief of police has temporarily stepped down and the state prosecutor has stepped aside. But nearly one month after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was stopped, stalked, shot and killed while walking home from a convenience store, armed only with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, his killer, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested.
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Friday, March 16, 2012 - 3:40pm
Giving Jailed Juveniles A Second Chance at Life
Edwin Desamour was driving with his 3-year-old son in their Philadelphia neighborhood recently when the little boy looked up and said, “Daddy, look at the moon!
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Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 9:36am
Still Hungry in America
“There were some times where, you know, we wouldn't have that much food, and I would tell my mom, ‘I'm not hungry, don't worry about it,’ and I lost a lot of weight. I remember I used to be a size five, and I went from a size five to a size zero ,” a New York high school senior said in December.
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Monday, January 2, 2012 - 9:10am
Education Cuts Aren't Smart
Once upon a time, America professed to believe in a strong public education system.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:40am
Don't Cut Head Start
The colors were brighter than any she had seen before. Shapes, letters, and lots and lots of colors adorned the walls. Around the room, children worked together building high rises with colored blocks and "reading" colorful picture books.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:40am
School Diversity Under Siege: Separate Still Isn't Equal
The South has made more progress in providing children the opportunity to attend desegregated schools. Now, sadly, it's also the region where re-segregation is growing fastest.
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Monday, March 10, 2008 - 3:53pm
Where Are the Children in President Bush's Budget?
When President George W. Bush released his $3.1 trillion Fiscal Year 2009 Federal Budget on February 4, it was a clear statement that he has far less regard for our nation's children than for the richest most powerful Americans and far more interest in waging war than in waging peace. Permanent tax cuts for the richest Americans and increased war spending are the anchors of this White House budget.
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Thursday, January 22, 2004 - 8:46am
Old South Lingers in a Legal Lynching
There is a boy in Georgia who almost beat the odds. An African American born to a 15-year-old, drug-addicted mother and an absent father, Marcus Dixon nonetheless went on to become an honor student and all-state football star. His football skills, 3.96 grade point average and 1,200 score on his SAT won him a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University.
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