Marian Wright Edelman

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

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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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Thursday, June 13, 2002 - 9:50am
Congress Must Act to Rescue Children Living in Poverty
"It is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need." So wrote Paul to the Corinthians when they had lost their enthusiasm for giving money to help the poor of the Jerusalem church. It is the very same issue we face today in the United States: will we work for a fair balance between those who currently have an abundance of riches and those who are in dire need?
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Monday, July 16, 2001 - 9:44am
Give All American Kids a Safe, Poverty-Free Life
WASHINGTON - In less than the time it takes to read this newspaper, another 14 infants will be born into poverty in America. Another 10 will be born without health insurance. And one more child in our country will be neglected or abused. We are blessed to be living in a time of incredible opportunity and unprecedented prosperity. We have a $10 trillion economy, eight years of record economic growth and a projected multi-trillion-dollar federal budget surplus.
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Sunday, May 13, 2001 - 9:38am
Does President Bush Really Mean to Leave No Child Behind?
During his presidential campaign, President Bush repeatedly promised to "Leave No Child Behind," using the Children's Defense Fund's trademarked mission statement. He and members of his Cabinet continue to use these words, or close variations of them, in their speeches and written materials and on their Web sites. By adopting CDF's mission, President Bush has set the standard for the nation and for his presidency.
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