Marian Wright Edelman

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

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Monday, May 29, 2017
President Trump's War On Children
Our nation’s budget should reflect our nation’s professed values, but President Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget, “A New Foundation for America’s Greatness,” radically does the opposite. This immoral budget declares war on America’s children, our most vulnerable group, and the foundation of our nation’s...
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Sunday, May 08, 2016
Stories of Mother Love
“They didn’t want me to have Walter because of my age. But I finally convinced them that age has nothing to do with love…What I had to give was love. And that’s what Walter needed... I never doubted that I could help Walter. Never, if they gave me the chance. If you have the courage and the faith...
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock: Flint’s Disposable Poor Children
America’s political blame game continues while children continue to suffer life impairing harm. The nation was riveted this week as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief Gina McCarthy were grilled over the shameful inaction on the Flint, Michigan water crisis...
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Hungry Children in Rich America
Sarah is three years old. She and her six-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would go hungry. Sarah’s too young to make the trip. One morning after...
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Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Education Inequality Struggle
This has been a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replacing the No Child Left Behind Act was enacted after gutting a strong federal role in education policy designed to protect these children and...
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Sunday, December 06, 2015
Who Put the NRA in Charge of Our National Security?
“I have supported legislation in the past which would place reasonable and careful restrictions on the use of firearms, and I am co-sponsoring S.1… I believe this bill would impose necessary controls without unduly curtailing the use of firearms for legitimate sport shooting or hunting, and without...
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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Adults Are the Problem
It is time for adults of every race and income group to break our silence about the pervasive breakdown of moral, family, and community values, to place our children first in our lives, and to struggle to model the behavior we want our children to learn. School children don’t need one more “Officer...
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Saturday, July 25, 2015
10 Rules to Help Black Boys and Girls Survive
Democracy cannot breathe, and will die, if those enjoined to protect and uphold the law snuff it out unjustly and without consequence. Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must...
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Sunday, June 14, 2015
End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now
Solitary confinement is pretty horrible for anybody, but it's especially horrible for a child. It is psychological torture. -- Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy When you go over the three years that he spent [in jail] and all the...
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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Stuck Outside the Poor Door
More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the “poor door” at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of...
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