Marian Wright Edelman

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

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Sunday, March 10, 2013
An All-American Crisis
“ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly .” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Saturday, February 09, 2013
The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
The Massive Human and Moral Cost of Gun Violence
The heartrending massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-old children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., has galvanized public attention once again after a mass shooting. But the killing of children by gun violence is not new. It has been a relentlessly unreported and under-reported plague that has snuffed out the lives of 119,079 children and teenagers since 1979.
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Dear God! When Will It Stop?
The horrendous news from Newtown, Connecticut has pierced our hearts. Allegedly, a black-clad man in his 20s armed with two semi-automatic handguns entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and made an elementary school for kindergartners through fourth graders the scene of the worst mass shooting in a public school in American history. Reportedly, 20 children were shot and killed, and seven adults were shot and killed. We don’t yet know how many were wounded. We do know dozens of parents are experiencing the worst nightmare any parent could imagine.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Ryanomics Assault on Poor and Hungry Children
Hungry child, I didn't make this world for you. You didn't buy any stock in my railroad. You didn't invest in my corporation. Where are your shares in standard oil? I made the world for the rich And the will-be-rich And the have-always-been-rich. Not for you, Hungry child. -- Langston Hughes, “God to Hungry Child”
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Ryan Budget: Be Careful What You Cut
Right before the U.S. House of Representatives left for the summer to go home to campaign for your vote, they voted to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans millionaires and billionaires. For more than ten years the richest 1 percent have received $750 billion from these tax cuts.
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Friday, August 03, 2012
The State of America's Children 2012
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”
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Sunday, July 08, 2012
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
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
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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