Historic Step 4 Children | June 2016
Stand in Solidarity: Inaction is NOT an Option. #DisarmHate
“For months, even for years, through several sessions of Congress, I wondered what will bring this body to take action. What will finally make Congress do what is right, what is just, what the people of this country have been demanding, and what is long overdue?” Congressman John Lewis’ call to action in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 22 was the beginning of an extraordinary event in our nation’s capital.
In the wake of the deadliest terror attack since 9/11
members of Congress staged a sit-in to protest the lack of action to reduce the
scourge of terror, hate and bullets that break hearts and communities each day
in our country. Doing nothing cannot be
an option. We can and must do better by expanding background checks to
cover sales at gun shows and over the internet, denying those on the “No Fly”
lists the right to buy guns, and reinstating the ban on semi-automatic weapons
and high-capacity magazines.The sit-in followed by a week an almost 15-hour filibuster by Senator Chris Murphy to force a Senate vote on gun violence prevention amendments.
Members of the House have vowed to continue
their nonviolent protest after the July 4th recess. Support the
protestors. Tell the others, enough is enough, Vote for Common Sense Gun Safety
Historic Step Forward for Vulnerable Children
On June 21, the House
passed the bipartisan Family
First Prevention Services Act of 2016, H.R. 5456,
by a voice vote. This is an historic first step for vulnerable children who
come to the attention of the child welfare system because of abuse and neglect.
For the first time, it opens up federal dollars that had been used primarily
for out-of-home care for prevention services to keep children at risk of foster
care placement safely with their families. The bi-partisan
Family First Prevention Services Act was introduced in the House by Rep. Vern
Buchanan (R-FL) and Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI). An identical bill, S. 3065, has also been
introduced in the Senate by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) and
hopefully will be passed before Congress recesses for the summer in mid-July. The bill also includes important provisions to
encourage children who need foster care to be placed in the least restrictive,
most family-like settings that meet their special needs. Once Senators return
on July 5th, they only have until July 18th before they
adjourn for the summer. Please support our most vulnerable children by calling
your Senators and urging them to pass the Family First Prevention Services Act,
S. 3065, NOW.
U.S. v. Texas Blocks Help for Millions of Immigrant Families
The U.S. Supreme Court’s
decision in U.S. v. Texas prevents millions of immigrant families from moving
forward to a brighter future. The
Supreme Court by its 4-4 vote affirmed a Texas federal district court ruling
that had blocked President Obama’s November 2015 Deferred Action for
Parents of Americans program (DAPA) and the expansion of Deferred Action for
Children (DACA). Parents of U.S.
citizens and lawful permanent residents, and other immigrants who came to the
U.S as children, continue to be denied the
right to apply for temporary work authorization and protection from
deportation. One in five undocumented immigrant adults has a U.S. citizen or
lawful permanent resident spouse and about 3.8 million undocumented immigrants
have children who are U.S. citizens. The expansion of the Deferred Action for
Children program would have allowed an estimated 290,000 people brought to this
country as children to apply for DACA. CDF had joined 75 other education,
health and child advocacy organizations on an amicus brief in the Supreme Court
in this case, which supported the President’s policy changes.
Marian Wright Edelman in the News
We need to make our schools child-centric, not adult-convenient.
Wright Edelman, June 10, 2016
This Fireside Chat addressing chronic absenteeism with U.S.
Secretary of Education John King, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development, Julian Castro and CDF President Marian Wright Edelman provides
innovative solutions to help increase high school graduation rates. The first-ever national chronic absenteeism
numbers and analysis were released during the chat. Learn More.
greatest national, economic, and military security problem we face does not
come from any enemy without, it comes from our failure to prepare millions and
millions of children for the future… This is going to be our undoing.
Wright Edelman, June 14, 2016
This superb Clinton Global Initiative America panel,
“Overcoming Poverty; Improving Opportunity,” is a robust discussion among CDF
President Marian Wright Edelman, Annie E. Casey Foundation President Patrick
McCarthy, PolicyLink Vice President for Programs Michael McAfee and American
Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. Watch
Minnesota Ranks #1 in Child Well-Being
the second year in a row, the national KIDS
COUNT Data Book ranks Minnesota number one in child well-being thanks to
state and local investments and policy changes in recent years to increase
health care access and improve economic stability. Bharti Wahi, executive
director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota (CDF-MN), the Minnesota KIDS
COUNT grantee, said, “However, we cannot be content with a high ranking that
masks chronic inequities for children of color in our state. We need to
increase access to opportunity and reduce systemic barriers so that all
Minnesota children have access to their basic needs and opportunities that help
them thrive.” Learn
more about KIDS Count data in Minnesota.
It's Not Too Late
You still have time to register
for the 22nd annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child
Advocacy Ministry, “Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice for Children from
the Sanctuary to the Street.” Join our Beloved Community July 18-22 at CDF
Haley Farm in Clinton, TN. This year’s lineup of Great Preachers, Children’s
Concerns Speakers and Workshop leaders will not only inspire you in your
advocacy for children in your community, but also lead you to discover
strategies, skills and effective models that will equip you in your faithful
work to end child poverty, dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, and
improve the lives of all children in
your community. If you are interested in
receiving Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for your participation at this
year’s event, we encourage you to register online with Garrett-Evangelical. Online
registration closes on July 12. If you are unable to come for five
days, please consider joining us for one or two days. Together we can improve
the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities. Register today!
Insuring All Children
a difference in your community: ensure the future by insuring all children with
health coverage now. CDF and AASA, the School Superintendents Association, will
offer a school health enrollment toolkit (#InsureAllChildren) in August that
contains lessons learned over a decade of enrolling eligible but uninsured
children in health coverage through schools and provides support for superintendents,
school districts and parents who are interested in starting similar School
Health Enrollment programs in their communities. Sign up now to receive a copy of the
toolkit set for an August release.