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Monthly Newsletter - August 2009

New Report Finds Katrina's Children are Still Struggling

Katrina Report 2009Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Region, CDF's Southern Regional and Louisiana offices and the Katrina Citizens Leadership Corps (KCLC) have released a report, What It Takes to Rebuild a Village After a Disaster: Stories from Internally Displaced Children and Families of Hurricane Katrina and Their Lessons for Our Nation, outlining many of the ongoing basic needs and how our nation must do better. Three of the most serious problems still facing these children and famlies are housing, health care and education.

In 2007, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the CDF Southern Regional and Louisiana offices organized an effort to address the plight of the thousands of remaining displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. The effort produced the KCLC, made up of over 250 displaced residents from the Gulf Coast Region. The group sought to highlight and offer strategic solutions to the maze of problems and issues confronting displaced families and children as they try to make their way home.

Prepare Yourself for the "Economic Argument" with Our New Resources

New ResourcesNeed some more resources to make your case that all children should have affordable, head-to-toe health coverage? (We know, it should be a no-brainer.) Check out CDF's new resources on the economic argument! Learn helpful facts on how the current economy is affecting families and their health coverage as well as how health reform will help put our country back on the path to economic recovery. Also, check out our top facts on how providing all children with quality health coverage is not only the right thing to do, but the smart and cost-effective thing to do!

Two Opportunities to See CDF President Marian Wright Edelman

Mrs. Edelman Joins the Dalai Lama at Mind & Life Institute Event

Dalai LamaMrs. Edelman will join the Dalai Lama to discuss how our individual and collective responsibility to humanity as a whole, and to the environment, will be essential to our survival in the globally interdependent world of the 21st century. They will also discuss how to prepare young people to take up and meet these challenges through novel forms of teaching and learning such as those involving contemplative practices in both formal and informal educational environments.

Visit the Mind & Life Institute’s website for more information and to register.

Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference

Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), CDF Board Member and Founder of the Angelrock Project, Malaak Compton-Rock, CDF Board Member and President of the Harlem Children's Zone Geoffrey Canada and Mrs. Edelman will be speaking on the topic of "Bailout for our Youth: Rescuing Youth from Carnage and Chaos" at the Congressional Black Caucus annual legislative conference. These experts will be discussing youth violence and how it affects our communities, families, schools and neighborhoods.

For more information on the conference and to register, visit the CBC website.

Are You Participating in a Children's Sabbath Weekend?

Children's Sabbaths at UMC Columbus, OHEach of our religious traditions teaches us that children are sacred gifts from God. As adults, we bear responsibility for their nurturing and protection. As a person who stands for justice and compassion, CDF invites you to stand together with us in your places of worship on October 16-18 as part of the 2009 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths weekend!

By participating in this inspiring weekend, you will be part of a powerful, diverse, multi-faith voice for children across the nation. Through services of worship, educational programs and congregational activities, you can affirm your community's commitment to children while challenging members to take new actions to meet the needs of children in your community, state and our nation.

Download or order the Children’s Sabbaths Manual and check out our Children's Sabbaths promotional resources on our website.

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