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Children's Defense Fund
Monthly Newsletter


In This March 2007 Edition:

> Healthy Child Campaign Update: CDF Announces 10-Year-Old Presidential Candidate

> StoryCorps: Coming to a Town Near You?
> Browse an On-Line Motherhood Exhibit
> Roundtable: African American Cultural History in Literature
> Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry
> New Child Welfare and Mental Health Resources

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Healthy Child Campaign Update

Our Healthy Child Campaign to build awareness of America's more than nine million uninsured children and of CDF's proposal to enact health insurance coverage for all children has really taken off since our launch in January.

Elect SusieCDF Announces Presidential Candidate: Earlier this month, CDF launched "Elect Susie," a fictional presidential political campaign featuring "Susie Flynn," a 10-year-old girl who intends to make everyone in America aware of this issue so that it will no longer be ignored. Visit Susie's campaign website, ElectSusie.com to learn more about the campaign, sign her petition, watch her campaign ads and more!

Spitzer EndorseNew York State Is On-Board: Last week, CDF joined with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to support for each other's efforts to provide all children in New York State and throughout the United States with health care coverage. "The Children's Defense Fund and Marian Wright Edelman are our nation's foremost advocates for the needs and rights of children," said Governor Spitzer. "Their efforts have consistently pointed us toward effective and innovative solutions. The proposal put forward by CDF will move us toward a better solution for children's health coverage. That is a mission that I and New York State share, and we look forward to working closely with CDF on this proposal to improve our efforts."

Healthy Child Campaign Toolkit New Ways to Take Action: You can help support CDF's proposal and spread the word—visit our new and improved "Take Action" page on our website where you can send an email to your Members of Congress in support of health insurance for all children, find out how your organization can endorse CDF's proposal, and download toolkits that provide more information about the issue and our proposal, talking points to help get the message out, and tips on writing Letters to the Editor and contacting your Members of Congress. We even have a toolkit geared specifically towards faith communities!

StoryCorps: Coming to a Town Near You?

StoryCorpsLast month, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman helped StoryCorps (a national project to instruct and inspire people to record one another's stories in sound) launch StoryCorps Griot—a one-year initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to collect interviews from at least 1,750 African Americans. The StoryCorps Griot Initiative will make stops of up to six weeks in nine locations across the nation, partnering with radio stations, historically black colleges and universities, and other cultural institutions and membership organizations, to record and distribute the stories of 1,750 African Americans.

Learn more about StoryCorps Groit and how you can participate!

Browse an On-Line Motherhood Exhibit

IMOW logoLast week in San Francisco, Global Women's Action Network for Children (GWANC) participated in the launching of a Motherhood exhibit and Mother's Day spring campaign organized through the Imagining Ourselves project of the International Museum of Women. The three-month on-line Motherhood exhibit will feature art, writing and media from young women around the world that will include personalized stories on the issues important to women such as maternal health. Visit the Imagining Ourselves project to participate in discussions on maternal, infant and child health.

Roundtable: African American Cultural History in Literature

Children's Literature RoundtableIn late April, at CDF Haley Farm in Tennessee, CDF will host a Roundtable focused on the inclusion of African American cultural history in quality literature selections for children and young adults. The mission of the Roundtable is to generate interest in outstanding literature where African American children appear as protagonists or as heroes. The Roundtable, "Free Within Ourselves: African American Cultural History in Literature for Children and Young Adults," will provide a gathering place allowing parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, child care providers, all child advocates, as well as youth services providers and others interested in children's literature to meet award-winning authors, illustrators and educators. Learn more and register for this event on our website.

Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

Haley FarmJoin more than 500 religious leaders, seminarians, Christian educators, and other faith based advocates for children this July at CDF Haley Farm in Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops, and continuing education about children at the 13th Annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Explore how your faith relates to justice and children; hear inspiring preaching about children's concerns; gain accurate, up-to-date information on children's needs; and participate in workshops to acquire new skills, best practices, and strategies to implement programs to help children and strengthen families in your own congregation and communities. Don’t miss this transforming week.

New Child Welfare and Mental Health Resources

Online ReportsCDF has released three new sets of child welfare and mental health reports:

Photo Credits: StoryCorp (Rob Lowell) | Motherhood Exhibit (IMOW)

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