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Monthly Newsletter - October 2010

Step Forward for Children on November 2nd!

Vote November 2nd!

Children cannot vote in the congressional midterm elections occurring next week, but we all can and we must. “We must vote to guarantee our elected officials commit to protecting babies as much as bankers and investing in children as generously as corporations,” CDF President Marian Wright Edelman explains in her recent Child Watch® column. “If you don’t vote for and protect children who will?”

The stakes have never been greater. The number of children in poverty in 2009 rose an unprecedented 10 percent from the previous year to 15.5 million or more than one in five. Remind your friends and family how important it is to vote during an off-year election and how casting their vote is an important step for children. Each step that improves the lives of children impacts not just tomorrow but today. Step forward for children on November 2nd!

CDF's Bi-Annual Report

CDF's 2008-2009 Bi-Annual Report

CDF recently released its 2008-2009 Bi-Annual Report illustrating how we “hunkered down to protect children and the poor in a time of growing need.” CDF receives its support from individual donations and foundation and corporate grants. We have never taken government funds. Learn how CDF uses donations to support our programs and campaigns and support our work!

CDF President Marian Wright Edelman Touts Education Before Thousands at One Nation Working Together Rally

Earlier this month, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman addressed thousands of attendees at the One Nation Working Together rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. She spoke of the urgent need to improve education for children in America, saying, “The greatest threat to America’s national security comes from no enemy without, but from our failure to invest in and educate ALL of our children.” You can view the entire speech here. The One Nation rally fell on the same weekend as the much anticipated release of the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” The film documents the dire state of public education in America, and features CDF Board Chair and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone Geoffrey Canada. You can visit the movie’s Web site to learn more. Also, be sure to check out CDF’s priorities for education reform.

Beat the Odds® Awards Ceremonies

Beat the Odds

The CDF Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. Started in 1990, Beat the Odds identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders. CDF holds five high-profile annual awards events to send a clear signal that someone cares and understands what it takes to stay in school and do well while struggling against great personal odds. This year’s honors programs already have been held in Minnesota and Texas and will soon be held in Washington, D.C. (Nov. 9), California (Dec. 2), and New York (Dec. 6). Learn more about this year's upcoming events and recipients and how you can support the Beat the Odds program.

Faith-based Programs for Child Advocacy

Proctor Institute

The 2011 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is scheduled to be held July 18-22 at CDF’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tenn. Learn more about the inspirational speakers we have lined up for next year and the movement-building agenda.

Last weekend, October 17-19, thousands of churches, synagogues, mosques and temples across the country participated in the 2010 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® celebrations. Sponsored by CDF, the annual National Observance of Children's Sabbaths celebrations is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine, and provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children. (Tell us how your place of worship participated in an email to If your place of worship didn't participate in the designated weekend, the downloadable resources can still be used in the coming year. Check them out on our Web site. Work with your place of worship now to mark the calendar to participate in the special 20th anniversary National Observance of Children's Sabbaths weekend October 21-23, 2011.

Holiday Cards

Check out our holiday cards

As the holidays approach you might want to lift the spirits of friends and colleagues by mailing to them greeting cards available from the Children's Defense Fund. In this busy season, please keep the children of our nation in mind and raise the awareness of others. Please visit the Greeting Card section of our online store and see what other treasures we offer there.

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