Fighting Back Against Voter Suppression
State deadlines for voter registration are bearing down on us while voter suppression efforts across the country continue to threaten our nation’s voice and our civil rights in this year’s election. Each and every one of us must do our part and work hard to ensure that everyone who is eligible can cast a vote in November. We urge you to use our toolkits for all 50 states to register yourself and everyone you know as part of CDF’s non-partisan voter registration drive.
Fighting voter suppression laws in the states is crucial if we are to preserve our American democracy. We must educate those being targeted about their rights and responsibilities. Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sat on the “Saving Democracy” panel at CDF’s National Conference in July and sees the struggle clearly: “Democracy is in a crisis,” she says. “We are facing the biggest challenge to our nation since its inception.” Watch the YouTube video of Arnwine at the conference, purchase the DVD of the entire panel, and read Marian Wright Edelman’s recent Child Watch® Column, “Mapping the War on the Right to Vote.”
2012 Children’s Sabbath Manual
Lift up the children in your faith community and answer the call to pursue justice. The 2012 Children’s Sabbaths manual serves as a guide for you and your faith community to celebrate the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® weekend and engage in long-term child and family advocacy work that goes beyond just one weekend. The manual includes resources for Christian, Jewish, and other faiths to use in worship services or prayers, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives. The resources can be used within one's own faith community or in multi-faith events.
Open a New CDF Freedom Schools® Site
Start a CDF Freedom Schools program in your community next summer—be a part of a unique and rewarding experience that teaches children to love to read, learn, grow and develop a positive self-image.
If you’re interested in starting one, do these three things: share the vision and mission of CDF, find a sponsor, and fill out an application. Review our operating principles thoroughly before turning in your application. For more information about joining the family, visit our webpage and consider attending an upcoming interest meeting at CDF Haley Farm.
Join Our “Be Careful What You Cut” Campaign
“Be Careful What You Cut” is CDF’s new campaign to remind our political leaders and lawmakers that cuts to social programs today will cost us all tomorrow. Get involved by changing your profile picture, cover photo, and avatar on Facebook and Twitter and by asking your local newspaper to donate space to help spread the message. Visit our website to update your avatar and learn more about the campaign and what actions you can take right now.
Buy your “Be Careful What You Cut” tote bag here.
Marian Wright Edelman on “Women Who Made America”
Marian Wright Edelman tells her story of growing from child to child advocate in the PBS/AOL Makers.com profile. Watch and share these powerful video segments.
New Poverty Data
Brace yourself for the worst—new poverty numbers are due September 12 and we don’t anticipate anything good. Be ready to do what is necessary to pursue justice for our most vulnerable—children and the poor. Form a Children’s Action Team (CAT) today.