Get Out and VOTE for Children!
Decision Day is less than a week away and our voiceless, voteless children need you. You can be a VIP for children by doing the following: Verify everyone you know is registered, be sure they have the proper Identification card if it is required, and make sure that you and they know where to vote—the correct voting Precinct. If you can vote early, don’t procrastinate, just do it. Get to the polls and bring other voters with you. And on election day, make sure everyone you know can get to the polls and vote.
It’s hard to believe politicians would not be talking about child poverty, education and other children’s issues if children could vote. But they can’t. You can. Please make it count.
CDF’s Budget Principles
Before the dust settles from the election, President Obama and Congressional leaders need to find a solution to keep the country from going over a ‘fiscal cliff’ on January 1st that threatens the fragile economic recovery. Across-the-board tax increases when the Bush-era tax cuts expire and massive automatic spending cuts to many child investments are set to go into effect if no action is taken.
CDF believes any budget deal must improve the state of America’s children, not worsen it, by protecting all investments in children and low-income families from cuts, by investing in children to create jobs and promote economic growth for the nation, and by ensuring the richest Americans and corporations pay their fair share. View our budget principles in more detail, sign our petition to your Members of Congress, and get involved with the Be Careful What You Cut campaign by sharing the CDF Budget Principles with your networks.
A Month of Celebration
"My life may have been difficult but I have learned some of the most valuable lessons imaginable from my hardships. Many people when placed in my shoes would have failed to see the beauty in life and the grace in people; but by some miracle I have been blessed with love in my heart and hope for my future. My life may not have been an easy one, but i did the improbable. I beat the odds." - Kieu-thu ‘Kim’ Tran, 2012 Beat the Odds® Scholar
We are so thrilled to introduce our Beat the Odds scholarship honorees being recognized this month in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. They are amazing. Read their stories. Learn about the tremendous adversity they have overcome to find academic success and give back to their community. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments by making a donation to the Beat the Odds Scholarship and Leadership Development Fund so they and many others can pursue their college education and climb CDF’s ladder of leadership development. Click on any of the pictures below to read their story.
2012 Washington, D.C. Honorees
2012 Dallas, Texas Honorees
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many children and families are struggling to find food and shelter in those areas hardest hit. As we enter this Thanksgiving season and give thanks for our many blessings across this rich nation, please remember the millions of hungry children and families. Open your homes and your hearts to the most vulnerable in your community. Volunteer with your local food pantry or church and advocate on behalf of poor children and families throughout the year.
Conference Videos Now Available
Do you want to be inspired by the more than 70 speakers at the plenary sessions from our National Conference? Check out the video clips of all the speakers we have compiled on the wide range of critical challenges facing children. Watch Dr. Vincent Harding challenge all of us to commit ourselves to creating a country of equal opportunity and equal justice for all our children. All of the videos are timely as the election draws near—take a moment to watch them and share them to motivate your friends and networks to get out and vote for children. The full plenary sessions are available on DVDs. Order one, and organize a community meeting around it after the election to mobilize a children’s action team in your community. Together, we can build a strong, effective movement for children in America.