On March 13th,
CDF President Marian Wright Edelman received the Harvard Graduate School of
Education’s Medal of Education Impact. Mrs. Edelman received the
school’s highest award from Dean Kathleen McCartney "for making a lasting difference in the field of education
and on the lives of learners across the nation and beyond." It was a
coming-home of sorts for Mrs. Edelman as she reflected on the roots of CDF
which began in Cambridge with Harvard Graduate School of Education support. The
ceremony was followed by the Askwith Forum on school violence. Mrs. Edelman was
joined by John Merrow and Elaine Zimmerman, the Executive Director of the Connecticut
Commission on Children. Since the massacre in Newtown, she and others have
worked with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Listen
to the children through her heart-wrenching witness.
Youth Spotlight: Kim Tran
As part of our 40th
anniversary year, we will be celebrating in each newsletter the work our young advocate leaders
are doing. This month recent Beat the Odds®
recipient Kim Tran was honored with the Loudoun (Va.) Future Leaders award. Kim shares this award
with her surrogate family from Dominion High School in Sterling, Va. Over the
past two years, teachers, counselors and administrators at the high school have
offered housing, provided rides to work and even at the worst times, given this
extraordinary young woman gift cards for food and clothing, while Kim has
worked hard to excel academically and make a difference in her community. And
Kim has been accepted by her first choice college, Virginia Tech. Watch Kim’s story and
join us in congratulating Kim for never giving up on her road to college!
Make a Difference This Week
In March, we continued our sustained call for common-sense
gun safety laws as we supported a successful ‘Moms
Take the Hill’ event where moms demanded action from their members of
Congress. CDF-Ohio testified before the Ohio State Senate about the urgent need
for gun access prevention measures to save lives of Ohio children. Read their
issue brief to figure out what you can do in your state. CDF-California
organized a school
safety forum for youth and community leaders in Oakland. Melanie
Hartzog, the new head of our New York office, galvanized marchers at a rally
in Rochester to support the tough new common sense gun safety laws recently
passed in the state. We will never forget the thousands of children lost to
this epidemic of gun violence each year in America.
This week we are lifting up Ana Marquez-Green who was killed
at Sandy Hook Elementary School and would have celebrated her seventh birthday
on April 4th. Advocates are taking a copy of
Marian Wright Edelman’s book "I
Can Make A Difference" to members of Congress at their home offices. Ana's
mother feels the book honors her daughter, an avid reader, and all of the children
killed by gun violence who now won’t get to grow up to make a positive
difference in America.
to visit with your Senators in your home district this week and we will
follow-up to make sure you are well prepared. You can make a difference by
helping to protect children instead of guns.
Save the Dates
We have several events coming up that you’ll want to mark on
CDF Freedom Schools® National Training
There is nothing like seeing more than 1,500 college-aged
youth pumped up to learn the CDF Freedom Schools curriculum and bring a
love of reading back home to children in their community. Be a part of this
transformative week, June 2 – 9. Find out what
it takes to start a summer program and help close the achievement gap in your community. Email Dana Hall for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School
Did you know that Black males age 18 and older in 2008
represented only five percent of the total college student population, but 36
percent of the total prison population? Find out what you can you do to help
close the achievement gap facing Black males in high school on Monday,
June 24th when CDF will co-sponsor with the Educational
Testing Service (ETS) our third Black male symposium at the National Press
Club in Washington, D.C. This year we will look at the perilous high school
years and programs that work.
of the 2013 Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry is, "Beating
Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty."
seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based
advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, July 15-19
for spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing
Hear from Marian
Wright Edelman and a compelling list of speakers about ending the deadly
toll of guns that take a child’s life every 3 hours and 15 minutes and the
violence of poverty that harms 1 in every 5 children in our nation.
with powerful skills for non-violent community organizing from Civil Rights
leader the Rev. Dr. James Lawson. Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of
nonviolence in the world” and it was King who invited Lawson into leadership in
the movement. Come learn from the master strategist in a plenary session
and afternoon workshops.
Make this a
family retreat and bring your children for a learning experience they will
never forget, a special four day CDF Freedom Schools experience. Learn more and register today.
news, coming soon.
A lot happened in March with the federal budget. The House
and Senate averted a shutdown of the federal government by passing a budget
agreement for FY 2013 and letting across the boards spending cuts (the Sequester) go into
effect for the rest of the fiscal year. The House and Senate passed budgets for
FY 2014 that represent, competing visions for the country. The House passed Ryan budget
continued an assault on children and families with draconian cuts in child
investments. Our friends at Every Child Matters are organizing a ‘Don’t Cut Us’
rally in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. Learn
more about this event and send
a message to your representatives telling them ‘Be Careful What You
Cut’. Get the latest on the budget battles with our Children’s
Budget Watch updates.