Are You Hype? | JULY 2016
Without a Doubt - We Have Been Revived!
More than 500 faith-based advocates gathered at CDF Haley
Farm last week to be part of our Beloved Community for the 22nd Annual
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry. Among the nearly
300 young adult leaders were about 80 seminary students who enriched our intergenerational
conversations about ending the violence of child poverty and racial, ethnic and
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III challenged participants to turn
moments into movements just as Civil Rights leaders Ella Baker and Dorothy
Height did — reminding us that women’s voices are vital in the children’s movement. Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack
electrified the chapel by tracing the roots of contemporary police violence and
hate back to the violence of slavery, the violence of seizure. Rev. Dr. Otis
Moss, Jr. warned the very survival of our children is at stake if we do nothing
to stop the violence and mistreatment.
We're grateful to all the great preachers, speakers and workshop leaders. With the generous support of the Bezos Family Foundation, we
offered a track of well-attended workshops on how faith leaders and advocates
can help build support for investments in early childhood development and
learning in their communities, and how to translate good ideas into action. Special
thanks to Rev. Clifford Barnett, Jane
Morrow and Mebane Boyd from New Hanover County, North Carolina, Smart Start, and Rev. Marilyn Cunningham, Karen Costello and Brigit Hurley
from Rochester, New York, who shared their good programming and advocacy for young children.
shout-out for Dr. John Kinney who reminded us of who we are, our purpose, and
to give more of ourselves to help see the change we want to see in America and
Civil Rights leader, Rev. James Lawson, Jr., who led workshops on nonviolent
organizing and delivered the final sermon reminding everyone that our nation
cannot be strong until we dismantle the injustices with compassion and truth.
CDF President in the News
Marian Wright Edelman and her husband, Peter Edelman were interviewed for the first time together as witnesses to Senator Bobby Kennedy's hunger tour in Mississippi that precipitated huge expansions in the safety net for hungry children and families in America.
The Edelmans: 50 years of fighting for
equality Market Place
Mrs. Edelman said the country is
at a crossroads. "I think that we are teetering on the brink
of either moving forward or moving backwards as a nation," she said.
"It's time for a new movement to address poverty and massive economic and
wealth inequality. This is a very real and dangerous point in our country and
the time for citizens to step up, for all of us to step up and say we are not going to
tolerate our children and grandchildren having to fight these battles all over
Poverty-stricken past and present in the
Mississippi Delta PBS NewsHour
In April of 1967, Senator Robert Kennedy visited the Delta to have a look for
himself at how bad the poverty was...Marian
Wright had been working in the Delta, opening Head Start offices to help
low-income families. She’s the one who convinced Kennedy to come to
Mississippi. There is a little bit of romance in this story. Marian Wright
and Peter Edelman met on that trip to the Delta. They have been
married for almost 40 years. Marian Wright Edelman went on to create the
Children’s Defense Fund.
Are You Hype?
More than 11,000 children in 28 states, the
District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are nearing the end of their six
weeks of CDF Freedom Schools® experience. Nearly 2,000 college students,
trained by CDF, are empowering them in a fun-infused, culturally diverse and
literacy rich program. The children learn how they can make a difference in
themselves, their families, communities, nation and world. Learn more about how CDF Freedom Schools programs are improving the lives of vulnerable
children in this small sample of CDF
Freedom Schools stories. It’s not too late to get on the Road to Freedom to support this crucially important work.
Children lead peace
march in Minneapolis MPR News (7/20/16)
About 150 teenagers, and children as young as five, participated in their
first-ever peace march in north Minneapolis Wednesday. The young
demonstrators, sweating in the day's heat, carried colorful signs that read
Black Minds Matter, Equal Rights For All and Vote for My Future. The
event was part of a national day of social action organized by the Children's
Local Students March,
Write Letters to Head of St. Anthony Police Department KSTP local ABC station (7/08/16) "Look
at all of the people crying, all of these sad faces." Another scholar
read her letter aloud, saying, "Do you feel sorry for what you
did?" Another child read his letter aloud, saying, "Look at all
of us little kids; we want to go to sleep without fear." At just 9
and 10 years old, they're sharing their thoughts and questions about the
shooting death of Philando Castile by a police officer. The Children's Defense
Fund Freedom Schools® Program is rooted in the American Civil Rights Movement.
It's a six-week program with a multicultural curriculum that promotes a sense
Camps teach kids to
put their faith into action Religion News Service (7/05/16)
The CDF schools emphasize literacy to help
impoverished kids toward a more secure future. But the content of the books
they read is civil rights history, and the Freedom Schools invite the
young scholars into issue-based political advocacy and community
service. “They will definitely get some practice in engaging in social
change,” said Reginald Blount, an assistant professor of youth formation at
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, which is hosting its first CDF
Freedom School this summer in Evanston, Ill., through the first week in August.
Freedom School, being
piloted in territory, offers different way of learning The
Virgin Island Consortium (7/12/16) “Freedom
School is a Lieutenant Governor’s Office initiative introduced as a pilot
program in the Virgin Islands, in St. Croix and St. Thomas,” said Site
Coordinator Dorine Cuffy. The program seeks to build strong, literate, and
empowered children prepared to make a difference.
Actions to Take NOW!
Congress may be out for the summer recess, but they still need to hear from you. Take action TODAY!
Call or Tweet your members of Congress today (202) 224-3121! Tell them to support common-sense solutions to reducing gun violence in America, including barring suspected terrorists from purchasing guns; requiring persons to undergo a background check to buy a gun whether they are shopping at a gun show, online, or at a licensed gun dealer; and reinstating a federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Call (202) 224-3121 or Tweet NOW! Together we can ensure more children have access to high-quality child care allowing their parents to work and children to develop in safe, supportive environments. Tell Congress to support a $1.2 billion increase for the Child Care Development and Black Grant (CCDBG) to ensure all eligible children have access to high-quality child care. Urge your Senators and Representatives to support the increase when they return to Congress after Labor Day.
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Watch this video featuring Children's Defense Fund president Marian Wright
Edelman and AASA, The School Superintendents Association Executive Director Dan Domenech for a sneak peek of the Insure
All Children school health enrollment toolkit.
CDF, in partnership with AASA, will launch Insure All Children, a school health-based outreach and enrollment toolkit, to help school districts across the country identify
and enroll uninsured children in health insurance to ensure they are Happy,
Healthy, and Ready to Learn! The Insure All Children toolkit, supported by The
Atlantic Philanthropies, contains lessons learned from the 14 school districts
large and small, urban and rural in California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas where CDF and AASA have launched school health insurance initiatives.
up today to get alerted for the launch of the toolkit or look for
updates on Twitter when you search for #InsureAllChildren.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication toward improving the lives of vulnerable children across the country.
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