November News from CDF | November 2016
Changing the Odds for Children
On November 16, the Children’s Defense Fund
honored former Secretary of State and CDF Alumna, and the first woman to win
the popular vote for President of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham
Clinton and five extraordinary youths at the 2016 Beat the Odds® Celebration in
Washington, D.C. The event
garnered major national and international press coverage of Hillary Rodham
Clinton’s first public appearance since the 2016 presidential election results.
The audience was deeply moved by her call for
everyone to work together and never give up. “Under Marian’s leadership,
the Children’s Defense Fund works to give every child a healthy start, a head
start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life. And I cannot think
of a more noble or necessary mission,” said Hillary Rodham Clinton.
We are grateful to all who supported our Beat the Odds
campaign including our speakers, performers and presenters. The Beat the Odds
scholars’ stories of hardship overcome captivated the audience and inspired new
support for CDF’s work — including presenter Debbi Jarvis, Vice President of
Corporate Relations, Pepco Holdings, who pledged a gift of $5,000 and Rev. Dr.
William Barber II who pledged to donate $1,000 a year for the next 10 years and
encouraged 100 others to do the same. CDF president and founder, Marian Wright
Edelman closed the evening with a rousing call to action.
If you missed it, you can watch video of the event on CDF’s
Facebook page. Thank you again to all who support our work to change the odds
for all of America’s children.
Act Now for Children
Never has the call to moral and political struggle for
justice been more urgent in our nation as now when forces of regression seek to
destroy racial and gender progress and dash the hopes of millions of children. Please sign the two petitions and/or organization sign-on letter below. The SAVE for All Coalition will collect signatures
into January 2017 to present to the new President and Congress. We need your
help to sign and to get others to sign. These are critically important
building blocks for our advocacy efforts — to stand up for and with low-income
and vulnerable people, including children, and show the breadth of support for
vital safety net programs.
Stand Up to Hate Petition
In the aftermath of the 2016 election schools across the
country have reported an increase in acts of intimidation and violence toward
students — often citing Donald Trump’s name. Too many children
are focused on fear rather than learning and some are avoiding school
completely. Adults in America must work together to make a difference by teaching
our children to love themselves and others as God loves us and treat others
respectfully and fairly. Take action now and sign this petition from Stand for Children
that urges President-elect Trump to unequivocally denounce acts of hatred to
help put an end to acts of intimidation and violence towards students. Sign and share this important petition today and stand up to
Sign On Letter & Petition
The SAVE for All Coalition is a group of more than 1,400
national, state and local organizations, including Children’s Defense Fund,
that believe in four principles for Strengthening America’s Values and Economy
for All. Federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and
vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3)
increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste
in the Pentagon and elsewhere. Please support these principles by signing the
SAVE for All letter and/or individual petition. The letter is for
national, state and local organizations to sign and the petition is for
individuals. Click here, please choose the appropriate one. Read
the group letter. Sign and share.
Advocating for Young Children
On November 28th and 29th CDF held a
meeting of women leaders of primarily organizations of African American women,
the third in a series of small convenings supported by the Bezos Family
Foundation. Previous meetings brought together parent advocates and faith
leaders, many of whom had not been engaged in early childhood advocacy. Our goal is to highlight the need for additional voices to push for investments in
young children at the federal, state and local levels and increase one on one
interactions between children and the adults in their lives. Each
began with a presentation on the importance of fostering healthy brain
development in young children, and the fact that their brains are
developing most rapidly during the first five years of their lives, shaped by
their experiences and environments. The Vroom
approach was emphasized as a way to make every moment a brain building moment
for young children. We believe a better understanding of the
developmental, fiscal and societal benefits of quality interaction in young
children helps reinforce the need for expansion of a full continuum of quality
early childhood programs.
Special Congratulations to Maya Lin
President Barack Obama presented the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to 21 individuals including
artist, designer and longtime CDF friend Maya Lin on November 22.
Congratulations to Ms. Lin on this important recognition. Maya Lin is perhaps
best known as the designer of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. We feel fortunate to have two exquisite Maya
Lin designed buildings at CDF Haley Farm, our training ground and home for
spiritual renewal in Tennessee: The exquisite Langston Hughes Library houses an
extensive collection of first edition culturally diverse, award-winning
children’s books and the ark-shaped Riggio-Lynch Chapel elegantly symbolizes
the safe haven every child deserves.
Changing the Odds for California's Children
Children’s Defense Fund - California 26th annual Beat the Odds® Ceremony
will be held tomorrow, December 1, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly
Hills, California. Join Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman,
emcee Conan O’Brien and other special guests to honor five Los Angeles high
school youths in recognition of their academic achievement despite overwhelming
challenges. Congratulations to Jose Aceves, Alexandra Flores, Cierra
Gunderson, Destiny Novillo and Florencia Valenzuela.
available by contacting Harvin Rogas at 310-559-9334. Please consider giving as
generously as you can to help support these youths and CDF-CA.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication toward improving the lives of vulnerable children across the country.
Please share our message and mission with your networks, and encourage everyone you know to give as generously as they can and double their impact with CDF this #GivingTuesday.