Forward for Children | September 2017
Assault on Medicaid and the ACA Stopped; Action Now
Needed on CHIP!
We did it again! There was good news this week when Senate
Republicans announced they did not intend to vote before September 30th on
the Graham-Cassidy health care repeal bill, putting an end to efforts, at least
for now, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we
know it. Your calls and other opposition from child health, child welfare and
education organizations, disability advocates, health and disease groups, the
AARP, Medicaid directors and insurance companies, selected Governors and others
really made the difference. Thank you for continuing to stand for children and
tell Congress to #KeepKidsCovered! While the imminent threat of Graham-Cassidy
may be over, we must remain vigilant! Some Republican Senators have already
indicated they may try to use the upcoming 2018 budget negotiations to enable
another run later this year at dismantling Medicaid and the ACA.
It is time now to move forward funding for the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP), which was pushed aside during the mobilization to
stop the Graham-Cassidy bill. Congress must move swiftly now to pass the
Kids’ Insurance Dependable and Secure Act (S.1827), authored
by Senators Hatch (R-Utah) and Wyden (D-Oregon), which includes a strong extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP) for five years. Health
coverage for nine million children hangs in the balance. Contact your Senators
and Representatives NOW and urge them to help get CHIP over the
finish line. Current federal funding ends after September 30th and there
is great urgency in states to see funding continued immediately so they can
avoid noticing families of impending CHIP cut offs.
Move Forward With Hope
In a few weeks people of all faiths will come together for
the 26th National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration
“Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child.” This year’s
celebration will be October 20-22. Encourage your faith community to participate. For
more than two decades, people of faith across the religious spectrum have been
uniting through the Children’s Sabbath in shared
concern for the problems children and families endure and shared conviction that each of our great
religious traditions calls us to acts of love and justice -— especially for
those who are young, impoverished, vulnerable, marginalized and excluded. They
also share the commitment to
responding with action (on the Children’s Sabbath weekend and throughout the
year) to reach out and speak up for justice to improve the lives of children.
We welcome you.
this year's free, easy-to-use multi-faith resources.
Children Remain the Poorest
Age Group in America
The U.S. Census Bureau reported this month that more than
13.2 million children—18.0 percent of all children—lived in poverty in 2016,
despite some progress in reducing poverty. There were 40.6 million people in
poverty—still more than before the recession began in 2007, and one in three
was a child. Nearly one in five children under 5 was poor. Poverty is defined as an annual income below
$24,563 for an average family of four, or less than $2,047 a month or $ 67.30 a
day. 8.2 percent of children lived in extreme poverty at half the poverty line
or lower. Children of color made up nearly 70 percent of
all poor children in 2016. 30.8 percent of Black children, 26.6 percent
of Hispanic children, and 11.1 percent of Asian children were poor. In 2020,
children of color will be the majority of all children.
The Census Bureau also made clear we know steps that can be taken to reduce child poverty.
It reported data from the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) which expands on
the Official Poverty Measure by analyzing the impact of various government and
other programs on family resources. The SPM suggests in 2016 for example,
1.5 million children were pulled out of poverty with the help of the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); 1.0 million with the help of housing
subsidies; 783,000 with the National School Lunch Program; 133,000 with the WIC
Program; 494,000 with the Supplemental Security Income Program; 307,000 with
TANF and general assistance and 4.4 million with the Earned Income Tax Credit
and other refundable credits. We must build on this success, and not move
backwards as Congress threaten to do by proposing cuts in some of these very
programs that we know work to help give children a better life.
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justice? Want to make a difference? Eager to learn more about the history
of nonviolent action, policy issues that impact children’s well-being, and how
to engage leaders at the local, state and federal levels? Put your passion into
practice through the Children’s Defense Fund Child Defender Fellowship program.
starts on October 9th. Sign up today!
Children’s Defense Fund proudly joins
over 320 organizations calling on the Senate to act with urgency and pass a
Clean DREAM Act. On September 5, the President and the Attorney General rescinded
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, cutting short the
futures of more than 800,000 young people in America. “We must move forward,
not backwards in protecting our future generations — their success and the
success of our communities and our country depends on it,” said
Marian Wright Edelman.
Five Extraordinary Young People at the #CDFBeatTheOdds event in D.C.!
The Children’s Defense Fund invites you to join CDF President
Marian Wright Edelman for an inspirational evening honoring five extraordinary
Washington, D.C. area scholars who have overcome tremendous adversity and are
beating the odds. Bring your family,
friends and coworkers to the 2017 CDF
Beat the Odds® Celebration on November 7th at the Newseum in
Washington, D.C. to congratulate our future leaders and experience what hope
See you November 7th
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the last two decades the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom
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of children to dream big, follow their dreams, and make a difference in their
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