Child Poverty Research Data & Publications
"I am not in the habit of doing movie reviews but I recommend everyone see Michael Moore's documentary "SiCKO" about our health care system which leaves 45 million Americans uninsured including 9 million children. The film shows how sick people and taxpayers are victimized by powerful corporate interests guided by profits rather than preventing and curing health problems."
"As Congress considers the renewal of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) over the next few weeks and months, we are pushing legislators to cover all nine million uninsured children. However, Congressional leaders are only attempting to come up with enough funds to cover some of the children who are already eligible for SCHIP but are not enrolled."
"As a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, I saw courageous college students organizing Freedom Schools in Mississippi to prepare desperately poor, semi-literate, and disenfranchised Black people for active citizenship and to fight for the right to vote. I didn't know at the time that we'd need Freedom Schools 40 years later."
"In President George W. Bush's May 31st National Child's Day proclamation, he pledged to provide our children "with the care, protection and education they deserve." He also called upon "citizens to celebrate National Child's Day with the appropriate ceremonies and activities.""
"Marc Bostic has the look of someone shaped on the football field and by years of practicing martial arts. He's a handsome, well-educated man who had been the senior executive manager for a construction company. On first impression, one wouldn't suspect that he was anything but the picture of health and success."
"Health coverage in America shouldn't be like the stock market that dispassionately picks winners and losers. But insufficient funding of government health insurance programs combined with barriers limiting access to coverage has created a system where some children get health care and others don't."
"About this time each year, Hollywood releases blockbuster movies featuring superheroes—typically a man in tights and maybe a cape opposing a master villain. Fiction aside, what is needed are real world heroes with what it takes to oppose a truly daunting foe. As the members of the class of 2007, I invite you to take a heroic stand for something bigger than yourselves and join the fight for social justice."
"Children get sick occasionally. Parents expect it and always hope they never get anything more than a cold, but they want to be prepared for the worst. Part of that preparation is making sure their children have health insurance. Millions of low- and moderate-income families can't afford private insurance and are eligible for Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)."
"The Children's Defense Fund is in the midst of a national campaign to convince Congress and the President to enact legislation this year to extend health care coverage of all children in America, including the nine million who currently are uninsured."
"Keeping What They've Earned: Tax Credits for Working Families in South Carolina," from March 2007, reports on how low-income families lose billions each year in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees, and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The report warns low-income families to avoid Refund Anticipation Loans whose high interest rates cause families to forfeit a significant percentage of their refunds in order to receive their money a little earlier. The report provides action items that lifts children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the money they've earned.