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One of the most-watched videos on YouTube a few years ago showed the struggle of a water buffalo family and herd to save a child. It's called the Battle at Kruger Park. It begins with a buffalo mother, father, and child meandering peacefully ahead of the herd unaware that a pride of six lions is stealthily easing up to attack them.
The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, just released the Ohio's KIDS COUNT: 2010 Data Book, an annual report that provides snapshots of the well-being of Ohio's children. With unemployment in Ohio reaching 10.6% last year, we found thousands of Ohio children and their families pushed to the front lines of economic suffering. The overall poverty rate for Ohio's children was 21.6% in 2009, jumping 16.8% in a single year and increasing 45.9% since 2001. The number of Ohio counties with at least 25% of children living in poverty more than doubled from 15 in 2008 to 31 in 2009.
As our nation pauses to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the dedication of a new memorial on the anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington, most will focus on only part of the story. When many Americans think of the historic March, they think of Dr. King standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial delivering his inspiring "I Have a Dream" words he spontaneously added at the very end of his speech.
From new backpacks to sharp pencils, parents across the country are doing their best to cross the items off their children's back-to-school checklists. They want to be sure that when the first day of school comes, their children will have everything they need to be ready to start and ready to learn. But as a country we're failing to do the same thing and in the current budget debate, some of our leaders are threatening to do just the opposite.
This manual serves as a guide for you and your faith community to engage in year-round child and family advocacy work and celebrating the National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Weekend. This easy-to-use manual includes resources for Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and other faith traditions to use in worship services or prayers, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives. The resources can be used with one's own faith community or in multi-faith events.
Suspended and expelled students are at greater risk of dropping out of school and dropping into the prison pipeline, and using automatic suspensions and expulsions for minor infractions often has a major negative effect on a child's entire future.
In the Children's Defense Fund (CDF)'s new report on The State of America's Children 2011, we give a comprehensive overview on the well-being of America's children. But just who are America's children and families today? Children make up almost one in four of the people living in the United States today. More than one-quarter of our nation's children are young—infants, toddlers, or preschoolers.
As we take stock of the current state of America's children and the desperate need to change direction for the future, some ancient wisdom can give us a blueprint for setting sail and getting our children to safe harbor. Everything our nation and all of us need to know about life can be learned from Noah's Ark according to an anonymous writer.
Introduction to the 2011 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths manual "Justice, Justice Shall You Persue". This section includes welcome letter from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, an overview of the manual, frequently asked questions, and examples of how faith communities have observed the Children's Sabbaths in the past.
"Promoting your Children's Sabbaths: Ideas for All Faiths", section of the 2011 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths® manual "Justice, Justice Shall You Persue". This section includes ways for you to spread the word about the Children's Sabbaths in your place of worship, reproducible materials such as bulletin inserts and newsletter inserts, and ways to reach out to the community and media.