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Child Watch® Columns
Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the President of CDF. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.

Her Child Watch column is sent every Friday to subscribers and posted to The Huffington Post weekly.

  • 03/16/18
    Child Watch® Column:
    Our Children’s Cry: Do Something
    On March 14th, Americans witnessed a remarkable scene as tens of thousands of students across our country walked out of their classrooms to honor the tragic and preventable loss of 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one month earlier and to demand that adults, especially political leaders, take common sense and life saving steps against epidemic gun violence in our nation. Students from Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas demonstrated outside the White House and marched on the U.S. Capitol to get politicians to protect them.
  • 03/09/18
    Child Watch® Column:
    Their Lives and Futures Remain on Hold
    By rescinding the DACA program, the President and Attorney General made clear their willingness to cut short the futures of more than 800,000 young people in America like Daniela and deny DACA benefits to additional Dreamers in line. These young people came to America as children with their parents and are following their dreams.
  • 03/02/18
    Child Watch® Column:
    A 50 Year Plea Persists
    “In 1968, the Kerner Commission concluded that America was heading toward ‘two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.’ Today, America’s communities are experiencing increasing racial tensions and inequality, working-class resentment over the unfulfilled American Dream, white supremacy violence, toxic inaction in Washington, and the decline of the nation’s example around the world.”

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The CDF Monthly eNewsletter provides an update on CDF's efforts to be a voice for children, issues affecting America's children and how you can take action on those issues.

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February 2018
Stoneman Douglas Tragedy Demands Action

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Speak Out 4 Children   Child Action Time   We Never Give Up   URGENT NEWS: Peril and Progress for Children
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Roadmap for Resistance   Stop the War on Children   We Won One for Children   Houston Strong
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2016 Strong Start for Children   Marching Towards Change   Children Can't Wait   Children's Defense Fund News
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Road to Freedom   Historic Step 4 Children   Are You Hype?   Big Day 4 Children
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Children Matter. Act Now!   A Momentous Month 4 Children   Who Says Summer's Slow?   Summer of Success
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