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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.

  • 10/02/15
    Child Watch® Column:
    Progress for Children's Health
    Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are.
  • 09/25/15
    Child Watch® Column:
    The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America
    Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation—the world’s largest economy.
  • 09/18/15
    Child Watch® Column:
    Young Black Males: Pushed Out and Pushed Away
    We need to stand up and fight against unjust systems that often push young people out of school and onto the path to prison. We also need to make sure we are doing all we can as individuals to show love and care and support to young people—especially Black and Hispanic—who already often feel pushed out and pushed away.

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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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September 2015
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January 2015   February 2015   March 2015   April 2015
January Actions   We Never Give Up   Recommit to Children   Child Defender News
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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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10 Best and Worst   What Parents And Teachers Need to Know   This Round Goes in Favor of Gun Safety   Tune In at 10:30
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Freedom Summer   Get in Trouble Today   Children at the Border   Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate August
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Progress and Possibilities for Children   Building a Better Tomorrow   Your Chance to Make a Difference   A Season for Change

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Thank you for your interest in inviting a CDF speaker to your event. Note that if a request requires CDF staff to make a trip out of town, CDF asks that the requesting organization pay all expenses for travel and hotel accommodations.

Requests for Marian Wright Edelman to speak should be emailed to Michele Smith at Please include the date, time and location of the event, as well as background on the event/organization and the expected attendance. If Mrs. Edelman accepts, you will be responsible for lodging and round-trip travel expenses for Mrs. Edelman and a staff member, plus a $35,000 donation (honorarium) to the Children’s Defense Fund in lieu of a traditional speaker's fee.

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