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Children's Defense Fund
September 16, 2010
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, 15.5 million children in America—or more than one in every five children—lived in poverty in 2009. This is an almost ten percent increase over 2008.
“Children are the foundation of America’s future and they need both our immediate attention and our courage to act,” said Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman. “This devastating but expected increase in the number of children living in poverty drives home the fact that we are failing miserably in our moral obligation to protect the most vulnerable among us. It is incomprehensible and morally indefensible that while we are debating whether to extend an average tax cut of $100,000 a year for individuals earning over a million dollars annually, 15.5 million children are living in families who struggle everyday to survive on a fraction of that single tax cut.”
“America can and must turn economic downturn into an opportunity to step forward and correct the gross imbalance of government subsidization of the wealthiest and most powerful among us by investing in our children. We must make it a national priority to invest now in the early childhood development, health, education, and well-being of our children.”
The Census Bureau data released today document just how far off course our country remains in protecting our children and investing in their future and our nation’s future. It reported the following details about child poverty in 2009:
This is an unsettling picture of child poverty in America. The Great Recession has thrust millions of children and families into poverty, jeopardizing the promise of a productive future for children and our nation. Unfortunately, millions more are likely to be impacted by the effects of the recession over the coming years unless and until we have the courage to act decisively and invest in the future of our children.
Learn more about how children are faring through CDF's recently released The State of America's Children® 2010 report. NOTE: Poverty data from this report is based on 2008 census data.
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, 15.5 million children in America—or one in every five children—lived in poverty in 2009. This is an almost ten percent increase over 2008.
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