Marian Wright Edelman's Child Watch® Columns
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.
Child Watch Column Archives
We must face the hard truth that firearms are so easy to acquire in the United States that lethal mass shootings are mathematically inevitable. Our nation was stunned by Cho Seung Hui's shooting spree at Virginia Tech University where he killed 32 students and professors and wounded 15.
"For too many of the nine million uninsured children in America, the lack of health coverage can literally mean the difference between life and death. Children are dying because their health coverage under Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ran out, was not renewed in a timely manner or simply does not cover the services a child needs."
What goes through a police officer's mind when he's handcuffing a child? That's not a rhetorical question. On March 13th, a police officer arrested seven-year-old Gerard Mungo, Jr., at his home in a low-income Black neighborhood in East Baltimore, Maryland.
"Our children need you to stand up and demand Congress and President Bush provide all of them health care this year. Children cannot wait. There is no excuse for nine million children to be uninsured in the richest nation on earth."
"If you want to hear about a drug crime or armed robbery by a teen, listen to the 11:00 p.m. news on most nights or go to the Metro section of most newspapers. But if you want to hear about exemplary or ennobling behavior by young people, you may have to do some searching."
"How did America get to the point where Deamonte Driver, a seventh grader in Prince George's County, Maryland, died because he didn't have health insurance to cover an $80 tooth extraction and his mother couldn't find a dentist to treat him?"
"Katrina's children are still waiting for their country to come to their rescue with life and hope giving health and mental health care and a secure place called home."
"The Children's Defense Fund is working tirelessly to raise awareness about the ways families across the country are struggling to get their children the health care they need. Here's the story of a California family where three daughters all struggle with serious health issues without health coverage."
"On February 27, another candidate joined the ranks of those running for the office of President of the United States. The candidate has a platform focused on one issue—health coverage for all children this year.The candidate is ten-year-old Susie Flynn."
"The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is fighting to make health coverage for all children a reality in America in 2007. Chronic budget shortfalls, often confusing enrollment processes, and dramatic variation in eligibility and coverage from state to state prevent millions of children currently eligible for Medicaid and for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) from living healthy and realizing their full potential in school and life."
"How well do your members of Congress protect children? The Children's Defense Fund Action Council (CDFAC)'s new 2006 Congressional Scorecard grades every member of the House and Senate on how well they voted to protect children based on 10 key votes in each House."
"As the nation's mayors met in Washington, D.C. in January to discuss solutions to gun violence at their annual conference, the Children's Defense Fund released Protect Children, Not Guns 2007, our new annual report that details how each and every day we continue to lose children and teens to senseless gun violence in towns, cities, and rural areas all across America."
"Those gains we have made were never graciously and generously granted. We have had to fight every inch of the way — in the face of sometimes insufferable humiliations." Judge Jane Bolin was the first Black woman graduate of Yale Law School and the first Black woman judge in the United States."
"As the new political year gets off to a start, many leaders are spending a lot of time talking about what they want to accomplish for the American people. Our leaders do not know how to extricate from the Iraq and Afghanistan quagmire, stop nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, or bring a lasting peace in the Middle East. But we do know how to solve the crisis of uninsured children."
""For these children, our children, and for all of America's children, the House will come to order!" With these words Representative Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by her six grandchildren, made history the first week of January as she accepted her election as the first female Speaker of the House in American history. Women across the country cheered as she was handed the Speaker's gavel, making her the second person in line for the Presidency after Vice President Cheney and the most powerful woman ever in American politics...."