Child Watch® Columns

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  • 07/13/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Standing on the Side of Love

    Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri, was a moving Great Preacher at the 2017 Proctor Institute.
  • 07/06/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    America Will Be!

    In 1935, the brilliant Black poet Langston Hughes wrote “Let America Be America Again.” Hughes wasn’t looking back to a nostalgic, idealized fantasy of America’s past. As he says in the refrain: “America never was America to me.”
  • 06/29/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Do You Care? How Much? What Will You Do Now?

    “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” were the puzzling and provocative words on the coat First Lady Melania Trump chose to wear when she visited the Texas border for the first time to be briefed about children cruelly separated from parents and shipped around the nation by the abusive Trump Administration’s zero tolerance anti-immigration policies and practices.
  • 06/22/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Evil Personified

    For many people of faith the suggestion that the God of the Scriptures would somehow endorse the Trump administration’s callous cruelty towards children and immigrant families is literally beyond belief. The Hebrew Scriptures stress over and over the importance of welcoming the stranger since we were once strangers ourselves.
  • 06/15/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    A Cruel Abandonment of the ‘Least of These’

    Please – everyone – help stop this evil practice of taking away children from parents in a strange land right now. Every one of us who understands that each of these children entering our country with a parent fleeing violence is a child of God just like every one of our own children and grandchildren should express our outrage at these cruel anti-child/anti-family policies immediately.
  • 06/08/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Senator Robert Kennedy

    As I walked into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where Robert Kennedy’s body lay in state, a weeping Charles Evers, slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers’ brother, clung to me asking over and over, “What are we going to do now?” Riding the train from New York City to Washington, D.C. bearing Robert Kennedy’s body, I was deeply moved by the stricken faces of young and old, Black and White who lined the train route and mirrored my stricken heart.
  • 05/25/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Remembering the Very Courageous Dovey Johnson Roundtree

    When Dovey Johnson Roundtree passed away on May 21 at age 104 our nation lost another far too unknown extraordinary groundbreaking Black woman leader.
  • 05/25/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    California’s Chance to Lead for Poor Children

    Hearing the cries of California’s poorest children and families, the California Senate voted last week to raise cash assistance levels to ensure no child receiving CalWORKs lives in deep poverty.
  • 05/18/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Help Us Keep Dr. King’s Promise

    As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the mule trains making their way from Marks, Mississippi to Resurrection City and the Poor People’s Campaign, we must honor Dr. King’s impassioned plea for America to “help bridge the gulf between the haves and have nots.”
  • 05/11/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Honoring Birmingham’s Great Children’s Crusade Which Changed Our Nation

    The Children’s Crusade happened at a critical time in the civil rights struggle in Birmingham. In April 1963 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, together with the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights and its great and fearless leader Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, had started a direct action desegregation campaign in the city.
  • 05/04/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Dr. James Cone

    The Rev. Dr. James Cone passed away on April 28, two days after the opening of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama created by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which remembers victims of lynching and racial terror in America who were at the core of Dr. Cone’s teachings.
  • 04/27/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Only the Truth Will Set Us Free

    On April 26 I was deeply honored to participate in the opening summit of the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. These profoundly moving new landmarks are the vision of Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI).
  • 04/20/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    No Turning Back

    A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last month, “K-12 Education: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities,” reminds us once again that suspensions and expulsions continue at high rates and offer grave risks to students.
  • 04/13/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Child Opportunity and Stability Starts at Home

    The Fair Housing Act prohibited discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, or sex. It followed up the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by addressing the persistent and pervasive housing inequality undergirded by federal policy that threatened to derail other efforts towards a more integrated and equal society. As he signed it President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “With this bill, the voice of justice speaks again. It proclaims that fair housing for all – all human beings who live in this country – is now a part of the American way of life.”
  • 04/04/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Remembering Dr. King

    Dr. King became a mentor and friend. Many children today have come to see him as a history book hero – a larger-than-life, mythical figure. But it’s crucial for them to understand Dr. King wasn’t a superhuman with magical powers, but a real person – just like all the other ministers, parents, teachers, neighbors, and other familiar adults in their lives today.
  • 03/30/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Let’s Move Forward Together

    Today hundreds of thousands of students are taking on the burden of their and our time – where adults have failed to act to protect children from guns. The scenes from the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C. and the more than 800 sibling marches around the country and the world signal hope, inspiration, optimism and the confidence of a new generation of young leaders and activists. I can only imagine how many of these young people feel empowered and blessed as I did by finding their call to serve, work, sacrifice and make history.
  • 03/23/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Marching For Our Children’s Lives and Nation’s Soul

    Until we shake off our sense of hopelessness and exile apathy to our trashcans in the face of persistent tragedy and bullying by the gun lobby, Congress and state legislatures will continue to do the NRA’s bidding, putting their perceived political self-interest ahead of the lives of our children and families and others they are sworn to represent and protect.
  • 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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