Child Watch® Columns

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  • 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.”
  • 02/23/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Violence Against Children

    Violence against children. For many people the words alone are unthinkable—the absolute worst of what humans are capable of doing. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida is a stark reminder of the violence that stalks our children in their schools, homes, places of worship, streets, and communities every day.
  • 02/15/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    How Long Until We Protect Children, Not Guns?!

    An entire generation of children are coming of age understanding that there is no safe space in America after bearing witness to horrifying massacres killing 26 and 9 people in churches in Texas and South Carolina, 58 at a concert in Nevada, 49 at a nightclub in Florida, 9at a college in Oregon, 14 at a workplace in California, 2 at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, in January, and now 17 more children and adults on an otherwise ordinary day at a high school in Florida.
  • 02/09/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Big Rainbows in the Political Clouds for Children: Some Really Really Good News

    God has sent some huge rainbows in the clouds for vulnerable children amidst a profoundly negative political climate. Good news these days has been few and far between but the Bipartisan Budget Package/Continuing Resolution (CR) signed by the President earlier today offers significant and long overdue hope to children, families and communities. We now must give our immediate attention to extending that good news to the nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Dreamers and the other Dreamers not yet in DACA, who face a March 5th deadline that would end their hopes and dreams.
  • 02/02/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    The State of the Union: Morally Dead and Leaving Vulnerable Children Behind

    The President’s address was silent on the shameful problems of homelessness, hunger, the lack of poor quality early childhood and educational opportunities, needed reforms in our child welfare and juvenile justice systems, and the violence that plagues too many children in their families and communities that I laid out in a letter urging him to address the state of America’s children. This silence is a national embarrassment.
  • 01/26/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Keeping Promises

    The Continuing Resolution that ended this week’s government shutdown relied on a series of uncertain promises about meeting children’s needs and ensuring their futures. Congress did keep one very critical promise by finally passing a long overdue extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), giving new hope after 114 days of partisan politicking with the lives and health of the 8.9 million children who benefit from CHIP’s high-quality, child-appropriate affordable health coverage.
  • 01/19/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Charles Merrill: The Crucial Importance of Lanterns in Young Lives

    I have been so blessed with an abundance of lanterns in my life who have been indispensable guides and supports over many decades. I shared many of them in my book Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors. It has been very painful to lose so many in recent years but they are still very alive with me. Charles E. Merrill, Jr., a crucial lantern, died in November at age 97.
  • 01/12/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    The State of America’s Children Demands Your Action Right Now!

    It is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans. The Children’s Defense Fund’s new report The State of America’s Children® 2017 details the immoral, costly and preventable poverty, homelessness, hunger, health problems, poor education and violence plaguing children who are America’s responsibility and future.
  • 01/05/18

    Child Watch® Column:
    Missed Opportunities to Help Homeless Youths

    The new report Missed Opportunities from Voices of Youth Count, an initiative of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, is the first in a series aimed at shining a spotlight on the quiet but enormous crisis of unaccompanied youth homelessness in America.
  • 12/29/17

    Child Watch® Column:
    Hope for the New Year

    “Let’s keep building the nation and world all our children need and deserve.” Marian Wright Edelman wishes you courage, faith, and hope for the New Year!
  • 12/22/17

    Child Watch® Column:
    Making Room at the Inn

    As we celebrate this holy season in many faiths and enter a new year, let us repent and reaffirm our commitment to building a nation where all children find room at our nation’s and world’s inn.
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