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We are called to love our neighbors – not strip them of access to food, housing, and health care. The cruel proposed changes to the public charge rule will hurt immigrant children & families. Help us stop it:
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Did you know Nov. 15 is National I Love to Write Day? Today, encourage a child to explore their writing skills and create their own literary piece. For inspiration, check out a book featured in our Freedom Schools curriculum, "Darnell Rock Reporting."
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First Focus Nov 14
A Tribute to Marian Wright Edelman () – – Medium
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 14
Read Marian Wright Edelman's letter about her decision to transition out of the role of President of CDF, her new role as President Emerita, and her vision for building a lasting movement for children:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 14
Marian Wright Edelman has been fighting for children and the poor all her life, and she's not going to stop now. "We're not going to go backwards, we're going to go forwards and finish the job of the Civil Rights Movement."
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 14
Marian Wright Edelman announced today that after 45 years of effective advocacy for children, she will transition from President of CDF into a new role as President Emerita in the Office of the Founder. Read the full announcement here:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 13
After her baby sister was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy, Dajanae had to step in to care for her siblings. Balancing her family responsibilities with academics and extracurriculars hasn't been easy, but Dajanae continues to strive for greatness.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 13
Betty and her mother came to the United States in search of a better life. But in 2016, Betty was hit by a car. Despite the accident, Betty was excelled in school and channeled her drive to understand her own experience into a passion for neuroscience.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 13
Sarah has had a stutter since she was 3, which made her a target of bullying at school. Nevertheless, she gained acceptance to a highly selective high school, and even though it was over an hour from home, Sarah was determined to excel.
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Cardozo EC Nov 12
Our student Dieudonne Kazzembe is honored by the Children's Defense Fund for beating the odds!
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 12
Dieudonne was just a child when his parents were killed during the Second Congo War. Dieudonne came to the U.S. as a refugee in 2014, and since he arrived, has astounded his teachers and his peers with his drive, intellect and persistence.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 12
Millions of children and families depend on Medicaid to get to the doctor and get the care they need when they get sick. Last week's elections mean that thousands more will get critical coverage.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 12
Our new D.C. Beat the Odds Honorees are seriously inspiring, and we want to share their stories with you. When Danitza moved to the U.S. from Peru, she struggled to adapt. But she refused to let anything stand between her and success:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 11
"These amazing young people have beaten formidable odds stacked against them, challenging our notions of what is possible. But our children should not have to struggle so hard to beat the odds." Read Marian Wright Edelman's latest Child Watch column:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 9
Reflecting on this week’s events, CDF President Marian Wright Edelman writes, “It is not our political leaders that give me the most hope—it is our courageous and resilient young people.” Read more:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 8
Today is our annual Beat the Odds event in Washington, D.C., where we will honor five extraordinary young people who have overcome tremendous adversity to succeed in school and give back to their community. Learn more about Beat the Odds here:
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 8
Nicole Powell "found her calling" at CDF Freedom Schools. Since then, she's put into action what she learned: that "one way to fight racism was to organize communities to change from the inside." Get inspired by Nicole here:
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Tracy Najera, Ph.D. MPA Nov 5
ICYMI: “No Small Matter” The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, celebrates Children’s Sabbath in Columbus, Ohio.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 7
The results of yesterday's election give us a new opportunity to do better for children. Children are crying out for us to protect them from hunger and homelessness, gun violence and bigotry, and cruel detention at our borders. This is our chance to prove we’ve heard them.
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ChildrensDefenseFund Nov 7
A statement from CDF President Marian Wright Edelman on yesterday's election:
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