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November 9th, 2016: Moving Forward Families to be Stronger Together

November 9, 2016
This morning we woke up to a very different world than the one we woke up to yesterday. So many questions linger in the air, and the uncertainty of what happens next is weighing on all of our minds. The biggest weight on my shoulders today is how do I explain this to my son? How can someone who...
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How to Speak to Our Children about the Outcome of the Election

November 9, 2016
Last night as the news outlets spoke of statistics and predictions, my social media feed and email flooded with the same theme and question from most parents. They were all anticipating the conversation they would have with their children about the outcome of the election. It is a difficult...
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When Voting is a Privilege, Not a Right

November 7, 2016
Tomorrow, millions will cast their vote for not only the next President, but for representatives down the ballot who will make the decisions that impact their lives and the lives of their communities. But there are many who, despite being citizens, will have their voices silenced. These are the 6.1...
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Keep Moving Forward on the Path Towards Justice

November 4, 2016
“You know, it was pretty staggering. It put an end to essentially something that the Civil War was unable to end.” -Legal Defense Fund Attorney Jack Greenberg, describing his reaction after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education I was heartbroken by the recent death of Jack...
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Como Se Parece la manera en Que Criamos a Nuestros Hijos a Nuestro Sistema Político

November 2, 2016
Me avergüenza admitir que me emocioné hasta el punto en que mis ojos y mi nariz no podían funcionar apropiadamente. Traté de no respirar ni pestañar para evitar un chorro de lágrimas. Desde el escenario Heather C. McGhee nos hablaba de la importancia de escucharnos y comprender nuestra condición...
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How Your Parenting Style Resembles Our Political System

November 2, 2016
I was embarrassed that I had welled up to the point where my nose and my eyes could no longer function properly. I attempted not to take a huge breath or blink since tears were going to pour. From the stage I listened to Heather C. McGhee tell all of us that we needed to listen and understand one...
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Justice for Tyre King

November 2, 2016
While the Presidential election has been dominating the headlines, unjust tragedies are happening in our nation that need our attention. Losing a child is the most devastating experience a family can go through. Yet imagine losing them to the actions of the very people who are sworn to protect and...
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Child Watch® Column: Filling in the Stories

August 12, 2016
Do your children love the books on their summer reading lists? Are your children reading about diverse cultures and books that reflect their experience or history? Children of color are now a majority of all public school students and will soon be a majority of all children in America yet children’s books and the publishing industry have failed to keep up with the rainbow of our children’s faces and cultures and needs. Every summer our Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® curriculum is focused on a superb collection of diverse books that reflect children’s own images and a wide variety of cultures and experiences. For some children it’s the first time they’ve seen books with characters who look like them. For others the storylines draw them in, teach them about moments in history they may not have studied in school, and allow them to fall in love with reading in a way they’ve never experienced.
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Child Watch® Column: Changing Our Racial Narrative

August 5, 2016
Bryan Stevenson, the brilliant founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, believes it’s possible to change our nation and world despite the inequality and violence that sometimes threaten to overwhelm us. He’s thought long and hard about the steps needed and believes a key to changing America’s future is changing the narrative we tell ourselves about our shared past. This is especially true about our legacy of Native American genocide, slavery and Jim Crow, and the injustices throughout our history that linger and simmer under the surface then boil over again and again. He speaks often about the urgent need to confront our historic narrative including recently to young servant leaders preparing to teach children in Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® programs across America.
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Child Watch® Column: Our Nation’s Unfinished Business

July 22, 2016
[The summer] brought racial disorders to American cities, and with them shock, fear and bewilderment to the nation. The worst came during a two-week period in July, first in Newark and then in Detroit. Each set off a chain reaction in neighboring communities . . . What happened? Why did it happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again?
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Women’s March on Washington and Sister Marches Across the Country

January 21, 2017

No matter where we are, in person or in spirit, we are marching together!

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