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"I Didn't Make This World For You"

December 8, 2017
…They have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek…. they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless… and they do not defend the rights of the needy. --Jeremiah 5:27-28 Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights...
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A Litany of Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017
On this Thanksgiving, I share again the beautiful prayer of great Black theologian Howard Thurman, A Litany of Thanksgiving, which my family reads together each year. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the values we embrace – especially this year as we feel so threatened by the negative forces of...
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Why America May Go to Hell!

November 17, 2017
I hope you will speak up loudly and do whatever else is necessary to stop Congress’ hugely unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards billionaires at the expense of poor babies and corporations at the expense of vulnerable children. Millions of America’s children today are suffering from hunger,...
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Children and the Opioid Crisis

October 27, 2017
President Trump’s announcement yesterday reminded us all that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency, but in fact it is also a national emergency and we must do so much more. Daily we read articles and see searing reports about the opioid crisis. We’ve learned about the role of some doctors...
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We Can and Must Win for Children!

October 20, 2017
As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,” I offer prayers for all child advocates in this very challenging time for children and families and all of us when a...
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Healing the Gaping Open Wound: An Urgent Call for More Aid and Fair Treatment for Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017
A National Public Radio story this week described a visit to Escuela Gaspar Vila Mayans, a public elementary school in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico: “‘PRESENTE!!!’ about 40 kids shout on cue — they’re the ones who are able to be present. More than three quarters of the...
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A Prayer to End Child Poverty in Our Time

September 15, 2017
We know what to do to end child poverty if we want to in rich America. The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that the number of children in poverty declined slightly again for the second year, but that children shamefully are still our poorest age group. More than 13.2 million children – 18...
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September 8, 2017
“In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.” On May 11, 1997 Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) began his remarks at a Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) conference with the lyrics above from “Freedom’s Light,” a song written by Senator...
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Happy Birthday Medicaid from the Millions Who Love and Need You

July 28, 2017
“It was a generation ago that Harry Truman said, and I quote him: ‘Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for...
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Keep Working and Never Ever Give Up!

July 21, 2017
What a week it’s been. It’s hard to conceive that despite opposition from hundreds of organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AARP, and dozens of disease and patient advocacy groups; despite loud protests through town halls, demonstrations,...
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