In order to ensure federal investment reaches all high-need communities, including pockets of deep poverty and those communities experiencing more recent economic downturns, preventing them from being defined as persistent, the bill would also require certain federal agencies and programs target resources to census tracts with poverty rates currently exceeding 20 percent.
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Clyburn and Booker Introduce Sweeping Anti-Poverty Bill

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “For far too long, persistent poverty communities have suffered from neglect and indifference, leading to a lack of access to quality schools, affordable quality health care, and adequate job opportunities,” said Majority Whip Clyburn. “This legislation seeks to right this wrong by targeting much needed federal investments to areas that need them the most.” […read more]

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Black History

Marian Wright Edelman Stepping Aside From CDF

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Though we face unprecedented challenges and threats to the safety and well-being of America’s children, we refuse to go backwards. No matter who holds the reins of political power, CDF will move forward in our mission to Leave No Child Behind and ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage into adulthood,” Edelman said. […read more]

Education

President Trump’s Cruel War on Children

By Marian Wright Edelman (President, Children’s Defense Fund) Our nation’s budget should reflect our nation’s professed values, but President Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget, “A New Foundation for America’s Greatness,” radically does the opposite. This immoral budget declares war on America’s children, our most vulnerable group, Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Make Me a Woman

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   One of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: “If women Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Surviving Newtown, Conn.

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Nelba Márquez-Greene is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has spent her life helping others. In December 2012 she was the coordinator of a youth and adolescent outpatient psychiatric clinic and a university instructor supervising six clinical interns. Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Breaking the Code of Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools’® National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change. His first book, All Souls: A Family Story Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: From Hardship to Hope

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “Foster care is not fun for anyone,” says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska’s foster care system at age 12 and remained until she “aged out” at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: The Hungry Child

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Some children cheer when schools close for winter storms, but there are hungry children in America right now for whom another snow day meant another day without access to school breakfast or lunch. Despite criticism, some big city Read More

Op-Ed

God Does Not Give Up on Any Child

by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be…” It was a front-page story in the Tampa Bay Times last month that Read More

Op-Ed

It’s Not Rocket Science

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “In the 1960s, when my grandfather was teaching me to drive in his little red Ford Falcon, there was an epidemic of deaths on the highways in the United States, and young people were dying in very large numbers.” Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: I Want to Make a Difference

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Doctors told Jaime Gonzalez’s parents that his birth defects were so severe he probably wouldn’t live to age one. When he did, doctors told them next that he’d probably never walk. He did that too—though it is still Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Celebrating 40 Years for Children

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On September 30, friends and supporters of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF’s 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was a law student with CDF’s parent Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: “Mentors Matter”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same . . . If you follow Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: “We Need a Change”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “Dear President Obama . . . Guns are really easy to get and people think they need them to protect themselves, but most times they’re showing off and making more problems and adding to the violence . . . Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch Column: Ready for School?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Is your child ready to start school? For parents and children trying hard to enjoy at least a few weeks more of downtime before beginning back to school shopping and school year routines all over again, the answer is Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Justice Denied

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest. – Ella Baker, Leading Mentor of Black Youth, including the Student Nonviolent Read More

National

The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

David Banks, president of the Eagle Academy Foundation based in New York City, N.Y. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire) by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We Read More

Op-Ed

CHILDWATCH: ‘Numb, Spiritually Dead Nation’

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Ka’Nard Allen has been shot twice in his 10-year-old life. On May 12, he went with his mother to the annual Mother’s Day second line parade in New Orleans. When two gunmen shot into the line of participants—men, Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: The NRA is Afraid of the Truth

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: Missing Leadership and Core Values

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college, for that matter, to produce clever graduates, men fluent in speech and able to argue their way through; but rather honest men, men who can be trusted Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: An All-American Crisis

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote those words in Read More

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Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: Giving Thanks for the Hard Times

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Thanksgiving is a season when many Americans gather with our families over full dinner tables to count our blessings. Seventeen-year-old Eva Maria Turcios and her family take very little for granted any day, including the blessing of having any Read More