The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman, a civil rights attorney who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement. The initial conception of the Children’s Defense Fund, which they continue to advocate for today, was helping formulate, shape and change federal public policies pertaining low-income programs, discrimination, education, health and abuse. They have continued to grow into one of the leading advocates, providing a strong vocal voice on any and all children’s issues through the United States. . One of the reasons I’m partial to this website is because as an advocate group, CDF champions for the welfare of children from birth through high school and addresses social issues on hunger, abuse, special needs, healthcare and education. By partnering with health and education officials, doctors, families and legislators, CDF continues to fight for equality for all of our children. There are three separate tabs that addresses these issues from programs and campaigns, to research and policy.
Three articles CDF featured on their website this week touched on poverty, changes to our pre-K and kindergarten full or half-day programs, and gun violence against black males. For the past several weeks there has been a counter at the center of their main page that CDF has showcased when the 113rd Congress convened. The counter changes daily. Today the number is 21,838. Almost 22,000 children have been victims of gun violence (CDF 2013). Located under the Research Library tab, is a 2013 reported entitled “Protect Children Not Guns”. It is a very comprehensive look at a troubling issue where too many of our children are witnessing and becoming victims of gun violence, not only in their communities but in their homes and at school, two places where they should feel safe. Gun violence is not only a black male issue, but an American issue as this is affecting all of our children, regardless of the color of their skin or the neighborhood they live in. I’ve provide a link to the report for those who are interested, http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-2013.pdf (CDF, 2013).
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