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Apr 12, 2016, 17:10 ET Marian Wright Edelman to Receive Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal of Citizen Leadership

On April 13, 2016 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will become only the second person to be honored twice with...


Feb 09, 2016, 15:04 ET Marian Wright Edelman Says: President's Budget Would Change the Odds for Children in America

 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund said, "The President's budget would change the odds for children and give them...


Jan 15, 2016, 12:53 ET Statements from Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children's Defense Fund; Lan Bentsen, Co-Chair of Children's Defense Fund Board of Directors; and Patrick Bresette, Executive Director of Children's Defense Fund-Texas

This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education raised the important connection between health...


Dec 14, 2015, 14:17 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the loss of Evelyn S. Lieberman

 My heart is broken by the passing of Evelyn Lieberman, our longtime friend and valued colleague, my three-doors-away neighbor, and former...


Nov 03, 2015, 17:32 ET Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Byron Pitts to Host 25th Anniversary of Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Program At the Newseum with Marian Wright Edelman and Donna Shalala

 This Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m. the Children's Defense Fund 2015 Beat the Odds® Celebration will be held in the Annenberg...


Sep 16, 2015, 15:13 ET Poverty Hurts Children, Yet More Than One in Five Children in America Lives in Poverty; Black Child Poverty Increases 10 Percent

 U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveal 46.7 million poor people in America in 2014; 1 in 3 are children.  Children remain the...


Jun 25, 2015, 11:00 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Supreme Court Decision

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision...


Jun 10, 2015, 17:03 ET Academy of the Americas receives DPS' first ever Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® designation with MSU and community collaboration

A highly unique opportunity for summer and after-school enrichment for Academy of the Americas (AOA) students, alumni and Michigan State University...


Feb 02, 2015, 15:41 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to the President's 2016 Budget

 Today President Obama released his 2016 budget proposal and the Children's Defense Fund found good news for our most vulnerable children and...


Jan 28, 2015, 10:00 ET How to Cut Child Poverty by 60 Percent Right Now

 The Children's Defense Fund released a groundbreaking report today: Ending Child Poverty Now (www.EndingChildPovertyNow.org). For the first...


Jan 26, 2015, 10:11 ET Press Briefing for Children's Defense Fund's Groundbreaking Poverty Report

This Wednesday, January 28, at 10:00 a.m. the Children's Defense Fund will release a groundbreaking report that for the first time details how to...


Jan 19, 2015, 15:29 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Governor Cuomo's Juvenile Justice Proposal

Today, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund responds to Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of a new package of...


Dec 09, 2014, 12:15 ET Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children's Defense Fund, Statement and Video Remarks in the Wake of Grand Jury Decisions in Ferguson and New York

 In the wake of the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York, Marian Wright Edelman issued the following statement.  Her video...


Dec 04, 2014, 13:16 ET Statement from Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children's Defense Fund, Responding to Grand Jury Decision in the Eric Garner Case in New York

 Democracy cannot breathe, indeed will die, if those enjoined to protect it and uphold the laws snuff it out — with no consequences....


Oct 01, 2014, 14:03 ET Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund President, Responds to New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

"With opportunity gaps widening for poor children and children of color, new guidance from the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of...


Sep 18, 2014, 00:01 ET Child Poverty in the States Still Record High Levels

The Children's Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high...


Sep 16, 2014, 12:29 ET Child Poverty Drops for First Time Since 2000

U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveal 45.3 million poor people in America in 2013, 1 in 3 are children. For yet another year children...


Sep 15, 2014, 13:43 ET Alex Johnson New Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund - California

 The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is pleased to announce that Alex Johnson has joined CDF-California as Executive Director. Johnson brings to...


Jul 24, 2014, 16:58 ET Statement from Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman in Response to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's "Expanding Opportunity in America - A Discussion Draft from the House Budget Committee.

"House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's draft is a small, mean and worn idea that picks on poor children and families while not asking for one cent of...


Jul 11, 2014, 17:50 ET Statement from Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman on the passing of John Seigenthaler

A great American died today. John Seigenthaler was a wonderful friend, an extraordinary journalist, and a long term champion for justice and...


Jun 11, 2014, 11:00 ET Statement from Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, Reacting to Senator Rockefeller's New Legislation

Today, Senator John D. Rockefeller, the senior senator from West Virginia, introduced new legislation to support children and working families, The...


May 28, 2014, 16:50 ET Statement from Marian Wright Edelman on the loss of Dr. Maya Angelou:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Maya Angelou's family and her legion of friends and admirers. She was a lantern when the world...


Apr 30, 2014, 16:05 ET Marian Wright Edelman House Budget Committee Hearing Testimony

Today, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the remarks below in the House Budget Committee...


Apr 02, 2014, 08:07 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Ryan Budget

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below in advance of the mark up of the 2015 federal budget...


Feb 21, 2014, 16:27 ET Marian Wright Edelman to be Inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame

 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame for her outstanding...