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Dec 09, 2014, 12:15 ET
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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
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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
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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...

Feb 04, 2014, 15:30 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement on Farm Bill

Congress Cuts Food Assistance Even as Hunger Plagues More Than 1 in 9 Children The Children's Defense Fund strongly opposes the cuts to the...

Jan 23, 2014, 09:07 ET

Children's Defense Fund Releases New Report Showing Children of Color are Majority of Infants and Toddlers

Marian Wright Edelman Calls on the President to End Child Poverty  Today the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released a new report, The...

Jan 22, 2014, 14:15 ET

Children's Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership to Reform School Discipline Policies and Practices

Ten school districts across the country from California to South Carolina have been selected to participate in a public-private initiative to...

Dec 13, 2013, 06:00 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman released the statement below on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook...

Nov 13, 2013, 12:08 ET

Marian Wright Edelman Statement in Support of Legislation to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Learning Programs

 The Children's Defense Fund Action Council applauds the Strong Start for America's Children Act that is being introduced today in the U.S....

Nov 06, 2013, 12:00 ET

Marian Wright Edelman's Response to the New Supplemental Poverty Data Released By U.S. Census Bureau

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below in response to the U.S Census Bureau's new...

Oct 19, 2013, 14:08 ET

Top Gun Violence Public Health Experts to Discuss Effective Ways for Communities to Reduce Gun Violence

Beating Swords into Plowshares: Blacksmiths to Turn Confiscated Guns into Gardening Tools The Children's Defense Fund and Washington National...