The Children's Defense Fund Mobilizes a New Movement for Children: It's Time To Leave No Child Behind(R)

Campaign Begins Next Week at National Conference in Washington, D.C.



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Children's Defense Fund

    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
 will mobilize thousands of child advocates to be leaders of a new movement to
 Leave No Child Behind(R) at its annual national conference in Washington,
 D.C., from April 18 through April 21, 2001.
     CDF will outline a comprehensive strategy to end child poverty and raise
 public awareness about the urgency of challenges facing too many children in
 America today.  Violence, neglect, abuse, and lack of health care are just
 some of the issues that will be addressed. CDF believes that it's time for a
 movement to Leave No Child Behind(R) in the richest nation on earth and will
 partner with other organizations and individuals to achieve its vision of an
 America fit for every child.
     The conference takes place at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel
 located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. The following are
 highlights of the conference:
 
     Introduction of Advertising Campaign to Illustrate the Need for A
     Movement to Leave No Child Behind(R) -- Wednesday, April 18, 2001
 
      *  This television and print campaign covers three primary areas of the
         movement to Leave No Child Behind(R), with haunting and compelling
         images that illustrate the crises of children suffering in poverty,
         facing gun violence, and lacking health care.  These ads, with their
         powerful imagery, show why now is the time for all of us to act for
         the welfare of all our children.
 
     Reunion of the Women of Wednesdays in Mississippi -- Wednesday, April 18,
     2001 -- International Ballroom 7:00 p.m.
 
      *  CDF will pay tribute to a group of Black and White women, who more
         than 30 years ago, defied racial convention and sought to close the
         gap between Blacks and Whites with their unifying meetings held on
         Wednesdays in Mississippi.  These women, led by Dr. Dorothy Height,
         President of the National Council of Negro Women and the late Pauline
         Spiegel Cowan, of the New York Citizens Committee for Children,
         challenged both northern and southern perceptions about the Freedom
         Movement and helped broaden common perspectives on race
         relations.  Twenty-three of these brave women will be honored by CDF
         on Wednesday evening.  They range in age from 76-95 and will come from
         10 states and the District of Columbia.
 
     Beat The Odds(R) Luncheon -- Friday, April 20, 2001 -- International
     Ballroom 12:00 p.m.
 
     *  CDF will salute five area high school seniors from Maryland, Virginia,
        and the District of Columbia, who have endured great hardships,
        courageously persevered, and Beaten the Odds to continue on the road to
        success.  Actress, poet, and author Dr. Maya Angelou will host the
        awards ceremony and luncheon honoring these remarkable young people.
 
     Release of "The State of America's Children Yearbook 2001"
 
     *  The yearbook is an eagerly anticipated compilation of the most current
        data on the state of the nation's children and reviews developments in
        child health, child care, child poverty, education, family income,
        child welfare, violence, juvenile justice, youth development, and
        families in crisis.
 
     The mission the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind(R) and
 to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe
 Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the
 help of caring families and communities.
     CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who
 cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.  We pay particular attention to
 the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.  CDF
 educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive
 investments before they get sick, into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer
 family breakdown.
     CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by
 foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. We have never taken
 government funds.
 
 

SOURCE Children's Defense Fund
    WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
 will mobilize thousands of child advocates to be leaders of a new movement to
 Leave No Child Behind(R) at its annual national conference in Washington,
 D.C., from April 18 through April 21, 2001.
     CDF will outline a comprehensive strategy to end child poverty and raise
 public awareness about the urgency of challenges facing too many children in
 America today.  Violence, neglect, abuse, and lack of health care are just
 some of the issues that will be addressed. CDF believes that it's time for a
 movement to Leave No Child Behind(R) in the richest nation on earth and will
 partner with other organizations and individuals to achieve its vision of an
 America fit for every child.
     The conference takes place at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel
 located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. The following are
 highlights of the conference:
 
     Introduction of Advertising Campaign to Illustrate the Need for A
     Movement to Leave No Child Behind(R) -- Wednesday, April 18, 2001
 
      *  This television and print campaign covers three primary areas of the
         movement to Leave No Child Behind(R), with haunting and compelling
         images that illustrate the crises of children suffering in poverty,
         facing gun violence, and lacking health care.  These ads, with their
         powerful imagery, show why now is the time for all of us to act for
         the welfare of all our children.
 
     Reunion of the Women of Wednesdays in Mississippi -- Wednesday, April 18,
     2001 -- International Ballroom 7:00 p.m.
 
      *  CDF will pay tribute to a group of Black and White women, who more
         than 30 years ago, defied racial convention and sought to close the
         gap between Blacks and Whites with their unifying meetings held on
         Wednesdays in Mississippi.  These women, led by Dr. Dorothy Height,
         President of the National Council of Negro Women and the late Pauline
         Spiegel Cowan, of the New York Citizens Committee for Children,
         challenged both northern and southern perceptions about the Freedom
         Movement and helped broaden common perspectives on race
         relations.  Twenty-three of these brave women will be honored by CDF
         on Wednesday evening.  They range in age from 76-95 and will come from
         10 states and the District of Columbia.
 
     Beat The Odds(R) Luncheon -- Friday, April 20, 2001 -- International
     Ballroom 12:00 p.m.
 
     *  CDF will salute five area high school seniors from Maryland, Virginia,
        and the District of Columbia, who have endured great hardships,
        courageously persevered, and Beaten the Odds to continue on the road to
        success.  Actress, poet, and author Dr. Maya Angelou will host the
        awards ceremony and luncheon honoring these remarkable young people.
 
     Release of "The State of America's Children Yearbook 2001"
 
     *  The yearbook is an eagerly anticipated compilation of the most current
        data on the state of the nation's children and reviews developments in
        child health, child care, child poverty, education, family income,
        child welfare, violence, juvenile justice, youth development, and
        families in crisis.
 
     The mission the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind(R) and
 to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe
 Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the
 help of caring families and communities.
     CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who
 cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.  We pay particular attention to
 the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.  CDF
 educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive
 investments before they get sick, into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer
 family breakdown.
     CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by
 foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. We have never taken
 government funds.
 
 SOURCE  Children's Defense Fund