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Some say the Civil Rights Movement has moved into its second phase. The initiator is Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund. Here are the first two paragraphs of their mission statement.
As we enter the 21st century, America's strength reflects our courage, our compassion, our hard work, our moral values, and our commitment to justice. Today, we can extend the American dream of our forefathers and foremothers to every child and family. We have the know-how, the experience, the tools, and the resources. And we have the responsibility as mothers, fathers, grandparents, and concerned and sensible people across our country. We can build a nation where families have the support they need to make it at work and at home; where every child enters school ready to learn and leaves on the path to a productive future; where babies are likely to be born healthy and sick children have the health care they need; where no child has to grow up in poverty; where all children are safe in their community and every child has a place to call home-and all Americans can proudly say "We Leave No Child Behind ® ."
Our mission and vision in the months ahead is to do what it takes to meet the needs of children and their parents by building on the strengths and sense of fairness of the American people, learning from the best public and private ideas and successes, and moving forward to a renewed commitment to all our children. (click here for the complete text complete text of the Mission Statement)
The Act to Leave No Child Behind will be presented to Congress on May 23. That document, to be placed in the Congressional record is 1500 pages long, but a brief summary of the Act is available on the Children's Defense Fund website.
If you'd like to help, click here to join the campaign.
The Children's Defense Fund's report "The State of America's Children" was just released on April 15, 2001. Single copies are available for $15.95 plus $5.50 for shipping and handling (total $21.45) from CDF Publications, P.O. Box 90500, Washington, DC 20090-0500.
The following pages on this website may be of interest.
Children's Defense Fund, commentary by Mark Satin.
Marian Wright Edelman background statement.
The State of America's Children, 2001 Edition, The Children's Defense Fund.
Search for America's Heart, a new book by Peter Edelman, NYT review.