Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund.

Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund.

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Illustrating the Aspects of American Inequality

Often there is no fair start

America, we believe, is a land where everyone gets a fair start and then rises or falls according to his or her own talent and industry. But if you’re poor, if you’re uneducated, if you’re black, if you’re Hispanic, if you’re a woman, there often is no fair start.

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Don’t Want to See Mistakes of Past Repeated

The education inequality struggle

2015 was a hard year for poor children and children of color in a gridlocked and cantankerous Congress.

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Ugly Truths It’s Way Past Time for America to Face

The scars left on college campuses

Our American University system has blood on its hands that it is just coming to terms with. How will the country proceed in recognizing the number of black slaves killed and injured to build its liberal education system?

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Cynical Attempts to Blunt Our Political Power

Turing back the clock on voting rights

Many of the new laws making it more difficult to vote appear to be cynical attempts to blunt the political power of rapidly growing populations of people of color as our nation confronts the changing reality of who is a “minority” and who is a “majority.”

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Teaching the Truth about America’s History

When a school textbook distorts slavery

Who is writing and influencing the history our children are taught? Should a few education officials in Texas or any state drive decisions about what all of our children learn or sugarcoat the truth?

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Expanding Healthcare Coverage for Everyone

Every state can make progress

The progress made on reducing the number of uninsured people should inspire us to keep going until every child and adult has needed health coverage.

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Protecting the Lives of our Young People

God did not make two classes of people

Justice cannot breathe when black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people—all of them.

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We Are Called in Aftermath of Charleston

Honoring our dream of equality for all

Until the United States sees and cures its profoundly evil birth defects of slavery, Native American genocide, and the exclusion of all women and non-propertied men of all colors from our electoral process, these birth defects will continue to flare up in multiple guises to threaten our black community’s and everyone’s safety, our nation’s future, and render hollow our professed but still inadequate commitment to ensuring equality for all.

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Never-Ending Cycle of Debt, Poverty and Jail

A predatory system of policing

‘Held captive” was how one 13-year-old described the feeling of growing up poor in our wealthy nation. For more and more Americans living in poverty, this feeling isn’t just a metaphor.

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A Cruel and Unjust Juvenile Justice System

Why are so many girls in detention?

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation’s detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it?