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Why are children less valuable than guns in America?

Why are children less valuable than guns in America?

| December 30, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA News Wire Columnist Three years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., where a lone 20-year-old gunman wielding an assault weapon snuffed out 26 child and teacher lives, our nation has done shamefully little to protect children instead of guns. This week more than ten thousand people […]

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The ugly truths America must face

The ugly truths America must face

| December 2, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA News Wire Columnist On Nov. 14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit-owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to […]

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Child Watch: Teaching the truth about America’s history

Child Watch: Teaching the truth about America’s history

| October 19, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.”—Theodore Roosevelt “History is important. If you don’t know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you […]

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How to keep our black boys alive

How to keep our black boys alive

| July 28, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the black community: just about every black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with […]

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What do we do after Charleston?

What do we do after Charleston?

| July 14, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when […]

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Charity not substitute for justice

Charity not substitute for justice

| June 13, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist In his speech the night before his murder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeated the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan who stopped and helped the desperate traveler who had been beaten, robbed and left half dead as he journeyed along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. The Good […]

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Overmedicating children in foster care

Overmedicating children in foster care

| June 3, 2015 | Reply

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist On any given day, nearly one in four children in foster care is taking at least one psychotropic medication–more than four times the rate for all children. Nearly half of children living in residential treatment centers or group homes take psychotropic medications. Children in foster care are more likely […]

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Girls In Justice

Girls In Justice

| February 25, 2015

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist I’m grateful for a powerful new book, Girls In Justice by artist Richard Ross, a follow up to his moving earlier Juvenile In Justice, which combines Ross’s photographs of girls in the juvenile justice system with interviews he gathered from more than 250 detention facilities across the United States. […]

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Migrant Children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

Migrant Children: Innocent victims of the U.S. war on drugs

| August 19, 2014

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied children crossing our border […]

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