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Our All-American gun epidemic continues to threaten children
9/12/2019 8:39:03 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   It happened again. On August 31, a gunman in West Texas armed with a semiautomatic weapon killed seven people and injured 25 others. One of the victims was 15-year-old Leilah Hernandez who had just celebrated her Quinceañera in May. Her friends remembered her as someone who “could turn a bad day into a good one.” She was walking out of a car dealership next to her 18-year-old brother Nathan who’d just bought a truck he’d been saving up for. Nathan tried to shield her in his arms but was shot and injured...

Stuck Between a Virus and a Varmint
9/4/2019 10:00:29 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Normally, I’m not a superstitious sort of a person. But then again there is a good case to be made that I am really not normal. If you stop to think about it, (and I have), the average person is a composite of everybody and the description ends up to be that of nobody. That is exactly what I think about being normal. I must confess, I do have a sliver of superstition running through me somewhere. Often I have the feeling that someone is looking over my shoulder and smiling rather sarcastically. I cannot prove it, of course, but I know it is...

Mental Health Awareness Matters—Cierra’s Interlude
9/4/2019 9:59:14 PM

By Cierra Mayes   With so much going on in the world today, there are many real-world issues that are in need of our focus. One of these issues happens in our everyday lives: mental health. There is so much awareness that needs to be brought to mental health that goes unnoticed. Many of these issues began from trauma caused in one’s life.  If we took the time to address these problems, we would be able to avoid many wrong doings of others in our community and around the world. Everyone has that one friend they don’t see eye to eye with sometime. For many...

House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule
9/4/2019 9:49:20 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal.  The irony is that many payday loan borrowers who needed just a few hundred dollars wind up owing thousands. And any loan whose accrued interest exceeds the principal borrowed, is truly predatory.  In recent days,...

It's hard for me to conceal a giggle
8/29/2019 10:35:26 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Throughout life, I have discovered many challenges. Some I have handled fairly well and others have handled me pretty badly. That is what makes life so interesting. Every day there is a challenge to face and every day there is a victory to win. Recently, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary. I would not be truthful if I did not admit that those 48 years have been rather challenging. Not so much in a negative way, but each challenge carried with it a life lesson. At the end of these 48 years, I...

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?
8/29/2019 10:34:14 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   I cannot overstate my tremendous admiration for Rev. William Barber. Our connection goes back to North Carolina when I was the President of Bennett College, and he led the state NAACP. His daughter, Sharrelle, graduated from Bennett in the spring before I assumed the Presidency and as student body president, she served on the search committee that selected me. So, he's a friend of long-standing. In the years since our North Carolina time, I've watched this brother grow in his profound leadership, galvanizing people all over the...

Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow's clarion call to end child poverty
8/29/2019 10:27:28 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   August 23 marked the 95th birthday of the great MIT Nobel laureate economist and 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Robert Solow. As family and friends joined him for this milestone, all of us at the Children’s Defense Fund sent our deepest gratitude for his generous sharing of expertise, wisdom and concern for America’s children, especially those left behind in poverty. He bolstered CDF’s repeated calls over the decades to end child poverty with impeccable dollars and cents data. What is it going to take to...

Finding ‘good’ in our world is challenging
8/23/2019 1:06:15 PM

By James L Snyder   In our world today, it is difficult to find anything good, let alone anything good to say about anything or anyone. One thing I like about the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is that she can find some good in just about everything. Sometimes it just rubs me the wrong way. I, on the other hand, have a hard time finding good in anything even though I try so hard. That just demonstrates the difference between us. They say opposites attract, and so we have a very strong attraction here. For the most part, I go along with her evaluation of...

Time for CFPB to ‘Do the Right Thing’: enact payday loan rules
8/23/2019 1:04:51 PM

By Charlene Crowell   For most people, life feels better when there is something to look forward to. Whether looking forward to graduation, the arrival of a new baby, or retirement that affords a few years to just enjoy life—these kinds of things make going through challenging times somehow more manageable. For payday loan borrowers and consumer and civil rights activists, this August 19 was supposed to be the end of payday lending’s nearly inevitable debt trap. No longer would consumers incur seemingly endless strings of loans that lenders knew they could not...

A Prayer to the God of all children: PLEASE STOP CHILD TERROR
8/23/2019 1:03:00 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   O God of the children of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala Of Syria, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and South Africa  Of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Myanmar, Israel, Iran and Iraq Of Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, Nepal and Kashmir,  Of the Congo, Charleston and Cleveland, of Darfur and Detroit Of all refugee children without a country to welcome them, at sea in flimsy boats, struggling across steaming deserts to find safety, or caged in holding pens as they seek asylum, Help us to love and respect and protect and...