“No child should have to worry where her next meal will come from or whether she will have a place to sleep each night in the wealthiest nation on earth.”
The words of Marian Wright Edelman, who mentored both of us as advocates for children and families, echo especially strongly today. That’s because those of us who have fought for decades to end child poverty recognize today’s historic opportunity. …
By Barbara Semedo
The attack on our nation’s Capitol in early January was another sign of how deeply white supremacy is rooted in America. The following conversation occurred before this insurrection, but its lessons on moving forward in the wake of racial terror are more important than ever.
The Biden-Harris Administration and 117th Congress will have new opportunities to address the profound pain felt by so many across America. The pandemic’s health and economic crises are disproportionately striking Black, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous communities. At the same time, people have taken to the streets in protest of the historic presence of…
By Olivia Golden
The Biden-Harris Administration will enter office at a time of national devastation. The new team will face deaths, suffering, unemployment, skyrocketing mental health needs, and shrinking access to healthcare — with Black, Latinx, Native, and Asian-American Pacific-Islander communities bearing the brunt.
And their administration will face an urgency to respond to a crisis of racial justice arising from deep-seated and longstanding institutional racism, state violence, economic injustice, and policy failures. The pandemic and recession have spotlighted and worsened this crisis faced by communities of color. But COVID-19 didn’t create it.
Can the administration respond simultaneously to the…
By Nat Baldino
When COVID-19 hit Washington, D.C., my world as a service worker disappeared overnight. The evening of March 17, 2020, I spent hours fielding calls and texts from coworkers telling me they’d just been laid off or heard that their friends were. With no word from management, we were all kept in the dark, terrified that as the city was closing, we would lose our livelihoods. April rent was looming. …
By Kisha Bird
We are soldiers in the army.
We’ve got to fight although we have to cry,
We’ve got to hold up the blood-stained banner,
We’ve got to hold it up until we die.
We Are Soldiers In The Army, Rev. James Cleveland
Reverend C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis two civil rights giants and voices for justice died within hours of one another on Friday, July 17, 2020. I cried all Saturday morning. I was heartbroken. I texted a good friend, “I feel like we’ve lost members of the family.” He responded, “Because we have.”
July 1st marked an important milestone for workers in the District of Columbia. That’s the day that D.C.’s new Paid Family Leave (PFL) program became the law.
When our fathers received devastating diagnoses — Alzheimer’s and Guillain-Barre Syndrome — a few years back, we were both left scrambling. …
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. — 2 Corinthians 4:8–9 (NLT)
By Kisha Bird, director of youth policy, Center for Law and Social Policy
It’s 2:45 Sunday morning. I’ve been talking to my brother and sister-in-love all night about #Karengonewild, the protests and uprisings, our first marches as kids in Philly, and another #@%&*^ % murder of a Black man — Rayshard Brooks — by the police…
By Hannah Matthews
Unemployment claims rose by another 2.4 million workers last week. Having nearly 40 million people out of work — the worst unemployment since the Great Depression — bodes terrible consequences for the country. While the national conversation focuses on workers and jobs lost, the nation needs to pay greater attention to the economic peril facing a generation of young children. Behind the staggering number of jobless claims are millions of children experiencing severe economic insecurity, cared for by stressed parents who are questioning how they’ll get by.
By Olivia Golden and Mark Greenberg
According to a whistleblower complaint reported February 27 in the Washington Post, two dozen staff from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were assigned to meet families evacuated from China’s Wuhan province as a result of the coronavirus outbreak — without receiving the necessary training or protective gear. …
On December 5, 2019, the Trump Administration finalized a harmful rule that will take food assistance away from over 700,000 people struggling to find or sustain work, and require millions more to report their hours of work each week. After this proposed rule was released in February, more than 100,000 people submitted comments, overwhelmingly in opposition. This was just the first of three proposed rules that would limit access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Originally, the administration attempted to make similar harmful changes legislatively in the 2018 Farm Bill. Although, those changes were rejected by…