Children in Need

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, talks about her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting A Course for the Next Generation, where she condemns government support of the nation's richest citizens and calls for action to help millions of children in poverty.

Edelman will be leading the worship service at Riverside Church on Sunday, Sept. 28.


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Comments [4]

Corinne Gregory from Bellevue, WA

The biggest thing we can do to help children in need -- beyond the basics of making sure they have food, clothing and shelter -- is to ENSURE them an equal education. And, that goes well beyond Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic.

Kids in disadvantaged circumstances need to be given the lifeskills they need to compete on an equal footing with those better off. What this equates to is social skills. Social skills are the great equalizers, and they are more important than education level, socio-economic background, who you know, where you came from, etc. Especially in minority groups, or kids from immigrant families who are just learning English and our culture, if we can equip them with the skills that allow them to compete on a level playing field in the mainstream American marketplace, we can help them break the cycle of poverty in ways that nothing else will.

Sep. 25 2008 05:57 PM
Mike from NYC

I have yet to understand how a global depression will benefit the poor, except perhaps by increasing their numbers.

Sep. 25 2008 11:06 AM

Did Brian just say that if credit dries up we won't be able to borrow money to send our kids to school?

Sep. 25 2008 10:54 AM
O from Forest Hills

I think it would be great if we do not bail out the debentures, they aren't banks, they are investment firms,

if we do not bail them out, and we can't get credit, that is a good thing, mortgages are too high, too much credit, we finance furniture and cars and now even exercise equipment. it is ridiculous. let it crash and burn and then we can fix things from there.

a bail out will plunge us worse into poverty.

Sep. 25 2008 10:53 AM

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