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United States
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America’s Youngest Outcasts

The National Center on Family Homelessness 2014 report on child homelessness in America finds that 2.5 million children experience homelessness annually. Child homelessness has increased 8% nationally, and in 31 states and the District of Columbia. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.
America’s Youngest Outcasts looks at child homelessness nationally and in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranks the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst), and examines causes of child homelessness and the solutions.

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Paycheck to Paycheck

I just came across a wonderful documentary called Paycheck to Paycheck, produced by HBO in association with The Shriver Report. HBO is streaming the film this week. Go ahead, the weekend’s coming up – take the time to screen it, because this is a must-watch film. Katrina Gilbert, the young mother profiled in the film, [...]

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The Driver of Child Labor

This week at Media Voices, we have a very interesting paper by Gordon Lafer, The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards 2011-2012, presented at the Economic Policy Institute, tracking a number of new state laws and initiatives that are aimed at undermining the economic power of labor in the United States. It may [...]

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The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards 2011-2012

Gordon Lafer’s paper published by the Economic Policy Institute tracks a number of new state laws and initiatives aimed at undermining protections for American workers. What does this have to do with children? Four states, Idaho, Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin, actually rolled back child labor laws in 2012. The attacks on the earning power of parents is the primary thing making children vulnerable to entering the workforce at the expense of their schooling.

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Can We Afford Not to Reform Our Immigration Policy?

The temper tantrums of the Party of Me have pushed other issues to one side, issues that desperately need to be addressed. Last weekend saw rallies demanding immigration reform – again – but most journalists were preoccupied with the government shutdown and that story slipped below the fold. It shouldn’t. Immigration, legal and otherwise, is [...]

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Too Hungry to Learn

Part I of a set of research briefs by Children’s Health Watch on food insecurity and its effects on academic attainment and tomorrow’s workforce.

Victor, age 15
The Persistence of Hope – An Open Letter to President Obama

Mr. President, Like millions of Americans, I was touched by your comments on election eve and again during your acceptance speech in Chicago, especially when you spoke of the future you envision for our children. You said “All those kids in inner cities, small farm towns — kids dreaming of becoming scientists or doctors, engineers [...]

Malala Yousafzai
Letter to Malala

Dear Malala, By now you’ve been airlifted to a hospital in the UK, and are, I hope, on the way to recovery. It is almost inconceivable to me that hatred and fear of women can be so strong, that the mere possibility of girls competing on an equal footing with boys could impel someone to [...]

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Going to the Fair

Last weekend, I visited the grandly titled Tunbridge World’s Fair in Vermont, which is hands down my favorite fair, even up against stiff competition from our own local Agricultural Fair on the Vineyard. It was a crystalline September day, clear, warm, golden light. Families strolled through the fairgrounds, enjoying rides, the animals, the fair food. [...]

Nearly One in Five American Households Food Insecure

Food Hardship Rate Continues to Hold Steady, Underscoring Need to Protect SNAP Washington, D.C. – August 22, 2012 – New data released yesterday by the Gallup organization show the food hardship rate for the nation was 18.2 percent during the first six months of 2012. While a slight dip from the 2011 rate of 18.6 [...]

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012

Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011, according to this Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) report.

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A Half-Empty Plate

A report by the Food Research and Action Center on fruit and vegetable affordability and access challenges in America.

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Real Stories of Hunger in America

Feeding America has gathered stories from clients around the country. These stories give a voice to the many times silent, issue of hunger.

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Stolen Innocence: Poor Children at Risk for Child Prostitution

This past weekend, a three-day sweep by law enforcement rescued 79 children from prostitution. 104 alleged pimps were arrested. More than 2,500 state, local and federal law enforcement officers in 57 cities took part in Operation Cross Country, the culmination of a widespread effort to begin putting a stop to teenage prostitution. The operation, which [...]

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This is a beautiful short film by John X. Carey on the plight of undocumented kids who have grown up in America, living day by day with the fear that some casual contact with the police – a traffic ticket or a traffic stop – could lead to deportation to their parent’s country of origin. To his great credit, President Obama recently called a halt to automatic deportation of people brought to this country as children, but we still await a comprehensive immigration reform, which seems unlikely to occur in this political climate.

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America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010

America’s Youngest Outcasts 2010, the latest report from the National Center for Family Homelessness, documents the numbers of homeless children in every state, their well-being, their risk for child homelessness, and state level planning and policy activities. Using findings from numerous sources that include well-established national data sets as well as our own research, we rank the states in four domains and then develop a composite of these domains to rank the states from 1 (best) to 50 (worst). A page about the District of Columbia is also available.

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A report by Shared Hope International on the driver of sex trafficking and sex tourism, focusing on the United States, the Netherlands, Jamaica and Japan.

The Harvest (La Cosecha)
U. R. Romano speaks at Tedx in Fruitvale

U. R. Romano, director of Harvest (La Cosecha), speaks at the Tedx Fruitvale: Harvesting Change conference about children working in the fields in U.S. agriculture, and the costs to them in terms of health and educational opportunity, of migrating across the country for months during the picking season.

Dangerous Exposure
Dangerous Exposure: Farmworker Children and Pesticides

Children of farmworkers bear a disproportionate burden of health effects from pesticide use in our country. Birth defects, neurological complications, respiratory illness, and cancers have all been linked by peer-reviewed research to pesticide exposure in children. This publication reviews research found on the effects of pesticides on these four areas related to children’s health. The information compiled here is a tool for consumers, policy-makers, health and safety trainers, advocates, those who serve farmworkers, and those who benefit daily from their hard work.

Tianna (front) with Drexel University School of Public Health Professor and Witnesses to Hunger founder Dr. Mariana Chilton, Witnesses to Hunger Angela Sutton and Myra Young, and Myra’s son Todd, then age 2.  This was at Mayor Michael Nutter’s Clean Your Community Day, at which several Witnesses to Hunger worked together to refurbish a school gymnasium.
“The Culture of Poverty” – A Response

My name is Tianna Gaines-Turner. I’m a proud mother of three children, and I live in the Frankfort neighborhood of Philadelphia. I am writing in response to the New York Times article, “Culture of Poverty Makes a Comeback.” I really don’t agree with this. People don’t choose to live in poverty—it is what it is, [...]

CIF Report

Hundreds of thousands of children work as hired labor in America’s fields and orchards.
These children are among the least protected of all working children. Since 1938, exemptions in
the federal child labor law—the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA—have excluded child agricultural
workers from many of the protections afforded to almost every other working child.
This report produced by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs May 2007 sets out the current state of children working in agriculture in the United States.