Re: Fw: CDF Update 4-17-98

Theodore Latham (tedrico@hotmail.com)
Fri, 17 Apr 1998 23:38:18 PDT


HC,

    As usual, you are right on top of things! Thanks for forwarded this 
posting! It's informed people like yourself that lessens the burden on 
us Webmasters :)

Regards,

Tedrico Latham

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Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 21:42:21 -0500
Subject: CDF Update 4-17-98
H.C. Covington <hccovington@usa.net> forwarded:


>
>     Children's Defense Fund Update      April 17, 1998
>
>     In This Issue:
>
>     -- Juvenile Justice
>     -- Family Income
>     -- Child Care
>
>
>
>     *** Juvenile Justice ***
>
>     ---PREVENTION AND LIMITS ON GUNS A MUST IN ANY YOUTH VIOLENCE BILL 
---
>
>     Just before the recess began, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott 
(R-MS)
>     indicated that he wants the Senate to consider a juvenile crime 
bill.
>     And Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation to ban 
the
>     high capacity clips used in assault weapons, while Senators 
Richard
>     Durbin (D-IL) and John Chafee (R-RI) introduced a bill that would
>     require gun owners to limit children's access to their guns.  
Because
>     of the strong interest in moving a youth violence bill, heightened
>     since the tragic Jonesboro, AR killings several weeks ago of 4 
school
>     children and a teacher by two boys, we need to continue to urge
>     Senators to oppose S. 10.  We need to tell them to oppose S.10 and 
any
>     other bill that destroys the core protections for children (such 
as
>     keeping them separate from adult inmates), fails to invest in
>     prevention, and does not limit children's access to guns.
>
>     * Contact your Senators now, as they return to Washington.  There
>     could be a vote on a youth violence bill at any time.  Tell your
>     Senators not to support any youth violence bill that doesn't 
include
>     significant investments in prevention and strong limits on 
children's
>     access to guns.
>
>     Note: There has been some confusion about a statement the 
President
>     made earlier this week.  In announcing the release of a study on
>     school crime, the President said, "Congress can help lead the way 
by
>     passing the anti-gang and youth violence strategy that I sent to 
them
>     more than a year ago..."  Some reports have suggested he called 
for
>     passage of S. 10.  This is wrong, as reflected in his statement.  
The
>     President did not call for passage of S.10, but rather, the bill 
he
>     sent to Congress last year.
>
>
>     *** Family Income ***
>
>     --- CDF STUDY FINDS $130 BILLION COST OF CHILD POVERTY ---
>
>     For every year that America allows 14.5 million children to 
experience
>     poverty, their future productive capacity will decline by an 
estimated
>     $130 billion, according to a new CDF study titled POVERTY MATTERS.
>     The study also finds that:
>
>     * Poor children score lower on reading and math tests, suffer more
>     mental and physical disabilities, and earn 25 percent lower wages 
as
>     young adults.
>
>     * A baby born to a poor mother in America is more likely to die 
before
>     its first birthday than a baby born to a high school dropout, an 
unwed
>     mother, or a mother who smoked during pregnancy.
>
>     * Poverty puts children at greater risk of falling behind in 
school
>     than does living in a single parent home or being born to teenage
>     parents, according to findings from the U.S. Department of 
Education
>     during the Reagan Administration.
>
>     The report traces poor children's problems back to countless
>     poverty-related disadvantages, such as high rates of iron 
deficiency,
>     lead poisoning, and frequent moving from home to home.  The 
emotional
>     strains of poverty also have been found to interfere with proper
>     parenting and to weaken many families.
>
>     While many Americans are tempted to blame poor children's worse
>     educational and job trajectories not on poverty but on character 
flaws
>     ingrained in poor parents, POVERTY MATTERS cites major new 
academic
>     studies that contradict such scapegoating -- including studies of
>     siblings born several years apart who experience different amounts 
of
>     poverty.  The finding that poverty matters even for these siblings 
--
>     who are raised by the same parents -- shows that parental traits 
are
>     not the cause of the poor outcomes.
>
>     POVERTY MATTERS concludes with a "pro-work, pro-family" plan for
>     ending child poverty.
>
>
>     *** Child Care ***
>
>     --- STAND FOR CHILDREN DAY '98:  STAND FOR QUALITY CHILD CARE
>     HAPPENING ON JUNE 1 IN YOUR HOMETOWN! ---
>
>     Stand For Children helps grassroots activists organize to improve 
the
>     lives of children in their communities through successful policy
>     change, awareness-raising and service initiatives.  This year's 
Stand
>     For Children Day will highlight the need for quality, affordable 
child
>     care and after-school activities.  Already, there are hundreds of
>     events planned around the country.
>
>     Stand For Children Day is 6 weeks away, but there is still time to 
get
>     involved.  The Stand For Children staff is here to help you 
organize
>     or get in involved with an activity in your community to improve 
the
>     quality and affordability of child care and after-school 
activities.
>     To find out about Stand For Children Day activities being planned 
in
>     your community, visit the Stand For Children web site at:
>     <www.stand.org>, email <tellstand@stand.org>, or
>     call (202) 234-0095.
>
>     
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