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Children’s Defense Fund Board Chair Laphonza Butler to be Appointed to California’s Vacant Senate Seat After Passing of Dianne Feinstein

“While we join the nation in mourning this loss, Children’s Defense Fund is uplifted by the appointment of our Board Chair, Laphonza Butler, to the United States Senate. A stalwart and dedicated Board member for more than 10 years, Laphonza has shown a deep commitment to improving outcomes for America’s children and youth. The Laphonza Butler we have worked closely with in CDF’s governance, is a brilliant strategist, caring parent, and strong advocate who will surely work in young people’s interests on Capitol Hill. This is a win for California’s children and families during this crucial time in the United States Senate and American politics.”

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Joint Statement from Coalition of Anti-Hunger, Education, Child, Nutrition, and Public Health Organizations Calling on Congress to Extend Child Nutrition Waivers

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our organizations have worked tirelessly to ensure that children have access to meals through the child nutrition programs. Together, we have called on Congress to extend the waiver authority for another school year to support children and families as they recover from the educational, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic.

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2022 State of the Union Response from Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

In last night’s State of the Union address, President Biden welcomed and told the story of Joshua Davis, a 13-year-old from Virginia who lives with type 1 diabetes. The teen, celebrating his birthday with the entire nation, has been advocating for school safety and health since he was four years old. By turning the camera and conversation to the cost of care to keep him healthy, the president made the most significant symbolic gesture of the evening. He centered America’s children in the public policy debate. Now, we have to keep them there.

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