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  • 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards Luncheon

    Dr. Beverly Hogan, Attorney Derrick Johnson, Mayor of Jackson, Chokwe Lumumba,  Mr. Albert Sykes,  Mr. Jessie Harris, and  Mr. Jed Oppenheim were all honored in 2014.

  • Easter Message from Faith Organizations on Mass Incarceration

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    Faith Organizations and Leaders are committed to bettering the lives and realizing the human potential of society’s most vulnerable individuals and communities.

  •  Zero tolerance school discipline policies have done more harm than good

    Every student deserves to learn -- and every educator deserves to work -- in a safe school. But zero tolerance school discipline policies, which were supposed to make schools safer, have done more harm than good -- pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates. Click Here for Video

  •  SRBWI has established the “Southern Rural Black Women’s Hall of Fame.”

    Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI) celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting its 2005-2011 Hall of Fame Inductees.

Protect Children, Not Guns

For more than 20 years, CDF has produced a gun report “Protect Children, Not Guns” which documents the epidemic of gun violence in America. A child or teen dies or is injured from guns every 30 minutes. Gun violence saturates our children’s lives. More children and teens die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under 5 killed by guns in 2010 was more than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year. Between 1979 and 2010, 119,079 children and teens died from guns. This is more deaths in 32 years than U.S. soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam, Korean, Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined. Download our new fact sheet “The Truth About Guns”, distribute the most up-to-date key facts on child and teen gun deaths and injuries and take action by signing a petition to the President and members of Congress demanding they #ProtectChildrenNotGuns.

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Dr. Marian Wright Edelman is Inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

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