On Sunday, October 10, 2010, the Children’s Defense Fund March for Children was held, and community members marched together at the Minnesota State Capitol for justice, equity and the future of our children. The Children’s Defense Fund sponsored this March in furtherance of its goal to lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education. As an advocate for children’s rights, this was a monumental moment in Minnesota’s history. It was a time for critical reflection about the current state of affairs concerning our children. It was also a time to take action by asking the question, “Harambee which translates to: How are the children?”
With that being said, we must take a critical look at Minnesota’s systems and policies, when 1 in 8 children are living in poverty. When, the state of Minnesota spends 3.7 times as much per prisoner as per pupil. When, 88,000 of Minnesota’s children have unmet health care needs and are uninsured. These statistics reflect that Minnesota’s children are not doing well and the urgent need for change.