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America’s children are suffering!

 

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According to the federal government, 14 million children in the United States officially live in “poverty.”

 

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a family actually needs $48,778, to meet basic living expenses, however 19% of all children in the United States live in a family with income of less than $22,050.  When we count all of these “low-income” families struggling to meet basic needs, the number of children growing up poor in America skyrockets to 29 million – 41% of all children.  When nearly half of our nation’s children are facing a life of poverty, this is a crisis.


With the number of children increasing, the need is greater than ever: The number of children in America has grown steadily for the past 40 years so that we now have nearly 74 million children to care for who make up 25% of our nation’s population. There are almost twice as many children as seniors. Twenty five percent of our children are growing up illiterate. Far too many of America's children are experiencing an unhealthy start in life. Our children are falling behind developmentally, emotionally and academically because they are not receiving proper medical attention. Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. One third of all children born from 2000 on will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; while millions will combat obesity-related health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. One in every ten children (8.1 million) is uninsured. Two-thirds of these children are eligible for health insurance under the national health reform legislation. However, barriers in some states to the legislation and lack or resources of various kinds, including health clinics are barriers to these children becoming insured.


America ranks #1 in gross domestic product and #1 in the number of billionaires among the world’s industrialized nations.


  • We also rank #1 in the number of people in jail.

  • Every 32 seconds a baby is born into poverty in the U.S.

  • Every second a student is suspended from public school.

  • Every 19 seconds a child is arrested


You can stop this vicious cycle – The time to ACT is NOW!

 




 

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