On Saturday, an estimated 200,000 people rallied in Washington, D.C., in a mass effort to lobby for the children of America. Organized by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, the Stand for Children rally was aimed at stimulating public debate over laws and policies affecting children.
Participants represented different political outlooks and stressed that their appeal was not based on specific political aims. Rather, they urged the U.S. Congress to reorient its thinking when working on legislation so that the needs of America's children would always be foremost among priorities. Among the needs cited by participants were better schools, safer neighborhoods, and more attention to children's nutrition.
One participant was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "The laws are being made by people who have no idea what's going on. I don't think people really believe that there are kids who are hungry."
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