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Week in Review: Child Poverty, Youth Development and Safe Spaces

Child Poverty Rampant in Many of Biggest U.S. Cities 

Detroit Public Schools Book Depository

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Detroit has the highest level of child poverty in the nation, according to new statistics. In this 2010 photo, the Detroit Public Schools Book Depository has been abandoned since a fire in 1987. As Detroit’s population has contracted, many schools have closed and are now shuttered and abandoned.

Child poverty increased in 35 of the biggest U.S. cities in the past eight years, and millions of children now live in families barely scraping by, a new analysis shows.

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Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ KidsCreating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ KidsHarassment is a serious problem for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) youth. Even when harassment is not outright, kids may still be in an unwelcome climate in which they are marginalized.

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Irv KatzInterview: US Needs “Rational Policy for Child and Youth DevelopmentWASHINGTON — Irv Katz comes from a long line of family members who have prided themselves on serving their communities, dating to the days after his Jewish grandparents emigrated from Europe to the United States in the early 20th century.

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MORE HEADLINES:

Eric Holder Was a Bold Advocate for Change
Eric Holder, the first African-American attorney general, resigned on Thursday, though he’ll remain at his post until his replacement is confirmed.

Illinois Enacts New Health Consent Law for Homeless Youth
Starting this week, unaccompanied minors in Illinois over the age of 14 can consent to routine medical care under a new amendment to the Minors Consent to Medical Procedures Act.

No ‘Normal’ Response by Black People Possible to Continued White Supremacy
When you live in an abnormal situation, one that fundamentally is not suited to humans beings, there is no possibility of a normal response. You may fight, you may go along, you may go crazy or any number of other adaptations, but normalcy in the middle of the situation is out of reach.

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