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One in five children in the St. Louis region lives in poverty. This increases to two in five for Black or Brown children. Deaconess envisions a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. This community only thrives if the allocation of power and distribution of resources, benefits, opportunities and burdens are not predictable by, nor predicated on race.

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  • New Economy Coalition
  • The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis
  • St. Francis Community Services
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  • United Congregations of Metro East logo
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  • Big
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  • Creative
  • Fathers
  • Greenhouse
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Despite passing Raise the Age in 2018 to keep children out of the adult incarceration system, #moleg are considering legislation to mandate adult certification hearings for children as young as 14 years old. From @krisisblackstar of @justiceforyouth and @RevDrStarsky [1/3]

#ICYMI: the Census Bureau is ending counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept 30, a month sooner than previously announced. It is critical that we all participate in the census, for appropriate resources to be allocated to our communities.

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