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Protecting America's Children: A National Message Mural

4/5/2005:   The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) will host a National Children's Memorial Flag Day Ceremony at the IDEA Public Charter School in Washington, DC, Friday April 22. This event will be driven by the wonderfully talented and imaginative IDEA students and implemented in their vision.

As part of this event, Cuban-born, Miami-based artist Xavier Cortada will present the IDEA school with a national message mural using messages written from caring and concerned citizens like you. Cortada has worked with participants to create powerful message murals across America, Africa, and Europe. These murals are important to the artist not just because of their power to commemorate, educate, and advocate, but because of their ability to document humanity's response to the ongoing problem of violence against children.

We invite you to add your voice to this powerful movement for America's children. Share your thoughts, feelings, and hopes on the issues of child abuse and neglect, violence prevention, and nonviolent resolution of problems. Poems, songs, and inspirational messages are also welcome.

Post your message online at www.cwla.org/advocacy/memorialflagmural.htm
today, and it will be printed and added by Cortada to the Protecting America's Children National Message Mural.

Deadline to be included in the mural: April 19, 2005. E-mail flag@cwla.org if you have any questions.


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