10 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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November 25, 2014

The grocery stores were crowded this weekend as people picked up all of the fixings for their upcoming Thanksgiving meal. Soon the roads and airports will be packed with travelers going near and far to see family and friends. In this time of bounty, we are mindful of course of the millions who can’t afford a Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Income Support, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Social Security, Social Services, Unemployment Insurance

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President Obama Acts to Right Wrongs That Affront Our Ideals

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November 21, 2014

Look at 10-year-old Stephanie Pucheta’s face on the video, sad but determined to tell her family’s story. She describes the day her father was put in jail and then deported, putting a stop to his helping her with her homework and playing with her in the park. Her mother is seriously ill, but the immigration Read More »

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One Reaction to the President’s Executive Action

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November 21, 2014

[Editor’s note: In August, CHN organized a conference call with the Obama Administration and several people who provide services to immigrants around the country. With the President’s action last night, we asked the on-the-ground experts who participated in the call to share their reactions. One response is below.] The word that struck me in President Obama’s announcement Read More »

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The President’s Action on Immigration: What it Does, Why we Support it, and What’s Still Left to Do

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November 21, 2014

For far too long, millions of undocumented immigrants who work hard and contribute to our economy and their communities have lived in fear. Fear of being discovered. Fear of being separated from their families and their homes. Fear of not being able to work and provide for their families. Thankfully, some of them will no Read More »

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How Many Working Families are Dependent on Food Banks in the US?

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November 19, 2014

This post was originally published on Oxfam America’s The Politics of Poverty blog on November 18. Americans are going back to work. US employment numbers are in and we should be glad. A job means a wage, and that means people can cover the essentials: rent, heat, clothes, medicine – and most importantly food, right? Not Read More »

Categories: Food and Nutrition, Income Support, Poverty and Income

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Building Local Momentum for National Change

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November 18, 2014

Virgil Pack works three jobs in the restaurant industry in order to support his two children. He spoke about his 60-plus hours of work each week, with no sick leave and no benefits, at an event releasing the 2014 Poverty and Inequality Indicators Report. Two of his jobs pay only a little over the minimum Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Unemployment Insurance

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Say What?

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November 17, 2014

“Determined not to shut down the government again, Republican leaders think short-term measures could be the best way to address both the ire within their caucus and their desire to show the American people they can govern.” (from Congressional Republicans Consider Using Short-term Funding Bill to Pressure Obama, Robert Costa, Washington Post, November 14, 2014.)   Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Immigration

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Three Steps to a Two-Generation Approach

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November 14, 2014

To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents. The ability of our children to enter and navigate paths to success has implications for all of us. The 17 million young children in low-income families today will become tomorrow’s parents, employees and leaders. Earlier this Read More »

Categories: Early Childhood Education, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income

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Congress’ Must-Do in the Lame Duck

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November 12, 2014

Congress returned to work today for the first time since the elections. For some, it will be a victorious return. For others, it will be the start of their last two months in office. Either way, they have a lot to do before the end of the year, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Congress Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Social Services

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Fact of the Week: Safety Net Programs Kept Child Poverty from Skyrocketing during the Great Recession

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November 10, 2014

New reports from UNICEF show that child poverty rates increased in the majority of developed countries around the world during the Great Recession, but the social safety net kept U.S. rates steady. The globally-focused report concluded that 76.5 million children in the world’s richest countries live in poverty, up 2.6 million from 2008. A related Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Home Energy Assistance, Income Support, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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