Action Alerts

Twitter Storm Tuesday: #RenewUI

Every Tuesday, we will be featuring representatives for you to target on twitter to push the House to #RenewUI.  Please join us in tweeting and urging these representatives to renew unemployment insurance.

This Tuesday, July 22 at 2pm ET, we are targeting Representative Dan Benishek (MI) – @CongressmanDan and Representative Kevin McCarthy (CA) – @GOPWhip.

Sample Tweets:

MI has the 3rd highest #unemployment in the nation. @CongressmanDan it’s time to help your constituents and #RenewUI

More than 514,300 Californians could be helped @GOPWhip if you act to #RenewUI

#EUC helps the #LTU keep their home and pay for essentials so they can find work #RenewUI @CongressmanDan

Over 1/3 of 9.8 mil who are unemployed have been looking for work for 6+ mos #RenewUI @GOPWhip

#EUC helps pay rent, keep lights on & pay for phone and gas so a worker can continue to search for a job.  It’s time to #RenewUI @CongressmanDan 

Or create your own tweet, but please use the hashtag #RenewUI so we can track your actions!


Tell Congress It’s Time to Renew Unemployment Insurance

3 Million jobless people and their families are still without Unemployment Insurance because Congress has failed to act.

The Senate passed a bill that would have extended unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed through May. But, the House refused to bring the bill to a vote.  The House leadership has chosen to take action on tax breaks for corporations while rejecting help for the jobless.  That’s wrong.  The House and Senate must both take action to restore Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).  They should make it retroactive to make up the benefits lost since the program was allowed to expire in December.

Email your Rep and Senators – tell them they must extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation NOW.


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Submit Your Story to the Our American Story Project

Have a story about the way services have helped you and your family? We want to hear from you!

Half in Ten and the Coalition on Human Needs are collecting stories highlighting the ways that federal programs successfully build economic security and meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Submit your human needs program success story to the Our American Story project today.

We welcome short video clips or written stories from anyone who can speak to the benefit and success of federal programs such as direct beneficiaries, social service providers, and community, faith or business leaders. For more instructions and guidelines on submitting your story click, check back soon. A sample video is available here.


If you would like to post an action, please contact Joanna Sandager at