Action Alerts

National Organizations Sign On Letter: End Family Detention
If ever there was an issue that the human needs community should get behind, it’s this: mothers and children shouldn’t be jailed for seeking asylum in our country. And yet, that’s exactly what’s happening. Vulnerable mothers and children fleeing extreme violence in Central America have come to the U.S. to seek asylum – only to be locked up in deplorable family detention facilities by our government. It’s wrong, and it has to stop. National-scope organizations: please sign this letter to urge President Obama to end the practice of family detention!  We need your group’s signature by Friday, June 12, COB to send the strongest message possible that this practice is inhumane and unacceptable. Take action and add your organizations name now.

Hold your Representative accountable for his/her vote on repealing the estate tax
On April 16, the House of Representatives voted 240 – 179 in favor of repealing the estate tax (H.R. 1105). Click here for the full roll call vote. Pretty much every claim made in support of repeal was inaccurate. Thanks to Americans for Tax Fairness for debunking all the claims. We need to use every opportunity to tell the truth about the estate tax:  its repeal would hand $269 billion to a handful of multi-million dollar estates.

Please thank your member of Congress if he or she voted against repeal and express dismay if he or she voted in favor. Our set-up will provide you with thankful or dismayed text below. Please be encouraged to edit/personalize the text. If your Representative did not vote, you will be prompted that the action cannot be taken. Take Action Now.

Stand for What’s Right: Sign SAVE letter
The right way to Strengthen America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All: Tell Congress to pass a budget that invests in people and communities, prevents poverty, hunger and homelessness, requires the rich and corporations to pay their fair share, and stops Pentagon waste. Three years ago, nearly 2,000 groups came together under SAVE for All – Strengthening America’s Values and Economy for All.  And we’re still working hard to show Congress that people across the country want economic security for all of us, not breaks for the well-heeled and well-connected. Our message is badly needed, because powerful members of the new Congress have voiced support for slashing funding and permanently reducing the capacity of basic low-income programs to meet need; dramatically reducing most kinds of federal spending; cutting taxes for upper-income individuals and corporations, and increasing Pentagon spending. Take action and add your organizations name now.

Please read and sign the SAVE for All letter, if you represent a local, state, or national organization. Click here for the PDF version of the letter with current signers.

Show Your Support for Immigrant Families
The President’s actions will mean nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants will no longer have to worry about being deported, including nearly 3.7 million parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents, and nearly 300,000 people brought here as children who have grown up here. They will now be able to come out of the shadows, work legally, get better jobs, pay taxes, and stop living in fear. We can’t overstate how huge this is. Please thank President Obama and tell Congress that you want them to support the President’s action and pass the comprehensive immigration reform that’s been languishing on Capitol Hill. Take Action Now

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