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It’s time for a child allowance, no strings attached
July 18, 2024

During the pandemic, the expanded Child Tax Credit was a lifeline for millions of families. However, I was one of the many who couldn’t benefit from it. Why? At 15, I gave my baby to family members. But because the adoption was never finalized, I actually ended up owing child support — and only found out after it had compounded. Because of that debt, I was unfairly denied the Child Tax Credit for the children I later had with my husband.

The unbearable sting and pain of Grants Pass
July 16, 2024

I loved the library as a child. The library was my safe place, especially in the summer, when schools were also closed. But sometimes, the libraries were closed. I could count on most libraries being closed on Sundays. Even when they were open, as a child, sometimes I wanted to play outside. Whenever I wanted to play outside, my mom would pile every single one of our earthly belongings into a shopping cart, and we would go to the park. We were always clean, but with our piles of bags, it was obvious we were homeless.

The Challenge of Our Time:  Use Democracy; Reject Violence 
July 15, 2024

Once more we were witnesses to shocking violence as a man with an assault rifle injured former President Trump, killed Corey Comperatore and sent David Dutch and James Copenhaver to the hospital with serious injuries.  We mourn the death of Mr. Comperatore and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured. 

CHN’s Human Needs Watch: Tracking Hardship, July 12, 2024
July 12, 2024

The (mis)appropriations Edition. The House Appropriations Committee has now passed all 12 of its appropriations bills. The picture is not pretty, but most of them face an unclear future. 

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