About Deborah Weinstein

Executive Director
Coalition on Human Needs

Deborah Weinstein has been executive director of CHN since 2003.  She has been working for over 35 years in organizations advocating for low-income and vulnerable people at the state and federal levels.  Prior to coming to CHN, Weinstein served as director of the Family Income division of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC.  From 1983 to 1993, Weinstein was executive director of the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization made up of human service providers, religious organizations, labor, and advocacy groups.  Weinstein has been the recipient of many awards from human services and advocacy groups. She has a Master of Social Work degree from San Diego State University.

Continuing Dr. King’s fight


April 4, 2018

Reverend James Lawson was on National Public Radio yesterday, remembering Dr. Martin Luther King’s last campaign for justice.  Rev. Lawson, now 89, was a leader and teacher of nonviolent resistance in Memphis then, and urged Dr. King to come in support of the sanitation workers striking to raise their poverty wages and for their rights Read More »

Categories: Census, child care, Criminal justice reform, Deportation, Food and Nutrition, gun violence, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Military Spending, Minimum Wage, Payday lending, Poverty and Income, Protests, SNAP, Tipped workers

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Honor people lost to gun violence by seeing them and taking action


March 14, 2018

Today students around the nation walked out of class for 17 minutes to commemorate the lives of those killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is the one-month anniversary of their deaths, and participants are shining a spotlight on Congress’ failure to act to curb gun violence. The grimly recurrent Read More »

Categories: gun violence


When flu season and Groundhog’s Day arrive together


February 2, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil’s Nightmare On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil, as we all know, peers out of his hole and if he sees his shadow, 6 more weeks of winter. But what if he was a little feverish from flu? What if instead of his shadow, he saw a nightmarish image that intruded upon his secure lair Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations

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It takes a child to raise a village


February 2, 2018

We’re all finding our way as we try to be activists, both figuring out how to propel our democracy and how to teach the spirit of activism to our children. My daughter Lauren Weinstein does a weekly comic for The Village Voice, and her depiction of taking our beloved 8-year old granddaughter Ramona to the Women’s Read More »

The State of the Union in Perspective: Trump’s America and Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms


January 30, 2018

In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation to bring us together in support of a strong American presence in the world.  Defeating the Axis forces in concert with our allies was essential to ensure that people all over the world could enjoy four freedoms:  freedom of speech and of religion, and freedom from want and Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Deportation, Disaster Relief, Health, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Military Spending, Payday lending, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy, Tipped workers

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Please continue to contact your senators


January 22, 2018

UPDATE: The recent government shutdown ended with an agreement that the Senate will take up legislation to protect the Dreamers – people who have been in our country since they were children and know no other. But getting decent protections to the finish line is highly uncertain. To get there, your senators and representative still Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Disaster Relief, Health, Immigration

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Ryan, McConnell and Trump’s Failed Leadership


December 21, 2017

Congress’ leaders and President Trump care about getting tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations – that much has been established. But how about carrying out the most basic responsibilities of government? Such as: ensuring the stable continuation of health coverage for children and operations of community health centers; helping to alleviate the suffering of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Criminal justice reform, Disaster Relief, Health, Hurricane Harvey, Immigration, Medicaid, Tax Policy

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51 Senators Vote to Slash Medicaid in order to Pay for Tax Cuts for the Rich


October 20, 2017

They also voted to cut Medicare, education, housing assistance, job training, home heating/cooling assistance, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, environmental and public health protections, child care, help for people with disabilities… This isn’t as much a budget as it is a gaping self-inflicted wound.  Or, instead of following the dictum “When you’re in a Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Income Support, Job Training and Education, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Security, Social Services, Tax Policy, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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ScamCare: Trump the Destroyer Swings His Truncheon at People’s Health Care


October 13, 2017

First we heard that the Trump Administration would allow for new forms of insurance that would evade the minimum standards that protect people with pre-existing conditions and provide decent coverage.  Now they announce they will no longer pay insurance companies the funds to support coverage of more expensive care.  These are two reckless and destructive Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform

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For President Trump and his allies in Congress, there is nothing more important than giving tax cuts to rich people and corporations


October 10, 2017

Tax cuts for the rich are more important than helping people in a disaster:  President Trump’s top budgeteer, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, made a name for himself as an extremist when, as a member of Congress, he tried to insist that no aid for Hurricane Sandy victims be made available unless Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Tax Policy

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