About Deborah Weinstein

Executive Director
Coalition on Human Needs

Deborah Weinstein came to the Coalition on Human Needs as its executive director in June of 2003. In her four decades of advocacy experience, Debbie has worked on a wide range of issues at both the state and federal level. Prior to coming to CHN, Weinstein served for nine years as director of the Family Income division of the Children’s Defense Fund. At CDF she worked on policy strategies to lift children and their families out of poverty, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support, jobs and wages, housing, nutrition, unemployment insurance, and equitable tax policy. 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 and focusing on the needs of Massachusetts people, especially those with limited income. 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.




Tear-Gassed Children:  More Shameful Acts by the Trump Administration


November 28, 2018

You have probably seen the pictures.  U.S. border agents lobbed at least two dozen canisters of tear gas at a small subset of migrants trying to cross the border to San Ysidro, California.  About 5,000 people who wish to enter the United States who have come to Tijuana are in a sports stadium complex awaiting Read More »

Categories: Immigration

On Marian Wright Edelman’s New Role


November 19, 2018

On November 14, Marian Wright Edelman announced that after 45 years as the President of the Children’s Defense Fund she will be transitioning to the role of President Emerita in the Office of the Founder. She will continue to be the strong moral voice that this nation badly needs, insisting that child poverty in the Read More »

Categories: child care, Child Nutrition, Early Childhood Education, Education and Youth Policy, Food and Nutrition, Lead Poisoning, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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CHN Posts Comments Opposing Trump Admin’s Family Detention Proposal — Deadline Today


November 6, 2018

When you’re not voting today, please consider submitting comments to oppose the Trump Administration’s attempt to gut protections to limit detention of migrant children and families (due today, Nov. 6, by 11:59 p.m. ET). CHN’s comments are here. Template comments you can use are here. (And if you’re not sure how to submit comments or why Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Voting Against Hate and For the Common Good


November 1, 2018

The Coalition on Human Needs was one of many groups to sign a statement condemning antisemitism, which will be run in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today. (A picture of the ad is below.) We at CHN can only be grateful for the opportunity to join with others to speak out against hate. Week after week, we see Read More »

Categories: gun violence, Immigration


The Spin Begins: Trump Administration and Senate’s McConnell Blame Basic Needs Programs for Increasing the Deficit


October 17, 2018

When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and the Republican leadership in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right:  Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, Tax Policy

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How to Help Rural America: Senate Democrats Hold a Rural Summit


September 28, 2018

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) were interviewing author Sarah Smarsh at a Rural Summit held by Senate Democrats on September 27. Ms. Smarsh was describing the isolation she felt growing up poor in rural Kansas. Her mother was 17 when Sarah was born. There was no Family and Medical Leave Act, no Read More »

Categories: Poverty and Income

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President Trump’s Labor Day contempt for workers


August 31, 2018

It’s Labor Day Weekend. President Trump has just ordered a pay freeze for federal workers to start in January. Although of course his action is particularly brazen coming just before a national celebration of workers, it is far from the only expression of contempt for workers coming out of the Trump Administration. Here’s what he Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment

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Deadline for Telling the Commerce Department to Junk its Census Citizenship Question is Tuesday, August 7


August 3, 2018

You can file comments online here, and your voice is needed to make sure everyone is counted. The Coalition on Human Needs submitted comments today to the Commerce Department voicing our strong opposition to the inclusion of a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. Such a question, as the Census Bureau’s own research staff Read More »

Categories: Census

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Trump Top Priorities


July 31, 2018

Of course we know President Trump wants to build a border wall.  Yesterday he threatened to shut down the government over funding for it.  But that’s not his Administration’s only priority.  Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin announced that they’re studying whether they can provide another $100 billion tax break to the richest Americans.  They Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, SNAP, Tax Policy

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A message of hope for consumers and the CFPB


July 19, 2018

Check out this video reminding us of the importance of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – very timely on the day Kathy Kraninger is having her confirmation hearing to head it. So far, the Trump Administration and their allies in Congress have tried in every way possible to gut the important consumer protections CFPB Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Payday lending, Poverty and Income

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