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.

 

 

 

A message of hope for consumers and the CFPB

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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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The unacceptably high cost of jailing children and families seeking safety in the U.S.

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July 13, 2018

The Trump Administration has started to reunite children torn from their parents at the border, partly complying with a judge’s order. Fifty-eight out of 103 children under the age of five have been returned to their parents. Thousands of children five and older must be reunited with their parents by July 26, and a list Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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Stop Stealing Babies!

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June 29, 2018

Here’s what Ramona said (she’s 8): “I have been thinking a lot what it would be like if I was taken away from my mom and I think I would miss her a lot and I think I would be really scared.” Ramona and her very good friend Chloe were leading a march in front Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Children torn from their parents: vile federal actions we must reject

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June 15, 2018

Here at the Coalition on Human Needs, we have been sharing information about the dreadful impact of the Trump Administration’s actions to take children from their parents if they cross the border illegally, even denying those who would seek asylum their legal right to do so. This powerful video, circulated by our friends at the Center Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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Not in Our Name

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June 1, 2018

When a mother and child flee to an entry point along the U.S. border, seeking asylum from violence in their home country, they have endured threats to their lives. The U.S. has every right to investigate their claims, but it has long done so in accordance with national and international standards. With Attorney General Sessions’ Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Success in defeating harsh cuts to SNAP in the House!

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May 18, 2018

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, on the success in defeating harsh cuts to SNAP/food stamps in the House of Representatives: The defeat of the farm bill is a great victory, because it is a rejection of mean-spirited and wrong-headed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food Read More »

Categories: SNAP

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Head Smacker: The theory of winners and losers

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April 27, 2018

House Chaplain Fr. Patrick Conroy was asked to resign by Speaker Paul Ryan, we learned yesterday. Maybe he couldn’t get with the program. On November 6, as a House committee was taking up the tax cut legislation, Father Conroy offered his daily prayer. In part, it said “As legislation on taxes continues to be debated Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Tax Policy

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Continuing Dr. King’s fight

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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

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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

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When flu season and Groundhog’s Day arrive together

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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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