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.

 

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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