About David Elliot

Communications Director
Coalition on Human Needs

David Elliot joined CHN as Communications Director in 2016 and has 20 years of experience engaging in communications advocacy in the nonprofit world. He served as communications director for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (2001-2008); for USAction (2008-2013); and most recently for Fair Share, a part of The Public Interest Network. Prior to his career in nonprofit advocacy, David worked as a newspaper reporter in the state capitol bureau of the Austin American-Statesman. He covered state politics and the Texas Legislature. He was recognized for outstanding coverage by the Associated Press Managing Editors Convention for his article A Day in the Death of Inmate No. 918, an eyewitness account of an execution in Texas. He also was honored by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches. When he isn’t working, David enjoys reading historical fiction, travelling to warm and sunny locales, and following his beloved Texas Longhorns and Washington Nationals.

Will Congress grant free rein to predatory payday lenders?

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February 13, 2018

UPDATE: H.R. 3299, the bill referenced below, passed the House by a vote of 245-171 on Feb. 14. See how your representative voted here. Last month, Voices for Human Needs reported on efforts by the Trump administration to repeal an Obama-era rule aimed at curtailing the predatory practice of payday lending. Not to be outdone, the U.S. Read More »

Categories: Payday lending, Poverty and Income

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Withdraw the rule. Protect tipped workers.

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February 1, 2018

Back in December, Voices for Human Needs reported on a proposal that would make workers’ tips the property of employers, which would harm an already vulnerable workforce made up mostly of women and, disproportionately, of women of color. Studies out just last month show how much damage the proposed Department of Labor (DOL) rule could Read More »

Categories: Labor and Employment, Tipped workers

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How to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union

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January 30, 2018

Tonight President Trump will deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.  We will be listening – both to the things he says and for the things he doesn’t say. To help you respond to the President’s speech, we are sharing with you some tools from our friends. Americans for Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Budget and Appropriations, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Income, Tipped workers

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Missing.

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January 23, 2018

Imagine you live in a rural county.  Imagine your neighbors – and perhaps you, even – voted for a candidate for public office who ran on a platform of deporting those suspected of being in your county illegally. Imagine that candidate was elected.  Imagine, further, that after that candidate was sworn into office, your friends, Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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Payday lending: A cycle of debt and desperation

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January 19, 2018

During the past year, payday lenders and those who issue car-title loans have taken more than $8 billion in fees and interest from families in the U.S. who took out loans that operate as debt traps, according to a coalition of consumer groups and others that has formed to put a halt to the practice. Read More »

Categories: Payday lending, Poverty and Income

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An affront to democracy

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January 10, 2018

During the last week of December, with the halls of the U.S. Capitol nearly empty and millions of Americans paying attention to anything but the news, word emerged that a Department of Justice official formally has asked the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 Census about respondents’ citizenship status. This proposal has Read More »

Categories: Census, Immigration

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Cuts by any other name

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January 5, 2018

Over the holidays, Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, had an interesting op-ed published in the Washington Post. His New Year’s resolution to journalists and others: When talking about changes to the programs that make up our country’s safety net, do not say “reform” when what many in Congress Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Medicare, SNAP, Social Services

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Stealing Tips

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December 19, 2017

Advocates for restaurant employees and other tipped workers are speaking out against a proposed rule that would make tips the property of employers, a proposal which opponents fear would lead to significantly less income for workers. The regulation from the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor, pushed by the National Restaurant Association, would allow for the Read More »

Categories: Economy, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Tipped workers

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“Monday is my 34th birthday. I probably won’t have many more.”

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December 18, 2017

Health care advocates rallied at the U.S. Capitol Monday, part of a last-minute effort to defeat massive tax cuts – tax cuts that pose a potentially devastating threat to Medicaid, Medicare and other key programs. In an event that was part protest and part news conference, medical practitioners and patients told story after story of Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Child Nutrition, Disabilities, Food and Nutrition, Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid, Medicare, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here.

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December 6, 2017

Thousands of Dreamers and their supporters rallied across the street from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 6, and were followed by the arrest of approximately 200 individuals who engaged in civil disobedience on the Capitol steps. The protesters, estimated at more than 10,000, came from as far away as Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin.  They were Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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