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.

Hurricane Trump

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September 13, 2018

As Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall somewhere in the Carolinas, many who live along the Eastern Seaboard are questioning whether federal authorities are prepared to help them weather the disaster. And President Trump doesn’t seem to be helping – neither do reports out this week about alleged corrupt conduct on the part of FEMA’s Read More »

Categories: Disaster Relief, Hurricane Maria

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Hurricane Maria deadlier than Katrina, new study finds

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August 29, 2018

What many Puerto Ricans have long suspected is now official: Hurricane Maria was the deadliest hurricane in modern history to strike the U.S., leading to many more deaths than originally estimated. The government of Puerto Rico this week officially embraced a sweeping study conducted by researchers at George Washington University. The long-awaited study, requested by Read More »

Categories: Disaster Relief, Hurricane Maria, Poverty and Income

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Join Us: Sept. 6 CHN Webinar To Preview New Census Data

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August 21, 2018

Unemployment is down, but workers’ pay is losing ground. Did low-income people make gains in 2017? What is helping? What is standing in the way? On Thursday, Sept. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET, CHN will host its annual Census webinar to help prepare advocates for the new data coming out the following week, on Sept. Read More »

Categories: Census, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Medicaid, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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We did it! 250,000 comments submitted. You demanded a fair and thorough 2020 Census.

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August 8, 2018

We’ve been telling you about efforts by the Trump Administration to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census – you can read earlier posts about this issue here and here. Together with a broad and diverse coalition of groups, we asked our supporters to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce in opposition Read More »

Categories: Census, Immigration

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Every person should count — and be counted.

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July 27, 2018

This week, 131 groups, including the Coalition on Human Needs, joined two lawsuits aimed at preventing the U.S. Commerce Department from including a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. The moves come as CHN, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and a broad host of other grassroots, advocacy, labor, legal services and other Read More »

Categories: Census, Immigration

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The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward

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July 24, 2018

The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward Progressive leaders in Congress Tuesday unveiled an ambitious budget plan that may not receive an up-or-down vote this year, but serves as a stark contrast to budget proposals advanced by President Trump and the House GOP leadership. The People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward, released by the Congressional Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations

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Celebrating the heroes

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July 20, 2018

The Coalition on Human Needs and close to two hundred advocates celebrated CHN’s 15th annual Human Needs Hero reception Thursday, July 19. CHN’s honorees this year represented the surge of activism that has swept across the country over the past 18 months. They included: Helen Blank of the National Women’s Law Center, seen by many Read More »

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The fight against hunger: the economy improves, but not for all children

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July 11, 2018

There is good news and bad news to report when it comes to food insecurity among households with children, according to a new analysis released by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute. The good news: food insecurity in the U.S. continues to decline. The bad news: the rate remains higher than it was before Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Food and Nutrition, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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The tax law six months out: a ‘frontal assault on communities of color’

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June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22 marked the six-month anniversary of President Trump signing the GOP tax bill into law. Some of the more unsavory aspects of the bill have been well-reported: for example, the fact that it will add $1.9 trillion to the nation’s deficit over the next decade, and the fact that instead of using the Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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Code Red: The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention

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June 22, 2018

Editor’s note: CHN Intern Page Brigham, a rising senior at Allegheny College, contributed to this blog post. Katherine Bonilla will not get to see her father again. Arrested by ICE on his way to work at a construction job, in what may have been a case of mistaken identity, her father, Rolando Meza-Espinoza, was held Read More »

Categories: Health, Immigration

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