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.

Tipped workers need a pay raise

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April 1, 2016

How long has it been since you’ve had a raise? For some workers, it has been entirely too long. Today – Friday, April 1, 2016 – marks the 25th anniversary since the minimum wage for tipped workers has been increased. For 25 years now, the minimum wage for an estimated 5.3 million workers in the Read More »

Categories: Economy, Income Support, Labor and Employment, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income

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They are forgotten: Hunger and Homelessness in South Dakota

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March 30, 2016

Do poverty, hunger and homelessness exist when there is no one around to see? A tiny South Dakota town that probably 99.99 percent of Americans have never heard of is living testimony that the answer to that question is an emphatic yes. Located in the poorest county in America, the enclave of Eagle Butte, South Read More »

Categories: Child Nutrition, Economy, Food and Nutrition, Health, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income, SNAP

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The Flint Five: Showers, but no Snyder

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March 17, 2016

This week, Flint resident Laura MacIntyre got to do something she hasn’t been able to do lately: Actually take a shower. Laura and her family are in Washington, D.C. as part of the “Flint Five,” a group of Michigan families who travelled to the nation’s capital to share their stories about what life is like Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Poverty and Income

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Zika’s coming. Are we ready?

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March 10, 2016

With the arrival of warm weather, health officials in the U.S. say it is not a matter of if but when we will see a widespread outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Are we ready for it? No, we are not. Stateline, an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts, recently reported that budget cuts at the Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Poverty and Income

Head Smacker: What Could We Do with $695 billion?

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March 8, 2016

Imagine what our country could do with an additional $695 billion. Imagine the number of schools we could build. The number of teachers we could hire (and the decent salaries we could pay!) The number of child care and early childhood education slots we could fill. Imagine how we could combat poverty, eliminate childhood hunger, Read More »

Categories: Tax Policy

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Will We Remember Flint?

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March 7, 2016

Rachel Mingo has 11 reasons to be concerned about the lead poisoning scandal in Flint, Michigan. First, there’s her and her husband, who together recently bought a home in Flint. Then there’s her 2-year-old daughter Madilyn and her three-year-old son Maverick. Finally, there are her seven brothers, all single, all between the ages of 21 Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health, Poverty and Income

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Pfizer’s Tax Dodge and the Impllications for Human Needs

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February 25, 2016

One hundred and sixty-six years after its founding in New York City, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies is about to renounce its American identity. But not its American profits. Pfizer, which makes the popular drugs Celebrex, Lipitor, Lyrica and Viagra, among others, wants to merge with fellow drug firm Allergan, which is based in Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Health Care Reform, Medicare, Tax Policy

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Sharon, Tamara, and Living on $2 a Day

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February 18, 2016

Back in December we hosted a webinar featuring Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Schaefer, the authors of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, as well as a panel of experts on poverty: Sharon and Tamara, who have experienced abject poverty first-hand and survived to share their tale; and Kate Scully, policy Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Housing and Homelessness, Poverty and Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

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