Generation Indigenous


November 16, 2018

November is Native American Heritage Month, and on Friday, the Center for American Youth at the Aspen Institute released a report that examined youth issues from a number of perspectives – health care, education, suicide, criminal justice reform and environmental concerns. The theme of the third annual State of Native Youth Report is Generation Indigenous Read More »

Categories: Criminal justice reform, Health, Job Training and Education, Poverty and Income


Expected in 2019: Five more Medicaid expansion states. And more could follow.


November 13, 2018

More than 800,000 residents in five states could soon be covered by Medicaid expansion, due in part to last week’s election results and in part to decisions that were made prior to the elections. And more could follow. Let’s do the Medicaid expansion math. As it stands today, 31 states plus D.C. have implemented Medicaid Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

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A guide for helping homeless persons


November 12, 2018

Editor’s note: Guest CHN blogger James Abro is the author of “Facing Homelessness.” He is also a grassroots anti-poverty activist in his community, as well as a national advocate for Homeless Citizens Rights. James helps others write about homelessness and poverty, providing editing and writing assistance. His articles have appeared in The Nation, and for blogs published Read More »

Categories: Housing and Homelessness


CHN: Whose Interests Will Whitaker Protect?


November 8, 2018

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Thursday in response to Wednesday’s interim appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting U.S. Attorney General: “The Attorney General of the United States, whether interim or not, is not the President’s lawyer. He, or she, is the nation’s lawyer. It is critically Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Census, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Regulation, SNAP

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In a tough election season, human needs advocates mark progress


November 8, 2018

“When people were selling the politics of fear and division and destruction, we were talking about hope. We were talking about the politics of joy.” — U.S. Rep-Elect Ilhan Omar. Despite a backdrop of xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and racism, human needs advocates achieved progress on a number of issue fronts in this week’s elections. From health care Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Criminal justice reform, Education and Youth Policy, Health Care Reform, Housing and Homelessness, Labor and Employment, Medicaid, Minimum Wage

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CHN on the 2018 Election: Voters Want Health Care and the Economy to Work for Them


November 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Tuesday’s election results: “Across the nation, voters spoke loudly in favor of protecting and expanding health care, for fair wages and fair voting. Most do not think last year’s tax cuts are helping them. There Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Economy, Health, Health Care Reform, Immigration, Medicaid, Military Spending, Minimum Wage, Tax Policy

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CHN Posts Comments Opposing Trump Admin’s Family Detention Proposal — Deadline Today


November 6, 2018

When you’re not voting today, please consider submitting comments to oppose the Trump Administration’s attempt to gut protections to limit detention of migrant children and families (due today, Nov. 6, by 11:59 p.m. ET). CHN’s comments are here. Template comments you can use are here. (And if you’re not sure how to submit comments or why Read More »

Categories: Immigration

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Can’t wait to vote?


November 5, 2018

November 6th is around the corner and these women are pumped to Get Out The Vote! Are you ready to join them at the polls? Join MomsRising’s #VotingSquad and spread the word. Then, on Voting Day, be sure to cast your vote for your friends, family, community and country! What’s the reason you #CantWait2Vote? Tell us Read More »

The High Cost of Child Care: American Families in Crisis


November 2, 2018

Editor’s note: The following piece was written by Makenna Whitworth, CHN’s Fall 2018 intern. Makenna is a senior majoring in political science at Brigham Young University. By Makenna Whitworth “In the first two years of my daughter’s life, I spent more money on child care than on anything else,” Jessica Raven, family advocate, shared at the Read More »

Voting Against Hate and For the Common Good


November 1, 2018

The Coalition on Human Needs was one of many groups to sign a statement condemning antisemitism, which will be run in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today. (A picture of the ad is below.) We at CHN can only be grateful for the opportunity to join with others to speak out against hate. Week after week, we see Read More »

Categories: gun violence, Immigration