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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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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Why We Do the Work We Do Together

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July 16, 2018

The CHN office is always a flurry of activity. With a small staff and so much to do to protect and expand basic needs programs that help our low-income neighbors, there’s no time to sit still. This week is even busier as we take care of final preparations for our Human Needs Hero reception on Thursday, July 19th, where Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, gun violence, Immigration, Poverty and Income, SNAP, Social Services, Tax Policy

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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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Nice try Paula White, but Jesus was a lawbreaking refugee

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July 12, 2018

Editor’s note: This piece was written by Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life. It was originally published on Patheos on July 11.  President Trump’s top spiritual advisor, Paula White, has been justifying the President’s crusade to torture immigrant children by ripping them from their parent’s arms and stalling on a court order to Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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Head Smacker: The Anti-baby Administration

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July 11, 2018

  “Believe me, I love babies.” – then-candidate Donald Trump, at a campaign rally in 2016.   I can almost hear Donald Trump’s voice in my head saying a line that easily could have followed the one above: “No one loves babies more than I do.” But if Candidate Trump really loved babies, something drastic must have happened Read More »

Categories: Deportation, Immigration

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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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Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination: A threat to health care, workers, consumers — and even to the rule of law

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July 10, 2018

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Tuesday, July 10 in response to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court poses grave risks to workers, consumers, and all Americans who seek legal Read More »

Categories: Affordable Care Act, Health, Health Care Reform, Labor and Employment, Payday lending, Regulation

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In cynical move, Kentucky Governor Bevin cuts vision and dental care to retaliate against court’s Medicaid ruling

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July 6, 2018

Editor’s note: This piece was written by Patrick Willard, Senior Director of State and National Strategic Partnerships at Families USA. It was originally published on Families USA’s blog on July 3. For more information on the Kentucky case, see this post from CLASP. For more information on other states that are seeking to add restrictions Read More »

Categories: Health, Health Care Reform, Medicaid

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The Human Needs Report: Cuts Fail in Senate, Immigration Bills Defeated in House, Bipartisan Opioid Bill Passes, and More

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July 2, 2018

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on FY19 spending and cuts, SNAP, important Supreme Court decisions, efforts to combat the opioid crisis and immigration bills in the House, and more. Click here for a PDF version. Spending Cuts Package Falls in the Senate Advocates breathed a sigh Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Food and Nutrition, Health, Immigration, Opioids, SNAP

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