Tag: homelessness

Teen uses voice to push homelessness legislation

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November 27, 2018

Editor’s note: in the school year 2017-18, student journalists at Summit Public Schools in California were given a project prompt: what does community mean to you? After discussing, the group of students consisting of Giselle Alejo, Michonni Hughes, Judy Ly, Jeana Rose Meneses, and Pauline Velazquez finalized the idea of focusing on the homeless population in Read More »

Youth writes about the ignored side of the homeless population

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November 26, 2018

Editor’s note: in the school year 2017-18, student journalists at Summit Public Schools in California were given a project prompt: what does community mean to you? After discussing, the group of students consisting of Giselle Alejo, Michonni Hughes, Judy Ly, Jeana Rose Meneses, and Pauline Velazquez finalized the idea of focusing on the homeless population in Read More »

A guide for helping homeless persons

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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 »

In a tough election season, human needs advocates mark progress

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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 »

Resources from around the Coalition: Cuts to SNAP, threats to housing, the 2020 Census and more

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May 4, 2018

Cuts to SNAP. Threats to housing. Stock buybacks for corporations. While Senators and Representatives are home this week, advocates are making their voices heard at events and in-district meetings. Those who care about human needs also preparing for Congress’s return to D.C. next week and the flurry of legislative activity that is set to follow. Read More »

Six months after Maria

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March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20 marks six months since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, killing more than 1,000 people, destroying tens of thousands of homes, darkening much of the island for months, cutting access to clean water and uprooting the lives of millions of U.S. citizens. Today protesters will gather in Washington, D.C. to denounce Read More »

The State of the Union in Perspective: Trump’s America and Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

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January 30, 2018

In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt addressed the nation to bring us together in support of a strong American presence in the world.  Defeating the Axis forces in concert with our allies was essential to ensure that people all over the world could enjoy four freedoms:  freedom of speech and of religion, and freedom from want and Read More »

The value of seeing and treating poverty as a health issue

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December 28, 2017

In July of this year, Barry Ostrowsky, the CEO of RWJ Barnabas – the largest hospital-based health care provider in New Jersey — sat down with PBS talk-show host Steve Adubato to talk about RWJB’s recently developed “social impact initiative.” In Ostrowsky’s words: “It is an attempt to make communities throughout the state healthier by Read More »

Tax Bill Grinch steals Christmas — and threatens America’s lower- and middle-income families

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December 19, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Tuesday, Dec. 19 in response to the tax bill passed today by the House and up for a vote in the Senate: “Today the tax bill Grinch stole Christmas and handed it over to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.  Read More »

A Vote Against Our Future: The House Just Voted to Transfer Trillions from Middle- and Low-Income People to Corporations and Millionaires

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November 16, 2017

Editor’s note: Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, issued the following statement Thursday, Nov. 16 in response to the House vote in favor of H.R. 1, the massive tax-giveaway for corporations and the wealthiest Americans: “The House vote to pass a giant tax cut overwhelmingly for corporations and the wealthy is Read More »