Tag: humanitarian crisis

Hurricane Maria deadlier than Katrina, new study finds


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 »

More than 100 groups tell Congress: Protect the Dreamers. Fund Urgent priorities


December 8, 2017

Editor’s note: The Coalition on Human Needs released the following statement on Friday, Dec. 8: Now that Congress has acted to keep government open and running for two more weeks, it is time to get down to business:  Congress must act this month to protect Dreamers and fund important priorities ranging from children’s health and Read More »

‘It’s sad that we have to have this happen for us to come together’ 


September 1, 2017

The numbers are staggering: a death toll of 39, rising almost by the hour.  Nearly 50,000 homes in Houston alone flooded and uninhabitable.  30 percent of Harris County submerged – an area that is equivalent in size to Chicago and New York City combined.  294,000 people without power, from Corpus Christi to Port Arthur.  Nearly Read More »

Human Needs Report: Immigration, cabinet picks, the ACA and more


February 6, 2017

Congress has been in session for just over a month now, and the Trump Administration is just a couple of weeks old. CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report, with a look at what they’ve been up to – and how advocates have responded – in what’s been a busy beginning Read More »

CHN Applauds Boycott of Price Confirmation Vote


January 31, 2017

Earlier today, Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the votes to approve the confirmations of Rep. Tom Price for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and of Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary. CHN opposes Rep. Price’s nomination and applauds the Senators for taking this action, which effectively delayed the votes on Read More »

We don’t do cat videos, but we do engage in serious poverty analysis


August 18, 2016

Do you wonder if poverty is growing in your state? Would you like to know how to use state and local data about income based on race, age, or gender? Do you know how to access the soon-to-be released Census Bureau poverty, income and health insurance data? And why, why, why do cat videos attract Read More »

Anti-refugee Proposals Damage America


December 3, 2015

Editor’s Note: Making Syrian and Iraqi refugees hostages to the politics of the must-pass federal appropriations bill is a serious moral issue to us. Take a look at this excellent piece by CLASP’s Executive Director Olivia Golden, who brings first-hand experience to this topic. It was originally published online in The Hill on December 2. July Read More »

The Story of Christmas


December 3, 2015

With the holiday season upon us and the majority of the nation looking forward to celebrating Christmas, Congress still has some business it must take care of before they can go home to family, friends and fundraisers. In a little over a week the government will run out of funding and, unless action is taken, Read More »

10 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving


November 24, 2015

Gathering with friends and family. Packed roads and airports. Turkey with all the trimmings. Thanksgiving is upon us once again. In this time of bounty, we are mindful of course of the millions who can’t afford a big feast or a warm home in which to host it. And we’ll keep fighting for them. Despite Read More »

Correction:  House Vote to Block Syrian Refugees WAS Veto-Proof


November 20, 2015

Earlier today, I made a mistake in saying that the House vote in favor of H.R. 4038 (the anti-Syrian/Iraqi refugee resettlement bill) would not have been enough to override a Presidential veto. Sorry to report that if the same votes were cast to override, it would have been enough to reject the veto. Overrides require Read More »