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CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship November 25, 2020
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November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020 Hunger at Thanksgiving edition.  Heroic efforts are being made by food banks nationwide to provide food for families who do not have enough to eat.  Here’s what they’re up against:  more than 25 million people reported during the period from October 28 – November 9 that in...

Ten things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving 
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November 25, 2020

The nation – indeed, much of the world – is on fire with infection. Here at home, we’ve yet to launch an effective national response to controlling COVID-19. And our economy is in tatters, millions pushed into poverty, essential workers facing racial discrimination, women forced out of the workforce, families struggling to pay for food, meet rent, and cover an array of other expenses from transportation to utilities to healthcare costs. And yet: there are things that those of us in the human needs community can be thankful for as we prepare to observe a very different Thanksgiving than past holidays (Zoomgiving, anyone?). 

Massive “listening tour” reveals voices, fears of immigrant communities 
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November 23, 2020

After almost four years of the Trump Administration, many immigrants in the U.S. feel an intense amount of fear, experience damaging trauma, and face pervasive racism, according to a groundbreaking new report issued by one of the nation’s leading immigrant advocacy groups. The report, entitled Our Stories, Our Futures: The Voices of Immigrant Communities, recently was released by LA RED, Faith in Action’s campaign dedicated to immigrant justice. It is the result of a massive “listening campaign” conducted over the summer that organizers say is unprecedented and will help researchers and advocates alike better understand the experiences and attitudes of both Latinx immigrants and non-Latinx Black immigrants alike.

CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship November 20, 2020
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November 20, 2020

The Holiday Cliff Edition.  Congress will be back home during the Thanksgiving week.  So, while there are 36 days from today to the date the last pandemic unemployment checks are sent (December 26), there are only 27 days from when they return.  On New Year’s Eve, the eviction moratorium will expire.  As we approach Thanksgiving, 26 million adults reported that in the past 7 days, their household sometimes or often did not have enough to eat – 12 percent.  Hunger was more frequent in households with children – 16 percent of adults living with children said they did not always have enough to eat in the previous week. 

Healthcare access: COVID-induced barriers for minority communities 
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November 16, 2020

Reyna Gonzalez, a wife, mother, and grandmother, lost her job as a cook at Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar and Grill at the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California amid the COVID-19 fallout. She had worked there faithfully for 20 years. She loved her job and worked hard to earn her financial freedom. “To many, my $15-an-hour job may not seem like much,” she told the New York Times. “But it gave me my independence. It allowed me to pay for my house, my car and car insurance. It allowed me to move around, solve my own problems...I don’t like having to apply for government aid.” 

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