Score Two Wins for the Rule of Law
October 11, 2019

For those who care about meeting human needs, two key court rulings were handed down Friday afternoon. First. the Trump Administration’s attempt to implement its Public Charge rule on October 15 has been blocked by a nationwide preliminary injunction. And second, a U.S. District Court in Texas blocked Trump's border wall funding.

Why, yes – it is a Muslim ban
October 1, 2019

United by their shared desperation, they gather to tell their stories. An older woman without any other family discusses waiting for her sister. A couple, only recently reunited after two years, share their struggle. A VA doctor in Iowa - an American citizen - barely chokes out a few sentences about his wife, who is stuck in Iran, before his grief reduces him to tears. Their stories are striking and eerily similar. On Sept. 24, these migrants came before two congressional subcommittees to testify about the injustice they have experienced due to President Trump’s immigration policies.

The latest CHN Human Needs Report: Budget updates, border fights, new Census data, and more
September 30, 2019

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress's work to avoid a shutdown, immigration and border fights, new poverty and health insurance data, anti-SNAP and Medicaid proposals, and more.

Dangerous Gaps: As inequality rises, 30 percent of Americans live close to the edge and huge proportions of minorities and young children are poor
September 26, 2019

Not everyone is benefiting from economic growth. New state and local survey data from the Census Bureau show a poverty rate of 13.1 percent in 2018, down from 13.4 percent over the previous year.  While the downward trend is good news, the data continue to show troubling disparities. Income inequality rose nationwide. More than 30 percent of all people in the U.S. have incomes less than twice the federal poverty line (just under $40,000 a year for a family of 3). In 24 states and Puerto Rico, at least 30 percent of people had incomes this modest – above poverty, but on the edge.

The 2019 Human Needs Hero Reception: ‘We are not going backwards.’
September 24, 2019

CHN members, supporters, friends, and activists gathered in the Gompers Room of the AFL-CIO headquarters last week for an evening of celebration, commiseration, and congratulations, even in the shadow the Trump White House just a few blocks away. This year, at the 2019 Human Needs Hero Reception, CHN honored longtime children’s and anti-poverty advocate Marian Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman, Faculty Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, and also a longtime champion in the fight against poverty. The two received CHN’s Human Needs Hero Awards.