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We are pressed on every side, but we are not crushed
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July 1, 2020

The pain Black people are feeling — that I am feeling — is not about one incidence of police violence and murder or even the highly visible state-violence we’ve witnessed over the past decade. It is not about one Amy Cooper or Starbucks incident. It is layers and layers of connected events that dehumanize Black people from public lynchings to the discrimination and microaggessions that happen in school, at work, while shopping, and while seeking help. It is quite literally death by a thousand cuts. Racism is killing us.

Facebook Live: “Putting People Over the Pentagon”
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June 30, 2020

The moral fabric of a nation is determined by how well it provides for the poor in its midst. The federal budget is a moral document. To become a just society certain principles much underlie how we allocate our federal resources. The common good demands the right of all to have their basic human needs met. The health pandemic we are experiencing lays bare for all to see the deep economic and racial disparities ingrained in our system. Today in this wealthy nation, there are 140 million poor and low-income people.  

CHN’s latest Human Needs Report examines COVID-19 and other spending measures, criminal justice reform, Supreme Court decisions and more
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June 29, 2020

CHN just released another edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for the latest on Congress's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, work on FY21 spending bills and criminal justice reform, Supreme Court decisions, and more.

CHN’S COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship June 26
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June 26, 2020

Looming Deadlines. The fourth of July recess is approaching, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell is still adamant that the Senate will not take up a COVID bill until they return on July 20, while the pandemic surges.  That means most states will begin their fiscal years on July 1 without any assurance of more federal assistance for state or local governments, despite their already laying off 1.5m workers and cuts starting in three-quarters of America’s cities. 

Forward Together, Not One Step Back: The Poor People’s June 20 Moral March on Washington 
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June 25, 2020

Millions of people joined in the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 20. We did not stand shoulder to shoulder, but we did stand together. It was an online event, also broadcast on MSNBC and CSPAN, that achieved something rare, powerful, wise, and morally right: we listened to poor and near-poor people from across our nation. They told us about their constant struggles to secure habitable housing, clean water, adequate food, a job at a fair wage, and health care. They told of their determination to fight for something better. They were organizers for the Poor People’s Campaign, for labor unions, and for community organizations.

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