We are deeply saddened at the passing of Susan Rees, a great builder of the Coalition on Human Needs who served as Executive Director from 1983 to 1991.
We are so grateful Susan’s family has suggested contributions be made to CHN in Susan’s memory to continue the fight for justice.
If you would like to contribute to honor Susan Rees, please use the form below and email Radha Rath at email@example.com to let us know you are contributing in Susan’s memory.
You may also contribute by mail at the following address: Coalition on Human Needs, 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 411, Washington, DC 20006.
Call your senators and tell them that you didn’t receive your monthly payment!
For the last 6 months, millions of U.S. families have been receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments of between $250 and $300 per child. These payments have cut childhood poverty by a third almost immediately and allowed many low-income and working families to afford basic necessities from winter coats to after-school enrichment programs to finally being able to save for their kids’ college education.
On January 14th, families will not receive their monthly Child Tax Credit payments. That’s because, even while the U.S. House has passed the Build Back Better Act, including the expanded Child Tax Credit, the Senate has failed to act―unable to secure the 50th vote needed to pass this critical investment legislation.
Will you call your U.S. senators today and let them know what the monthly Child Tax Credit payments have meant to you and your family and urge them to act? Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from us!
While the wealthy and corporations continue to enjoy outrageous tax cuts while they hoard their wealth and raise prices on all U.S. families, working families continue to struggle through a deadly pandemic that is ravaging our schools and our communities.
Tell your senators that we can afford to continue the monthly child tax credit payments by making sure the rich and corporations finally start paying their fair share in taxes.
Even if you don’t directly benefit from the Child Tax Credit, please call your Senators―tell them you understand how important it is to invest in our children.
Thank you for taking action today and holding our elected officials accountable.
CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship, December 17, 2021
The 61.2 million children get coal edition. This week, the U.S. marked two sad milestones. More than 50 million COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed since the pandemic began, and more than 800,000 people have died. The highly contagious omicron variant is here in the U.S. and is ricocheting through Britain and parts of Europe; on Thursday alone, Britain reported 88,376 new infections – the highest number since the pandemic began. “Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saidat a news briefing.
In the U.S., which often trails Britain and Europe in terms of COVID-19’s evolution, delta remains by far the dominant variant, and it continues to wreak havoc, particularly in Arizona, Colorado, and parts of the Midwest and Northeast. But that could be changing quickly. Top health officials warned in a briefing this week that omicron is spreading rapidly here and could peak in a massive wave of infections as soon as January. The prevalence of omicron in the U.S. jumped seven-fold in a single week, according to the CDC. The U.S. is not in lockdown mode, but COVID-19 is closing some schools, colleges and universities early, and hospitals are nearing capacity yet again in some areas. We know the booster shot is an important protection, but only 28.1 percentof those fully vaccinated in the U.S. have received it.
Also cancelled? The hope that the Senate will act on President Biden’s Build Back Better plan by Christmas. So we must fight on in January. The stakes are so high for all of us – including the 61.2 million children in 36 million families who have seen their final expanded Child Tax Credit monthly payment unless Congress takes action. You can call your Senators today: 1-888-738-3058 (thanks to NETWORK for the use of the number).
The daily averageof new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. reported on Thursday, December 16. That’s a 31 percent increase in cases and a 23 percent increase in deaths compared to two weeks ago. Tweet this
61.2 million children in 36 million families received the latest expanded Child Tax Credit payment, distributed on Wednesday, December 15, according to the Treasury Department. The average payment to each family was $444. This will be the final monthly payment unless Congress extends the CTC expansion. Tweet this
For the week ending December 12, only 54.7 percent of fully vaccinated nursing home residents had received a COVID-19 booster shot. This is most disturbing for several reasons. First, the elderly are more at risk of dying from COVID-19 than other age groups, nursing home residents even more so. Second, the new, incredibly infectious omicron variant is infecting many fully vaccinated people but appears to struggle to infect people who have received their boosters. COVID cases are rising among unvaccinated nursing home residents, but not among those with booster shots. Tweet this
Three-fourths of the roughly 800,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 were 65 or older. One in 100 older Americans have died from the virus, compared to one in 1,400 Americans under 65.Tweet this
At least 75 members of the House and Senate held shares of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or Pfizer during 2020, according to a new investigative report. Congress appropriated billions to help companies develop vaccines. In early January 2020, a share of Moderna traded below $20. Moderna peaked in September 2021 at more than $455 a share. Tweet this
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The numberof Americans who have had confirmed cases of COVID-19. One in 420 Americans have died from the coronavirus; in Mississippi, the hardest-hit state with large Black and Native American populations, that number is one in 290.
The percentageof Americans who say they know someone who has died of or been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a Pew Research Poll from September. A YouGov poll released in October found one-third of all Americans had a family member or close friend die of the virus.
Only about 61 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated. Around two million doses are being administered each day, a figure that includes booster shots.
Unvaccinated people are nearly 6 times more likely to contract COVID than are fully vaccinated people (not counting the booster) and 14 times more likely to die from COVID, according to the CDC(data from September 2021).
10,000 people turn 65 every day in the U.S., and we face an acute shortage of caregivers. The Build Back Better Act would create and support 390,000 new care work jobs each year over 10 years, nearly 300,000 of which would be living wage care jobs. It would also add an estimated $4 billion in additional income for current workers and their families each year.