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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Tell Congress: We’re so close! Make these historic investments in our people and country!
Many of our priorities are included in the Build Back Better Act being prepared by House Committees right now. But we have more work to do!
We need to fight to maintain those critical items such as paid leave and the expanded Child Tax Credit—and fight for even more of our shared agenda, such as home and community based care for the aging and people with disabilities, and allow the federal government to negotiate lower Medicare and private insurance drug prices.
We’re so close to the finish line! With the House of Representatives likely voting by September 27th on this entire package, we must make sure every member of Congress hears from us NOW, demanding these critical components remain intact and pass!
Here are some of the provisions that we have learned are included in the historic Build Back Better Act, which makes essential investments in people, families and communities.
The poorest families with children can claim the full Child Tax Credit, on a permanent basis; and the increased dollar amount per child in the CTC will continue through 2025.
The legislation makes permanent the modifications to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) which were included in the American Rescue Plan. That means the credit is fully available to families with low earnings and the maximum credit is increased to $4,000 for one dependent and $8,000 for two or more.
It provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants including Dreamers, people fleeing violence and disaster, and essential workers, including farmworkers.
The bill continues the $500 credit for non-child dependents.
It makes permanent the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) increase for people without dependents.
It closes the Medicaid coverage gap to open up care to poor people now left out.
And, the bill provides funding for education and job training to help working people develop the skills to embark on a fulfilling career.
Now, it’s up to our national grassroots coalition to make sure these provisions remain intact as this budget emerges from the House.
Together, we must remind wavering Democrats that we can afford investments in working people, the aging, children, the sick and the poor when we finally ask corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share.
They Don’t Care Why You’re Out of Work edition. So far, 24 states have announced they will terminate federal pandemic unemployment benefits sometime in June, months before they will expire. They don’t seem to have tighter labor markets than the other states; J.P. Morgan analysts opine that “early ends to UI look tied to politics, not economics;” it turns out all of these states are headed by Republicans. The numbers below make these points: (1) there’s still a lot of joblessness: fewer jobs than people seeking them; (2) people have reasons for not working, even when there are open jobs: COVID is still taking a toll, disproportionately among Black, Latino and Indigenous people, and there are roadblocks to getting vaccinated; they don’t have child care (especially tough on women); and (3) people are still hurting: more than one-quarter (nearly 62 million) are in households having serious trouble paying their regular bills, and it’s a lot worse for Black and Latino households. Nevertheless, these governors will stop at least 3.6 million of their residents from receiving $300/week in federal benefits (and end all assistance if they’re gig or self-employed workers, since state benefits do not cover them). According to data from the Century Foundation, their actions will cost their states nearly $22 billion. That wouldn’t seem like good politics, but it sure may force some people back to work in low-paying and even unsafe jobs.
The nation needs more federal protections and investments, to create good jobs, provide child care, lift children and families out of poverty – you know, Build Back Better. Please tell your Senators and Representative to hurry up and vote for these investments in our future: click here.
As of May 27, 24 states have plans to end federal unemployment benefits starting in June, cutting $300/week in benefits for more than 3.6m workers; most of these states will end PUA (see above) and leave those jobless with no aid at all. Tweet this.
People in the U.S., who want to get vaccinated but are unable – often because they can’t take time off work or get to vaccination sites. Nearly half (48%) of those who haven’t gotten the COVID vaccine are concerned they’ll miss work because of side effects.
Indigenous Americans are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.5 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than White Americans. Black and Latino/Hispanic Americans are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2 times more likely to die.