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: REDUCE CHILD POVERTY PERMANENTLY
The American Rescue Plan, signed by President Biden in March, made substantial investments in children, youth and families―cutting child poverty in half. But these investments only last one year.
As Congress negotiates how to invest in our future and what to include from President Biden’s proposed $4 trillion investment and tax plan, we need to ensure the needs of children, youth and families are a top priority.
CLICK HERE to send a message to your members of Congress calling on them to include the following policies in the forthcoming investment and tax package:
make the increases in the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers without dependents permanent;
expand affordable, high-quality child care through vouchers and refundable tax credits;
provide universal preschool for three- and four-year-olds, free community college, and more financial aid and supports to increase college completion;
increase access to nutritious food through expanded summer food EBT cards for children and greater availability of free school meals, as well as increased SNAP benefits and ending the ban on eligibility for formerly incarcerated people;
increase the supply of affordable housing and offer more rental subsidies for families with low incomes;
expand access to affordable health care, including early intervention, mental health and developmental disabilities services;
develop comprehensive paid family and medical leave and sick leave;
expand job opportunities and training for youth and young adults.
CHN’s COVID-19 Watch: Tracking Hardship May 28, 2021
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.