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LaJuana Clark's Story: 'It's Not How I Start. It's How I Finish.'

June 21, 2016
Author’s note: Last week, we discussed the Coalition on Human Needs' June 16 event, What Works – And What Doesn’t – To Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity . As part of that event, we heard the story of LaJuana Clark, who has struggled with homelessness and under-employment. This is LaJuana’s...
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Paul Ryan’s Recycled, Pro-Poverty Plan

June 16, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently unveiled what he refers to as “ a #BetterWay to fight poverty in America .” With all due respect, sir… First, although “unveiling” generally means to “ show or reveal to others for the first time ,” the agenda released this month presents few new ideas...
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What works in fighting poverty?

June 16, 2016
Poverty has been in the news a lot lately. Two years ago we marked the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s famous War on Poverty. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which supplanted Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). And a GOP task...
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Labor-HHS-Education Bill Moves in the Senate

June 16, 2016
On Thursday, June 9, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed (29-1) the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) spending bill, the first bipartisan Labor-HHS-Ed bill in seven years. The measure would provide $161.9 billion in discretionary (annually appropriated) funding, $270 million below FY16 levels and $2 billion below President Obama’s request.
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What Works - and What Doesn't - to Reduce Poverty and Expand Opportunity

June 14, 2016
Join the Coalition on Human Needs and cosponsors on Thursday, June 16 for a live-streamed event looking at effective anti-poverty programs and how the recently released Ryan poverty plan measures up.
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Rep. Mark Takano reads MomsRising member story at Congressional briefing on overtime

June 9, 2016
MomsRising members are being heard! Soledad, a member in California, shared her personal story on needing overtime protections. We delivered it to her Congressperson, Rep. Mark Takano, who read her story as part of a Congressional hearing on the overtime rule. Rep. Takano said, "It's important not...
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Dile al Presidente y al Congreso EE.UU.: ¡Apoyen a las familias puertorriqueñas, no a los financieros de Wall Street!

June 9, 2016
Una maravillosa y hermosa comunidad de EE.UU.—Puerto Rico— se enfrenta a un colapso financiero , en el que las mujeres, niños y familias correrán el mayor riesgo. Para comprender lo que sucede, llamé a un par de familiares que viven allí. Lo que me dijeron fue inquietante. Mi prima, Sandra Castro,...
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Tell President Obama and Congress: Stand with Puerto Rican Families, Not Wall Street!

June 7, 2016
An amazing and beautiful community in the U.S. — Puerto Rico — is facing financial collapse , putting women, children and families at most risk. To grasp what is going on, I called a couple of family members there. What they shared with me is disturbing. My cousin Sandra Castro said she knew...
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Head Smacker: Rental Assistance to Families with Children Falls as Need Rises

June 6, 2016
High rents, especially when combined with flat wages and an economic recovery that hasn’t reached low-income families, means an increased need for rental assistance. Unfortunately, however, a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the number of families with children receiving federal rent subsidies has fallen by over 250,000 since 2004 and is at its lowest point in more than a decade, despite rising need.
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Creative • Cute • Powerful! Delivering #PaidLeave4DC Baby Onesies to the DC Council

June 1, 2016
We're on the cusp of a victory and, together, we can make sure that the DC council passes 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave this month! We can't afford to wait any longer for this important legislation.
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