Debbie Weinstein is the Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs.
Blog Post List
July 12, 2019
You have probably seen press accounts that the Trump Administration plans to carry out mass arrests to speed deportations of thousands of immigrants, likely starting this Sunday morning, July 14 and continuing during the week. These raids were expected to target 10 cities, but one of them, New Orleans, is reported to be off the list in deference to the storm conditions affecting the city. The other cities still targeted are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. There are also reports of ICE personnel arriving in Immokalee, Florida,...
January 9, 2019
Steel or concrete, President Trump’s wall is a useless, wasteful and increasingly tired ploy. The President once again chose to mislead and to sow fear. The vast majority of families with children or children alone who seek asylum in the United States are fleeing dangerous conditions in their home countries. Between April 19 and Sept. 30, 2018, investigations of adults and children crossing the border found that they were indeed related family members; only one-quarter of one percent were not. They need our help, as the law and conscience require. The President did not tell the truth about...
December 19, 2018
President Trump has threatened to veto the year-end spending bill if it does not include $5 billion for his border wall. Today, his press secretary has tried to step back from the brink by saying Trump could sign a bill that allows him to find $5 billion for the wall through various accounts throughout government. The Coalition on Human Needs strongly opposes any additional funding for the wall. It does not improve national security. Bear this in mind: of the more than $1.7 billion appropriated in FYs 2017-2018 for border barriers, the Trump Administration has spent just 6 percent . That’s...
October 19, 2018
When the 2017 $1.9 trillion in tax cuts were enacted, many of us predicted that the hole in the budget caused by the lost revenue would be used by the Trump Administration and some in Congress to justify cuts in basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, housing, and SNAP. And we were right.
September 28, 2018
Ms. Smarsh was describing the isolation she felt growing up poor in rural Kansas. Her mother was 17 when Sarah was born. There was no Family and Medical Leave Act, no help from the Violence Against Women Act, and long miles to travel to get to medical care.
August 3, 2018
The Coalition on Human Needs submitted comments today to the Commerce Department voicing our strong opposition to the inclusion of a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census. Such a question would likely increase the undercount of children, especially children of color, those identifying as Hispanic/Latino, and those in low-income households.
July 13, 2018
Toxic stress is the highest costs of the Trump Administration’s shameful punishment of those fleeing violence. But there are other dollar costs that underscore how unnecessarily bad their approach is.
June 29, 2018
Yesterday in Washington, DC, women placed their bodies and their hearts where the children had been days before. More than 500 of us got arrested by sitting down in the Hart Senate Office Building. My favorite chant? “Stop stealing babies!”
June 1, 2018
With Attorney General Sessions’ recent announcement of a “zero tolerance” policy towards parents and children crossing the border, humane standards have been abandoned. Children are taken from their parents. Toddlers taken away crying; mothers not knowing where they are going, unable to contact them for weeks or months. This is shameful.
May 18, 2018
The defeat of the farm bill is a great victory, because it is a rejection of mean-spirited and wrong-headed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps).
April 4, 2018
We have to be the agents of the kind of change that strengthens our nation by including all our people in the opportunities for progress. Dr. King knew that, striving to bring together sanitation workers, laborers, farm workers, the labor movement, young people, and people of faith and conscience to call upon government to tear down the legal and economic barriers to full participation.
March 14, 2018
A group of artists wanted to focus on the human beings lost to gun violence. They have created a gallery of portraits, not just from Parkland, but women killed by abusive partners, bystanders to street violence, churchgoers, and children and youth from Columbine to Sandy Hook and on…and on.
October 20, 2017
They also voted to cut Medicare, education, housing assistance, job training, home heating/cooling assistance, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, environmental and public health protections, child care, help for people with disabilities…
May 25, 2017
Twenty-three million fewer Americans would receive coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law – yet another sign that this so-called health care reform bill is one of the most destructive acts ever to emerge from Congress. We also know that people with pre-existing conditions could be faced with exorbitant premiums, annual and lifetime limits on benefits, or no coverage at all – even for life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease. When the House approved this misguided bill earlier this month, members did not know how much it would cost or how many Americans would...
January 18, 2017
The line of cars snaking into the parking lots at Bowie State University was the first clue that on January 15 people in Maryland were determined to stand and fight against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They were responding to calls from members of Congress, organized labor and activist organizations to attend events held in many locations nationwide . Here in Maryland, well over 1,000 people overflowed the student center ballroom into other rooms and in a crowd outside the building. Maryland’s new Senator Chris Van Hollen, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Maryland Reps...
November 10, 2016
When the heroes of the civil rights movement persevered in their struggle, they did so against long odds, and knowing their victories would be long in the making. Women seeking the franchise fought for decades. They persisted in their cause because it was essential – and right. Our cause at the Coalition on Human Needs – ending poverty and providing the opportunity for economic security for ALL – is also essential. So we must keep at it. The election will make our work harder, but no less just. While the truth took a beating during this campaign, it remains necessary to tell the truth about...
October 18, 2016
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have released tax proposals. We previously looked at the winners and losers under each plan, as well as the cost of each plan. Today we look at what the evidence says about how they are likely to affect broadly shared economic growth.
October 18, 2016
Both the Clinton and Trump campaigns have released tax plans. For those of us who care about making the economy work better for all, there are three central questions to ask about tax proposals: How much do they cost, who benefits/who pays more, and will they result in broadly shared economic growth. Today, we’ll answer the first two questions, and take up the third in our Part 2 of this series.
August 24, 2016
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the law that placed a time limit on cash assistance for poor families with children and required some degree of work, job search, or training to receive benefits. The new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), a program pretty much nobody liked. Most people wanted poor parents to work. That included the poor themselves. Thirty years ago, a Los Angeles Times poll asked poor and non-poor people whether the poor wanted to earn their own living, and 68 percent of surveyed...
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