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 protected] 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: RAISE THE FULL $3.5 TRILLION FOR PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER ACT BY MAKING THE RICH AND CORPORATIONS PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE
Congress is drafting a historic ten-year $3.5 trillion investment in jobs, healthcare, childcare, education, the environment, housing and more. Every dollar of revenue not raised from the rich and corporations is a dollar not invested in children, families and working people.
But, a group of at least 11 corporate Democrats in the House are standing in the way, trying to limit the size of the overall package of investments and the money raised from the rich and corporations to pay for it. It’s up to us to fight back and demand Congress go big and bold.
The Washington Post reports: “Corporate America launches massive lobbying blitz to kill key parts of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion economic plan.”
Did you know that last year, 55 Fortune 500 companies paid $0 in federal income tax? That’s right! Corporations such as FedEx, Nike and Hewlett-Packard paid $0 on $40.5 billion in profits. In 2018, 1,500 of the country’s biggest multinationals paid less than 8% in federal income taxes, well below what many working families pay, in part by shifting profits to offshore tax havens.
And, according to the latest billionaires report from Americans for Tax Fairness, total wealth of just 708 billionaires increased by an astonishing $1.8 trillion, or by 62%, during the first 17 months of the pandemic. That would pay for more than half of Biden’s entire ten-year $3.5 trillion Build Back Better package. Some of those billionaires, such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, don’t even pay federal income taxes some years.
Labor Day Edition. In August, we saw slower progress in job growth than in the previous two months. The 1.4 million jobs gained included 238,000 temporary Census workers, whose jobs will end in about a month. While total unemployment declined to 8.4 percent, it was 13 percent for Blacks, 10.5 percent for Latinx, and 7.3 percent for whites, underscoring continued disparities in the way the pandemic recession is hitting different racial/ethnic groups. COVID-19 is not going away.“There are several states that are at risk for surging, namely North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, warning about the possibility of further spread over the holiday weekend. It’s been 5 weeks since the termination of the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, and so far only 15 percent of workers have seen the $300/week promised by the Trump Administration. The Senate took zero steps to act during its 25–day vacation; they’re coming back right after Labor Day, and what they will do is very unclear. In the meantime, the Centers for Disease Control judged the threat of millions of evictions a public health emergency requiring a broad moratorium on evictions through December 31. But with millions using up their meager savings to try to pay bills and one-third to nearly half of Latinx and Black households with children unable to pay rent, emergency rental assistance and more income assistance is going to be needed to keep people in their homes.
In 41 states (including Guam and D.C.) COVID caseloads either stayed the same or roseover the most recent 2-week period. (In 15 states plus Guam new cases per capita rose; 24 states plus DC stayed the same.)
How muchmoney jobless people have lost in 5 weeks since the $600/week Pandemic Unemployment Compensation was allowed to expire that they would have received if the House’s HEROES Act had been signed into law. Tweet this.
The growth from 2019 to 2020 in the percentage of Black households with children that were falling behind in rent or mortgage payments or predicting they would. Among Latinx households with children, the percentage increased from 33% to 44%. Among white households with children, the percentage rose only from 18.5% to 19.2%.
30 to 40 million
The number of people in renter households facing eviction – as cited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in its order announcing an eviction moratorium through December 31. So many evictions would result in overcrowding in housing and more homeless people in shelters, creating a public health emergency by increasing the spread pf COVID-19, CDC found. To make sure the moratorium applies to tenants, they need this from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.