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Voices for Human Needs

Voices for Human Needs

By Coalition on Human Needs
Produced by the anti-poverty advocacy nonprofit, Coalition on Human Needs, we hope to educate emerging and experienced activists in their journey fighting alongside organizers, communities, and policy advocates for greater equity and justice. Each episode will focus on a current issue of anti-poverty policy being debated in Washington D.C., feature local leaders and national experts discussing this policy issue, and inform listeners about how they can get involved with ongoing advocacy campaigns. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW the show on your favorite podcast app and leave a 5-star review.
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How to Achieve Equity Before Birth? Paid Leave & Child Care For All.

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Demystifying Lobbying: How You Can Lobby for Social and Economic Justice
Read more about this episode’s topic, and actions you can take now, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog's Episode Summary: https://www.chn.org/voices/lobby-for-social-and-economic-justice Learn more about our other episodes and actions to take on ongoing policy and advocacy campaigns at: http://bit.ly/voices4humanneeds. If you have any questions or comments regarding today’s topic or suggestions for future episodes, please go to https://anchor.fm/voices-for-human-needs/message and record a message. Your voice may then be included in the next Voices for Human Needs Podcast! The full transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15iqfHM1d32j4aZ60vD2huYJhkxOQn4CK/view?usp=sharing To learn more about the work being done by our speakers and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below: Hwa Young Lee, RESULTS: https://results.org/blog/becoming-empowered-to-push-for-change/ Learn more about RESULTS: https://results.org/ Apply to or share the RESULTS Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship Application: https://results.org/fellowship/ Richelle Friedman, Coalition on Human Needs Use our Build Back Better National Call-In Days Script and social media toolkit to call your representatives in Congress and urge them to pass the Build Back Better! Join the Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All campaign
34:21
November 15, 2021
Undocumented and Unafraid: Student Advocates Speak Out for Immigration Reform
This episode of the Voices for Human Needs podcast features a panel discussion with young organizers and student advocates from the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), in addition to the Korean Resource Center (KRC), based in Los Angeles, California. On September 21, 2021, thousands of immigration advocates from across the country marched in Washington D.C. to welcome Congress back from their August recess at the “Welcome Back Congress – March for Citizenship, Care, and Climate.” This group of organizers, all of whom are DACA recipients and/or undocumented, discuss how they found the confidence to become more involved in the movement for immigration reform and securing a pathway to citizenship for themselves, and other undocumented communities.  Matthew Hernandez (KRC), Ferny Estrada (KRC), Hyunja Norman (Woori Juntos), and Hwangchan Yu (Hana Center) share more about the strength in intersectional organizing and making sure that all immigrant communities are represented in advocacy campaigns to finally secure a pathway to citizenship and permanent protections for undocumented immigrants. Rachel Koelzer, the Communications Manager at NAKASEC, also joins us and speaks to the benefits that a pathway to citizenship would have for the Asian immigrant community, specifically in being able to respond to increased incidents of hate and violence. Read more about this episode’s topic, and actions you can take now, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog's Episode Summary: https://www.chn.org/voices/episode-6-student-advocates-immigration-reform/ Learn more about our other episodes and actions to take on ongoing policy and advocacy campaigns at: http://bit.ly/voices4humanneeds. If you have any questions or comments regarding today’s topic or suggestions for future episodes, please go to https://anchor.fm/voices-for-human-needs/message and record a message. Your voice may then be included in the next Voices for Human Needs Podcast! The full transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EPefi7Wh4ggYAfyvMC929qXJ5dsTWlUJ/view?usp=sharing To learn more about the work being done by our speakers and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below: Take action with the #WeAreHome campaign: https://www.wearehome.us/. Rachel Koelzer, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium: https://nakasec.org/ Matthew Hernandez and Ferny Estrada, The Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles: https://www.krcla.org/ Hyunja Norman, Woori Juntos Pennsylvania: https://wooricenterpa.org/ Hwangchan Yu, Hana Center in Chicago, Illinois: https://hanacenter.org/ This podcast is produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: https://www.chn.org/.
17:33
October 29, 2021
Securing A Pathway To Citizenship & Immigration Reform
There is no better time than now to lend your voice to the fight to secure a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants! That’s why this week’s episode of the Voices for Human Needs podcast is all about the ongoing efforts of grassroots advocates, allies in Congress, and directly impacted communities across the country to finally passing legislation that protects millions of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and essential immigrant workers from deportation. You’ll hear from long-time immigration advocates Lia Parada, who currently serves as the Director of Legislative Advocacy at The Immigration Hub, and Diana Pliego, a DACA recipient herself, and Policy Associate with the National Immigration Law Center. Lia and Diana share how programs like DACA demonstrate the profound benefits that legal status has to support the educational and professional ambitions of millions of young and talented people. We also discuss why a pathway to citizenship for the millions of essential contributors to the U.S. economy is long overdue and must be fulfilled by members of Congress. Listen in to learn how anyone can take action at the grassroots and federal policy levels to urge Congress to pass a pathway to citizenship in the upcoming budget process and infrastructure legislation. Read more about this episode’s topic, and actions you can take now, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog's Episode Summary: https://www.chn.org/voices/securing-pathway-to-citizenship/ If you have any questions or comments regarding today’s topic or suggestions for future episodes, please go to https://anchor.fm/voices-for-human-needs/message and record a message. Your voice may then be included in the next Voices for Human Needs Podcast! The full transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IOgYgrQY9kGfHLr625vR0rm4uLfeLVEI/view?usp=sharing To learn more about the work being done by our speakers and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below: Take action with the #WeAreHome campaign: https://www.wearehome.us/. Lia Parada, The Immigration Hub: https://theimmigrationhub.org/. Diana Pliego, National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/action/. This podcast is produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: https://www.chn.org/.
26:12
September 28, 2021
Housing is Health Care: Finding the Political Will to End Homelessness
In this episode of the Voices for Human Needs podcast, co-hosts Abigail Alpern Fisch and Leo Nguyen from the Coalition on Human Needs discuss issues of housing, health care, and policy to address the challenges for those experiencing poverty and facing homelessness. Listeners will hear from two members of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC): Dr. Courtney Plasden from Portland, Maine, the council’s clinical director, and Art Rios Sr., the Chair of the National Health Care Consumer Advisory Board based out of Portland, Oregon. Courtney and Art share how their lived experiences with homelessness influence their ongoing work providing direct services to homeless populations both before, and during, the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we are joined by Steve Berg, the Vice President of Policy and Programs at the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington D.C. Steve shares how advocates at the grassroots and federal levels must continue to push forward policies during the budget reconciliation process and economic recovery legislation that could make a real difference in the lives of those at risk of, or facing, homelessness. Special thanks to Regina Reed at the NHCHC for cross-promoting this episode on her organization's podcast, the Poverty Policy Podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/poverty-policy-podcast/id1458526221 . Read more about this episode’s topic, and actions you can take now, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog: https://www.chn.org/voices/episode-4-housing-is-health-care If you have any questions or comments regarding today’s topic or suggestions for future episodes, please go to https://anchor.fm/voices-for-human-needs/message and record a message. Your voice may then be included in the next Voices for Human Needs Podcast! The full transcript of this podcast episode is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Lw6Y7IWR0rhxHSNNO22FVnKpGn9NIIm/view?usp=sharing To learn more about the work being done by our speakers and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below: Dr. Courtney Plasden, National Health Care for the Homeless Council:  https://nhchc.org/who-we-are/staff/ Art Rios Sr., National Health Care for the Homeless Council’s National Health Care Consumer Advisory Board Chair: https://nhchc.org/consumers/ncab/ncab-leadership/ Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness: https://endhomelessness.org/author/steve-berg/ This podcast is produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: https://www.chn.org
36:32
August 30, 2021
How to Achieve Equity Before Birth? Paid Leave & Child Care For All.
In this special episode of the "Voices for Human Needs" podcast, we continue our last discussion on the fight against child poverty, but with a focus on creating greater equity both before, and after a child is born. Our featured speaker is Joy Spencer, the Executive Director of Equity Before Birth, a nonprofit in Durham, North Carolina, and a member of MomsRising. Co-hosts Abigail Alpern Fisch and Leo Nguyen from the Coalition on Human Needs speak with Joy about how she channels her lived experiences as a single mother navigating limited paid leave policies and the lack of child care infrastructure into her professional and community advocacy work on behalf of positive health outcomes for all children and families. Joy’s story not only highlights the need to pass critical proposals within the American Families Plan that would expand infrastructure for paid family leave, medical leave, and child care, but also, how such policies will promote greater equity and support all families across the socio-economic spectrum, especially BIPOC parents. Last, but not least, Joy advises listeners on how to connect with other advocates in their communities and utilize storytelling to inform the elected leaders on these needed policies. Read more about this episode, and actions you can take now, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog: https://www.chn.org/voices/episode-3-podcast-paid-leave-child-care The full transcript of this podcast episode is available here. To learn more about the work being done by Joy and the organizations mentioned in this episode, please see below: Joy Spencer, Equity Before Birth: https://www.equitybeforebirth.com, Moms Rising: https://www.momsrising.org Joy Spencer’s Full Testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee April 21, 2021: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/sites/democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/files/documents/Joy%20Spencer%20Testimony.pdf Full House Committee Hearing: “In Their Own Words: Paid Leave, Child Care, and an Economy that Failed Women” April 21, 2021: https://waysandmeans.house.gov/legislation/hearings/full-committee-hearing-their-own-words-paid-leave-child-care-and-economy-failed National Partnership for Women and Families Report on Paid Family and Medical Leave: A Racial Justice Issue and Opportunity: https://www.nationalpartnership.org/our-work/resources/economic-justice/paid-leave/paid-family-and-medical-leave-racial-justice-issue-and-opportunity.pdf This podcast was produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: http://www.chn.org/
26:58
July 22, 2021
A Critical Moment to Reduce Child Poverty
This episode of Voices for Human Needs is all about how critical this moment in time is for children’s activists and the enduring fight to combat child poverty in the United States. Co-hosts Abigail Alpern Fisch and Leo Nguyen from the Coalition on Human Needs speak with national policy advocates Emma Mehrabi from the Children’s Defense Fund and Bruce Lesley from First Focus on Children. These long-time policy advocates and organizers discuss how policy has addressed children historically, the impacts of changing policy for children and families who rely on certain benefits as we find our way out of the pandemic, and how the recently expanded Child Tax Credit passed in the American Rescue Plan and ongoing economic recovery proposals in the American Families and Jobs Plans are revolutionizing the policy landscape regarding investments in children. Last but not least, Emma and Bruce provide suggestions for advocates and organizers of any age on how to take action in combating child poverty in their communities through advocacy and centering the voices of young people. Read more about this episode, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog: https://www.chn.org/voices/episode-2-voices-for-human-needs-podcast-reduce-child-poverty To learn more about the work being done by each of our speakers and their organizations as mentioned in this episode, please see below: Emma Mehrabi, Children’s Defense Fund: https://www.childrensdefense.org Bruce Lesley, First Focus on Children: https://firstfocus.org Spread the word about the Child Tax Credit and learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov. This podcast was produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: http://www.chn.org/
22:46
June 30, 2021
Raising the Federal Minimum Wage
This episode of Voices for Human Needs is all about the fight to raise the federal minimum wage. Co-hosts Abigail Alpern Fisch and Leo Nguyen from the Coalition on Human Needs speak with Judy Conti, Director of Government Affairs at the National Employment Law Project, Adam Orman, co-owner of a neighborhood restaurant in Austin, Texas, L’Oca D’Oro, and Trupti Patel, a lead organizer at One Fair Wage in Washington D.C. These policy advocates, activists, and organizers discuss the top-line impacts of raising the federal minimum wage through the Raise the Wage Act, the disproportionate impacts of a low federal minimum wage on women workers and BIPOC workers, and what listeners like you can do to organize in your communities in support of One Fair Wage. Read more about this episode, at the Voices for Human Needs Blog: https://www.chn.org/voices-for-human-needs/ To learn more about the work being done by each of our speakers and their organizations as mentioned in this episode, please see below: Judy Conti: The National Employment Law Project: https://www.nelp.org/campaign/raising-the-minimum-wage/ Adam Orman: Good Work Austin: https://www.nelp.org/campaign/raising-the-minimum-wage/, L’Oca D’Oro Restaurant in Austin Texas: https://www.locadoroaustin.com/values/, Newsweek article mentioned by Adam: https://www.locadoroaustin.com/values/ Trupti Patel: One Fair Wage: https://onefairwage.site/ This podcast was produced by the Coalition on Human Needs: https://www.chn.org/
28:42
May 25, 2021
Welcome to Voices for Human Needs
Welcome to Voices for Human Needs, a new podcast produced by the Coalition on Human Needs that serves as a go-to resource for both new and experienced activists in their journey fighting alongside organizers, communities, and policy advocates. Each episode will focus on a current issue of anti-poverty policy being debated in Washington D.C., feature local and national experts discussing this policy issue, and inform listeners about how they can get involved with ongoing advocacy campaigns. We at the Coalition on Human Needs advocate for ending poverty and alleviating social and economic hardship for low-income and vulnerable populations through federal policies, but we know we can’t do it alone. Join us to learn how you can become a better advocate to promote greater equity and justice in your community.
02:19
May 11, 2021