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Poverty & Welfare

There has long been a close association between the struggle for civil rights and the fight against poverty in the United States. The drive to dismantle segregation and defeat discrimination has been centered on the need to open the gates of economic opportunity, mostly closed to minorities, women, and other by both governmental and private action. 

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CFPB Releases Proposed Payday Lending Rule

June 3, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

At a field hearing in Kansas City on June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to rein in predatory payday and car title lending – an industry that targets communities of color.

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Census Data Show Inequality, Racial Disparities Persist

September 18, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty and income data for 2014 that show no statistically significant movement from 2013 figures. It’s the fourth year in a row that the official poverty rate, and the third year in a row that median household income, has not significantly changed.

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Civil Rights and Public Interest Groups Express Support for FCC’s Lifeline Modernization Proposal

September 8, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for comments on its proposal to modernize the Lifeline program to include broadband, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights submitted comments to the FCC on August 31 strongly supporting the proposal and offering recommendations for the modernization effort.

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GAO Report Bolsters Need for Lifeline Broadband Expansion

May 8, 2015 - Posted by Cheryl Leanza

The Lifeline program allows our nation’s most vulnerable communities to maintain telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable – service that is essential for connecting with loved ones, searching for employment, pursuing further education goals, engaging fully as citizens, and calling 911. But a recent GAO report, commissioned by Sen. John Thune, R. S.D., to evaluate the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reforms to the Lifeline program, quickly drew fire from some Republican leaders. They allege that the FCC should not work on expanding the program to broadband until it addresses points raised in the GAO report.

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Senate Passes Budget Resolution Harmful to Vulnerable Communities

May 6, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On May 6, the U.S. Senate voted 51-48 to approve a budget resolution that slashes funding for vulnerable Americans, underfunds transportation and education, and harms long-term economic growth.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Raise the Minimum Wage

April 30, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On April 30, lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour by 2020. The bill would especially help women, African Americans, Latinos, and other historically underserved populations who are disproportionately represented in minimum wage jobs.

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New Report Details Local Progress in Combatting Poverty

November 23, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

As part of its goal to cut poverty in half in ten years, Half in Ten released its annual poverty and inequality indicators report at an event at the Center for American Progress on November 17 featuring Sister Simone Campbell of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign.

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Reaching Low Income Communities of Color on Real Finances

November 19, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with the Asset Building Policy Network (ABPN) and brilliant corners Research & Strategies, undertook a public opinion research project aimed at improving the way we talk with communities of color about issues of financial health. Through a series of focus groups and polling, much of the findings were sobering – and not very surprising.

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Report: Raising Minimum Wage a Core Civil and Human Rights Issue

October 3, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

An increased minimum wage was one of just 10 demands of the August 1963 civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. More than a half-century later, the national minimum wage continues to fall short of providing workers their full dignity and a “decent standard of living,” as called for at the march.

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Reinvesting in Children 60 Years After Brown

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Wade Henderson

This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org on May 22, 2014.

On May 17, we celebrated the anniversary of a turning point in American education – a commemoration of the end – or so we hoped – of “separate but equal.” But even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, disparities in educational opportunities throughout our country continue to result in vast economic inequalities.

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