The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
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.
Infographic: Tax Breaks for the Wealthy, Corporations versus Programs Helping Children, the Unemployed, and Low-Income Families
February 23, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Center for American Progress has produced an infographic comparing the budget cuts to 10 federal safety programs being proposed by House Republicans against various tax breaks that primarily benefit corporations and the wealthy.
For example, the $8.9 billion in proposed cuts to low-income housing programs is equal to $8.9 billion in tax breaks given to people who pay mortgage interest on a vacation home.
Image source: The Center for American Progress
February 17, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights groups and anti-poverty advocates are calling on the House of Representatives to reject legislation that would make massive cuts in essential federal programs through the remainder of fiscal 2011, which ends September 30. The House is expected to vote today on the proposal, which would slash funding for education, health care, affordable housing, energy assistance and other vital domestic programs and could damage our still-fragile economic recovery.
December 16, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
As part of its effort to raise public awareness, the Half in Ten campaign is encouraging people to take an online quiz to test their understanding of poverty issues in the United States.
December 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Efforts to approve an extension of emergency unemployment benefits before a November 30 deadline were blocked in the Senate last night, leaving millions of workers and their families facing the potential loss of vital income heading into the holiday season.
October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.
October 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Half in Ten campaign has developed a new interactive tool that will help advocates, elected officials, and policymakers get a clearer picture of how increasing poverty rates are affecting constituents.
October 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Half in Ten campaign has released its latest interactive poverty map to help advocates, elected officials, and policymakers get a clearer picture of how increasing poverty rates are affecting constituents.
September 28, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
This Saturday, October 2, hundreds of thousands of people will come to Washington, D.C., from all over the United States to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the Lincoln Memorial. The rally will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
September 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
September 16, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Following the release of the Census Bureau's 2009 data, civil and human rights groups are calling on policymakers to take bold steps to reduce the number of people living in poverty in the United States.
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