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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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President Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors, Emphasizes Shared Prosperity in SOTU

January 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 for some federal contract workers, an order that some groups hope will propel forward the enactment of federal minimum wage legislation.

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New Polling: Majority of Americans Believe Failure of Economy to Blame for Persistent Poverty

January 8, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson launched an “unconditional war on poverty” in his 1964 State of the Union address, most Americans believe that the failure of the economy to work for all keeps 46.5 million Americans in poverty and a third of Americans teetering on its brink.

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Senate Votes to Proceed with Unemployment Insurance Extension Bill

January 7, 2014 - Posted by Avril Lighty

The Senate today passed a procedural vote (60-37) to allow consideration of a bill that would temporarily extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans struggling with long-term unemployment.

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Half in Ten Campaign Releases New Report: Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013

December 19, 2013 - Posted by Avril Lighty

As part of its annual reporting on data to track progress in its goal to cut poverty in half in 10 years, Half in Ten released a new report yesterday, “Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013,” examining 14 indicators of economic security and opportunity at a state-by-state level.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Support Equal Employment Bill

December 5, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 49 other organizations submitted a letter to the Senate this week in support of a bill – called the Equal Employment for All Act – that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D. Mass., will introduce next week.

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Proposed SNAP Cuts Would Hurt Millions of Americans

November 13, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference


By Tamera Willis

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is urging Congress to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. In its letter, The Leadership Conference notes that proposed cuts to the program would have a devastating impact on vulnerable communities such as young children, students, seniors, the jobless, the hungry, and the uninsured.

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Resetting the Poverty Debate

October 31, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

By Tamera Willis, a Fall 2013 Leadership Conference Intern

Half in Ten, the campaign to cut poverty in half in 10 years, has released its annual report –Resetting the Poverty Debate: Renewing Our Commitment to Shared Prosperity – just a few months before the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty.

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House Must Act Now For American Low-Income Families

September 30, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis

In light of the looming government shutdown, civil rights groups are urging the House of Representatives to take action today to pass H.J. Res. 59 – the Continuing Appropriations Resolution for fiscal year 2014 – passed by the Senate on Friday, and to oppose any amendments to the current language.

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Census Data Highlight Devastating Impact of SNAP Cuts

September 24, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

By Tatyana Walker, a Fall 2013 Intern

As Congress considers deep cuts to the safety net, data released by the Census Bureau last week show that 46.5 million people are still living in poverty and job creation has not been enough to increase average household incomes.

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Advocates Say Election Shows that Americans Want a Federal Budget that Protects the Middle Class

November 8, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

In an open letter to President Obama and Congress that ran in today's Washington Post, a broad range of civil rights, labor, and progressive leaders urged them to "focus on rebuilding the middle class and strengthening our economy by investing in jobs, not cuts."

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