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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The Senate today voted (54-42) to block consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), denying higher wages for millions of Americans, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, women, and LGBT workers. The bill needed 60 votes in order to advance to a vote on the Senate floor.
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.
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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