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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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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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Census Data Show Effectiveness of Low-Income Programs; But Racial Disparities, Inequality Persist

September 12, 2012 - Posted by Corrine Yu

The percentage of Americans living in poverty fell slightly from 15.1 to 15 percent from 2010 to 2011, while the percentage lacking health insurance dropped from 16.3 percent to 15.7 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data. The report also showed incomes rising for the top 5 percent of households, but falling for those in the middle.

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New Report Outlines Steps to Strengthening the Economy through Shared Prosperity

August 1, 2012 - Posted by Willie Roberson

Policies that promote job growth, economic security, and democracy are the foundation for an economy that will benefit all, according to a new independent report by Professor Jacob Hacker and Nathaniel Loewentheil of Yale University. The report was released Tuesday at an event hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Millions Counting on Congress to Extend Unemployment Benefits

December 1, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

More than six million Americans are facing the potential loss of a financial lifeline if Congress fails to pass an extension of emergency unemployment benefits which expires on December 31.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Balanced Budget Amendments in U.S. Senate

November 29, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is opposing efforts in the U.S. Senate to pass a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution.

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House Votes Down Balanced Budget Amendment

November 18, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Civil and human rights advocates today applauded members of Congress for rejecting a misguided effort to amend the U.S. Constitution with a balanced budget amendment.

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