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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Act, Help Homeowners

September 14, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is calling on Congress to pass "strong, bipartisan proposals" contained in the American Jobs Act, provide help to struggling homeowners, and preserve recently-enacted consumer financial protections.

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Census Poverty Data Reveal Disparity and Urgent Need for Congressional Action

September 14, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Census Bureau data released yesterday reveal significant increases in poverty and a weakened middle class in the United States, underscoring the urgent need for Congress to enact policies that create jobs and to protect programs that benefit low-income Americans.

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Anti-Poverty Groups Seek Urgent and Bold Response to U.S. Jobs Crisis

September 6, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

With August 2011 unemployment data showing zero job growth and stagnant unemployment, anti-poverty advocates are pressuring the Obama administration to propose job-creation policies that address the full scope of the jobs crisis.

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Thousands of Citizens Draft a New ‘Contract for the American Dream’

August 9, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Amid an economy failing to produce full employment, extended wars, and a disproportionate focus on shredding the nation’s social safety net to protect the fortunes of the few, thousands of citizens have come together online to draft a new “Contract for the American Dream.”

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With Deficit Reduction Deal Secure, Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls for Job Creation

August 2, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights responded to news of Sunday's deficit reduction deal by urging lawmakers to take seriously the need to create jobs for struggling and unemployed Americans.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says Balanced Budget Amendment Would Be 'Disastrous'

July 29, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights today urged lawmakers to oppose a proposed balanced budget amendment being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Boehner 'Budget Control Act of 2011'

July 28, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The "Budget Control Act of 2011" under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a "devastating effect" on people of color, young children, students, older Americans, women, the jobless, and the uninsured, warned The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Reid Deficit Reduction Package

July 26, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

In contrast to proposals that would weaken Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. NV, has proposed a deficit reduction package that would preserve these vital programs.

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National Advocacy Groups: Deficit Reduction Cannot Increase Poverty

June 27, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Leaders from 25 prominent national religious, civil rights, charitable, economic research, and low-income advocacy organizations are urging the White House and leaders of both parties in the House and Senate to ensure that any deficit reduction plan does not cut programs for low-income families and does not increase poverty.

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