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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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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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Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Balanced Budget Amendment

November 15, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

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

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Bill to Cut Poverty in Half Over Next Ten Years Introduced in Congress

November 4, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Anti-poverty advocates welcomed the arrival this week of a bill in Congress to begin laying the foundations of economic security and opportunity for the more than 45 million Americans living in poverty.

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Campaign Outlines Strategies to Cut Poverty in Half Over Next Decade

October 26, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Starting the clock on the work of cutting poverty in the United States by half over the next ten years, the Half in Ten campaign today released a new report outlining measurements and strategies to help achieve that goal.

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Website Maps 2010 Poverty Rates by Congressional District

September 23, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Halfin 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.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Says Obama Deficit Plan Is the 'Right Approach'

September 20, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights welcomed President's Obama deficit reduction proposal as a "balanced plan" that protects lower- and middle-income Americans and puts the focus on job creation.

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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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