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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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