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.
April 12, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations, is calling on Congress to reject the Fiscal Year 2012 budget resolution put forward by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
"The Ryan budget makes cuts that are extreme and irresponsible, slashing or eliminating many services that are needed by communities represented by The Leadership Conference, including vulnerable and low-income people such as young children, students, older people, the jobless, and the uninsured," said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, and Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president, in a letter to members of Congress.
April 12, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In anticipation of the release of newly collected poverty data in the fall of 2011, advocates, researchers, and policymakers are considering how statistical tools, such as the Supplemental Income Poverty Measure, can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of poverty alleviation efforts nationwide.
March 31, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The consequences of workplace discrimination are most severe for low-wage workers, according to a recent study by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
March 8, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
In a letter to U.S. senators urging them to oppose House Resolution 1 (H.R. 1), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is raising concerns about proposed budget cuts to programs serving the needs of the most vulnerable Americans.
February 24, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Even though there are millions of unemployed workers looking for jobs, some employers are excluding them from job applicant pools regardless of their qualifications, a trend that is growing according to testimony before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week.
Infographic: Tax Breaks for the Wealthy, Corporations versus Programs Helping Children, the Unemployed, and Low-Income Families
February 23, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
The Center for American Progress has produced an infographic comparing the budget cuts to 10 federal safety programs being proposed by House Republicans against various tax breaks that primarily benefit corporations and the wealthy.
For example, the $8.9 billion in proposed cuts to low-income housing programs is equal to $8.9 billion in tax breaks given to people who pay mortgage interest on a vacation home.
Image source: The Center for American Progress
February 17, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Civil rights groups and anti-poverty advocates are calling on the House of Representatives to reject legislation that would make massive cuts in essential federal programs through the remainder of fiscal 2011, which ends September 30. The House is expected to vote today on the proposal, which would slash funding for education, health care, affordable housing, energy assistance and other vital domestic programs and could damage our still-fragile economic recovery.
December 16, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
As part of its effort to raise public awareness, the Half in Ten campaign is encouraging people to take an online quiz to test their understanding of poverty issues in the United States.
December 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Efforts to approve an extension of emergency unemployment benefits before a November 30 deadline were blocked in the Senate last night, leaving millions of workers and their families facing the potential loss of vital income heading into the holiday season.
October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.
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