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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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Unemployed Workers Experience Hiring Discrimination

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.

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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

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Civil Rights Groups Oppose Deep Cuts to Vital Federal Programs

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.

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Anti-Poverty Campaign’s Online Quiz Seeks to Educate the Public

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.

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Congress Lets Emergency Unemployment Benefits Expire, Millions Facing Potential Loss of Income

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.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

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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New Interactive Map Shows 2009 Poverty Rates by Congressional District

October 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Half in Ten campaign has developed a new interactive tool that will help advocates, elected officials, and policymakers get a clearer picture of how increasing poverty rates are affecting constituents.

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Website Maps 2010 Poverty Rates by Congressional District

October 1, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Half in 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 Community to Hold 'One Nation Working Together' Rally on October 2

September 28, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

This Saturday, October 2, hundreds of thousands of people will come to Washington, D.C., from all over the United States to participate in the "One Nation Working Together" rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the Lincoln Memorial. The rally will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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One Nation Working Together Blogmobile’s Cross Country Journey for Change

September 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On September 25, seven social advocates from One Nation Working Together in California embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C., as part of the One Nation Working Together Blogmobile.

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