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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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New Online Tool Tallies Senate Voting Records on Extending Unemployment Benefits

August 11, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Amid the worst recession in 30 years and an unemployment rate stuck at 9.5 percent, the Senate has voted 12 times to extend emergency unemployment benefits and allow eligible workers to collect up to 99 weeks of benefits instead of the usual 26 in most states. But a review of senators' voting record shows support for these extensions among moderates beginning to erode despite the clear need for them and the fact that unemployment benefits are considered one of the better tools for stimulating the economy during a recession.

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Local Government Job Losses Could Reach 500,000 While Legislation Stalls in Congress

July 29, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Local government job losses could reach 500,000, according to a new joint survey from the National League of Cities (NLC), United States Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Counties.

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White House Unveils Plan to End Homelessness

July 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Obama Administration has released an updated strategy to combat homelessness. Drafted by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the plan -- "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness" -- lays out timetables for ending chronic homelessness among veterans and families and sets a path to ending all types of homelessness. 

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Extend Jobless Benefits

June 23, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Senate leadership is likely to try again this week to bring a bill to the floor that will extend unemployment insurance and COBRA benefits, after losing two procedural votes last week.

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Majority of Americans Support Extending Unemployment Benefits and Health Care Subsidies

June 9, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A new Hart Research Associates poll finds that 74 percent of Americans said that it is "too early" for Congress to cut back on unemployment insurance and COBRA subsidies.

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Study Shows Complicated Picture of Asian-American Unemployment

June 7, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A new study released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that although Asian Americans have the lowest unemployment rate of the major racial groups, in reality, the picture of Asian-American unemployment is more complicated when examined by education level.

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Congress Fails to Extend Jobless Benefits before Cutoff

June 3, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Under pressure from Democrats concerned about the budget deficit, the House of Representatives passed a jobs bill on May 28 that did not include $24 billion in Medicaid aid to states or a $6.8 billion subsidy to help the unemployed maintain health insurance benefits under COBRA.

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Unemployed Workers and Advocates Push for Comprehensive Job Creation Bill

May 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

With nearly 10 percent of American workers officially unemployed, civil and human rights groups recently joined with unemployed workers to push Congress to enact more aggressive legislation to end the jobs crisis and create opportunities for the future.

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Study Finds Major Rise in Wealth Disparity between African Americans and Whites

May 21, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The value of assets held by White families has risen sharply compared to African-American families, leading to what researchers at Brandeis University's Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) describe in a new report as a dramatic wealth gap.

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