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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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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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Civil Rights Groups Call on Congress to Reduce Poverty

September 16, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Following the release of the Census Bureau's 2009 data, civil and human rights groups are calling on policymakers to take bold steps to reduce the number of people living in poverty in the United States. 

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Study Shows Foreclosures in California Disproportionately Affecting Latinos, African Americans

August 30, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Foreclosure rates for Latino and African-American borrowers in California are 2.3 and 1.9 times the rate for non-Hispanic White borrowers, according to a new study by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL).

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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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