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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
With more than six million long-term unemployed workers facing the cutoff of vital benefits by June 2, The Leadership Conference and its more than 200 member organizations are urging Congress to pass an extension of jobless benefits through the end of the year.
Half in Ten Briefing Spotlights Solutions to Fight Poverty in Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities
April 14, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Fighting poverty requires solutions targeted to the unique features of different types of communities, according to anti-poverty experts convened by the Half in Ten campaign for a recent briefing on Capitol Hill.
April 8, 2010 - Posted by Beth Sadler
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Work Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal jobs program created in 1935 that directly created millions of jobs and provided essential income for the unemployed workers and their families during the Great Depression.
March 31, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A new congressional report by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), "Long Term Unemployment in the African American Community," shows that African-American communities have been among the hardest hit during the recession.
March 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Many experts believe the $18 billion bill, which includes tax breaks for small businesses, will have limited effect on the nation's unemployment and underemployment rates, but nonetheless think it's an important first step toward more federal action to address the jobs crisis.
March 9, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Women's groups, including 9to5, the American Association of University Women, and Legal Momentum, are calling on Congress to reauthorize and reform the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to provide low-income women and families struggling to meet basic needs with adequate assistance and educational opportunities that lead to long-term employment.
March 3, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Census Bureau announced yesterday that it will be developing a supplementary poverty measure that will provide a fuller, more accurate picture of economic trends and poverty in the United States. The new measure will be released in the fall of 2011.
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