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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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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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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Extend Jobless Benefits through End of Year

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.

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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.

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WPA Anniversary Demonstrates How a National Jobs Programs Could Help Now

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.

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Report Documents Long-Term Unemployment in African-American Communities

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.

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Poverty Reduction Is Key to Improving the Economy

March 25, 2010 - Posted by Beth Sadler

Half in Ten, a campaign seeking to cut poverty in half over the next ten years, is holding a series of briefings to highlight the connection between reducing poverty and growing the economy.

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