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.
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.
Groups Urge President Obama to Support Elizabeth Warren to Head New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
August 10, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Twenty civil and human rights organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, delivered a letter to President Obama yesterday urging him to appoint Elizabeth Warren to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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