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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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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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President Obama Signs Jobs Bill; Groups Call for More Comprehensive Legislation

March 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, President Obama signed a jobs bill into law.

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.

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TANF Reauthorization Would Help Low-Income People Gain Long-Term Employment

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. 

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Census Bureau Develops a More Accurate Poverty Measure

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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Senate Inaction Causes 200,000 to Lose Unemployment Benefits This Week

March 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

UPDATE 3/3: Late last night, the Senate passed 78-19 a 30-day extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA.

Two hundred thousand jobless workers will lose their unemployment benefits this week as a result of the Senate's failure to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA last week, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP).

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Immediate Extension of Unemployment Insurance and COBRA Benefits

February 23, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Leadership Conference is urging the Senate to immediately extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and COBRA subsidies through the end of 2010. The current extension expires at the end of February.

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Civil Rights and Progressive Organizations Call for Comprehensive Jobs Bill

February 19, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A broad cross-section of the civil rights and progressive community, including The Leadership Conference, is calling on Congress to enact a jobs bill that will rescue millions of struggling Americans from job loss and foreclosure.

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Video: What the Federal Government Must Do to Tackle Unemployment

February 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Last week, the Jobs for America Now coalition, which includes The Leadership Conference, hosted an informative webinar examining the dire effects of the U.S. jobs crisis and the steps that must be taken to enable Americans to get back to work.

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