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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
January 21, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
A deadline for Congress to renew an extension of benefits for the unemployed is fast approaching. The current program – which provides federal funds to states for extended unemployment benefits and a subsidy that pays for 65 percent of workers' health insurance under COBRA – is scheduled to expire on February 28.
January 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Today, the nation celebrates and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mic Check Radio, a radio project produced by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, is running a special MLK Day podcast today, highlighting King's impact on current efforts to eradicate poverty, eliminate racial disparities, and create living-wage jobs for low-income and minority communities.
January 15, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The unemployment rate for African Americans is set to soar to a 25-year high of 17.2 percent by the third quarter of this year, according to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute. The rate for Latinos is also expected to hit a record high of 13.9 percent this year.
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