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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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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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Congress Must Act Now to Extend Unemployment, COBRA Benefits

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.

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Mic Check Radio Honors Dr. King with Podcast on Eradicating Poverty

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.

Listen to the podcast or download it for listening on your mp3 player. 

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Minority Unemployment Rates to Hit Record High This Year

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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