Thursday, July 28, 2011
“It is clear that the unemployment numbers throughout the country require effective legislation and tangible action to address the crisis. To address the unemployment crisis and the need for job creation solutions in underserved communities, the CBC has called upon the private and public sectors to immediately remedy the crisis by going into communities with legitimate, immediate employment opportunities for the underserved.”
— U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
This past week Ben Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and I forcefully entered the debt ceiling debate during a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
During our meeting, we made it clear that as a final deal is hammered out to raise the debt ceiling and prevent the nation from defaulting on August 2, no steps should be taken that will shred the social safety net — the last line of economic defense for millions of working class and middle class Americans.
With African American unemployment at 16.2 percent and the jobless rate for Hispanics also in double digits at 11.6 percent, it (more here)