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Time to Raise Minimum Wage

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:29.

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and John Travis Holt  SNAP benefitsThe first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It’s time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour. According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, the value of the minimum wage peaked in 1968. If the minimum wage had been indexed to the official Consumer Price Index each year, the minimum wage today would be $10.52. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2007, when it was raised from $5.15 to $7.25. Still, there is resistance. Republican leaders say raising the minimum wage will cost jobs. But opponents, such as Washington Post columnist Jared Bernstein, argue that rather than job loss, employers compensate by charging higher prices and increasing productivity.

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Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:27.

Consumption John Travis Holt working womenWASHINGTON (NNPA) – As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report. “Over the last few months, Black women have seen the greatest decline in their unemployment rate, so there is a continual improvement taking place,” said Valerie R. Wilson, chief economist for the National Urban League. That improvement doesn’t seem to be the result of people dropping out of the labor force. Wilson continued: “It looks like there were actual gains in employment for Black women.”

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Target Initiates Ban the Box Nationwide

Written by Special to the NNPA from The Insight News on Monday, 11 November 2013 17:22.

it's John Travis Holt TargetPanel discussion moderated by Nekima Levy-Pounds featuring TakeAction Minnesota leaders Renee Zschokke, James Cannon, and Larcel Mack (Credit: TakeAction Minnesota) In an overflow meeting at the Capri Theater, executives with Target Corporation engaged in a dialog about how corporate hiring policies prevent people with criminal arrest – disproportionately people of color – from securing a job. The community meeting was organized by TakeAction Minnesota through its Justice 4 All, fair hiring campaign.

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NC Activists Concerned About Voter Suppression

Written by North Carolina News Service: on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:29.

Local elections take place in 200 towns and cities across North Carolina on Tuesday, and making sure every registered voter is able to cast their ballot is still a concern. Pasquotank County received national attention over an unsuccessful attempt to keep Elizabeth City State University student Montravias King from voting and running for city council. Staff attorney Clare Barnett, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, said she fears efforts to make it difficult for minorities and college students to vote could affect voter turnout across the state on Tuesday.

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Voter ID Still Wrong, As Cases Go To Trial In November

Written by Andrea Kaminski - Executive Director, Kit O' on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:18.

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The distinguished federal Appeals Court judge who in 2007 wrote an opinion upholding Indiana’s voter ID law recently said the court was wrong in upholding “a type of law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.” This is significant in Wisconsin as three of the four lawsuits challenging our state’s voter ID law go to trial in November. The law has been blocked by the courts since March 2012. Two of the lawsuits are in state court. The League of Women Voters’ challenge claims the state legislature violated the state constitution when it enacted a law that added a new qualification for voting – something which can only be done with a constitutional amendment. 
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The Corporate Plot That Obama and Corporate Lobbyists Don't Want You to Know About

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:17.

John Travis HoltA US-led trade deal is currently being negotiated that could increase the price of prescription drugs, weaken financial regulations and even allow partner countries to challenge American laws. But few know its substance.The pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is deliberately shrouded in secrecy, a trade deal powerful people, including President Obama, don’t want you to know about. More than 130 members of Congress have asked the White House for greater transparency about the negotiations and were essentially told to go fly a kite. While most of us are in the dark about the contents of the deal, which Obama aims to seal by year end, corporate lobbyists are in the know about what it contains.
 
 
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America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:14.

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There are 16.4 million American children living in poverty. That's nearly one quarter (22.6%) of all of our children. More alarming is that the percentage of poor children has climbed by 4.5 percent [3] since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. And poor means poor. For a family of three with one child under 18, the poverty line is $18,400. Meanwhile, the stock market is booming. Banks, hedge funds and private equity firms are making tens of billions of dollars again [4], while the luxury housing and goods markets are skyrocketing. 
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Shopping While Black: Is Conspicuous Consumption Related to Black-White Wealth Gap?

Written by Les Leopold on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:04.

Trayon Christian was racially profiled while buying a $250 belt at Barneys. Kayla Phillips was accosted by police after buying a $2,500 handbag from the same store [3]. Their treatment is unacceptable. Racial profiling is wrong—it is also ineffective in preventing crime. Al Sharpton is correct in his efforts to defend the basic rights [4] of people to be treated equally and fairly while shopping, regardless of their skin color.
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A 12-year-old Fights Against Voter Suppression Efforts in North Carolina

Written by Funke Oyelade on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:00.

A young girl who is not old enough to drive, vote or work is taking on what she sees as an unfair law to eliminate young kids from voting in North Carolina. 12-year old Madison Kimrey slammed North Carolina’s restricting voting laws that will not allow 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, reported the Salon. When Kimrey requested to meet with North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory, he declined, calling the girl “a prop for Liberal groups,” reported All Voices.
 
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Youth Unemployment at 15.9% in September Generation Opportunity releases Millennial Jobs Report

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 October 2013 15:50.

Washington, DC – Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan youth advocacy organization, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report for September 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:

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