Bipartisan Jobs Bill Tackles Urban and Youth Unemployment

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by Marc Morial (To Be Equal #28) – Just when it seemed Congress was no longer capable of working together on any level to serve the best interests of the American people, on July 9 members of both parties in the House of Representatives joined forces to pass a new bipartisan jobs bill, the Workforce [...]

Don’t Play Politics with the Debt Limit – by Marc H. Morial, National Urban League

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(To Be Equal #41) – On September 21, one week before the first government shutdown in 17 years, President Obama addressed the 43rd annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington. He told the 43 members of the Caucus and thousands of its supporters the same thing he has been telling the nation ever since, [...]

Raise the Minimum Wage Now – by Marc H. Morial

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“Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” Rep. George Miller (To Be Equal #22) – In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the movement, which has lost much of its momentum. But what might have been lost [...]

Supreme Court To Hear Major Affirmative Action Case – by Marc H. Morial

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(To Be Equal #39) – On Wednesday, October 10, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that once again challenges the right of colleges and universities to consider race as a factor in ensuring that all students receive the educational benefits of diversity. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, [...]

Occupy the Vote – No Bullies at the Polls – By Marc H. Morial

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By Marc H. Morial (To Be Equal #38) – Last week, a new report by Common Cause and Demos, entitled “Bullies at the Ballot Box,” took direct aim at Jim Crow-like tactics designed to challenge and intimidate voters at the polls. The report especially notes the campaign of intimidation that is currently being waged by [...]

Louisiana Supreme Court Changes Violate Voting Rights Act – by Marc H. Morial

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Joined in Objection by New York, NY – Louisiana has violated the Voting Rights Act by changing its voting procedures and processes in the way it plans to vote, according to a letter of objection filed with the U.S. Department of Justice by noted civil rights attorneys Ronald Wilson and William P. Quigley on behalf [...]

Life Expectancy Gap Between Blacks and Whites Narrows to All-Time Low – Marc H. Morial @nul @ncbcp

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(To Be Equal #24) – In recent weeks, we’ve shared with you the news that the birth-rate for people of color now exceeds the rate for whites, and that African American deaths from prostate cancer are declining. This week we got more good news about the health status of African Americans when the Journal of [...]

Justice Demanded in the Death of Trayvon Martin @NatUrbanLeague @ncbcp @greencampuses

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By Marc H. Morial – Being a young black man has been called the hardest job in America. Young black men are much more likely than white men to be jobless, in jail and labelled “suspicious,” sometimes with deadly consequences. Such was the case on February 26th, when 17-year-old high school student, Trayvon Martin, was [...]

State of Black America Town Hall – March 7th – by Marc Morial

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(To Be Equal #8) – Mark your calendars. Wednesday, March 7th is the date for one of the most important pre-election events of the year – the release of the National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America Report. We are urging everyone who can to join us at 7 pm EST on March 7th [...]

Don Cornelius – Love, Peace, Soul! – by Marc Morial @nul

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To Be Equal #6 – In 1970, a groundbreaking TV show, created and hosted by a suave, impeccably-dressed black man, literally danced its way into the soul of America and built a cultural bridge that we are still crossing today. Soul Train was the show and Don Cornelius was the man. In recent years, he [...]

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