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« on: April 18, 2011, 10:22:45 AM »
America recovering, Blacks still struggling
National Urban League’s new report echoes last year’s message about need for jobs


Economists say the recession is over. Recent national job reports illustrate an upward climb to recovery. Yet these accomplishments have not effectively reached the urban communities of color – neither Black nor Hispanic.

Marc Morial says about the state of Black America: “We can’t just sit back and expect the unemployment crisis to resolve itself.’’
Black unemployment is at 15.5 percent as of the March jobs report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Of those 13.7 unemployed Americans, 8 percent are White and 12 percent are Latino, according to the report.

In addition, a job loss count of 500,000 to 800,000 is due to a proposed $61 billion budget cut in the federal budget.

"With overall unemployment now at 8.9 percent and 13.7 million people still out of work, the recovery has yet to make a significant visit to communities of color," said Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL).

Since 1987, the NUL has published its comprehensive publication, "The State of Black America," to address what members, analysts and specialists see as the major issue affecting urban America for that year. Not much has changed. Last year it was "Responding to the Jobs Crisis." This year, the issue is "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs."

Program includes youth summer jobs

The report, which is both published in hard copy book form for sale and provided for free online, illustrates a devastated urban America.

The statistics illustrate a reality that has permeated and affected other aspects of American life, such as health care, international trade, education, housing and transportation. They are all a "jobs issue," Morial said.

Boasting its history as a "do-tank," the report – released this year during a town hall meeting at Howard University – presents statistical data about unemployment. But it also offers solutions in its 12-point plan, "Jobs Rebuild America: Putting Urban America Back to Work."

Unified effort by NUL, AT&T

The plan outlines needed initiatives from state, local and federal governments such as direct job creation and the renewal of the Youth Summer Jobs Program. The plan also promotes the development of a jobs initiative that creates positions in technology and broadband, health care, and clean energy.
AT&T and the NUL are working in cooperation to address the broadband gap in urban areas. The mobile corporation sponsored the unveiling of the State of Black America on March 31.
Vice President of AT&T’s Business Solutions, Xavier Williams, labeled a more universal Internet access and broadband job creation as a solution to job training, education, and health care.
These initiatives, Williams said, help to promote the "power of communication," which can greatly help Black Americans "learn a new trade so that they can be productive in the community."

‘No value to education’

To further discuss the implications of the report and brainstorm solutions to the issues, the NUL hosted a panel at the town hall.
Moderated by journalists Roland Martin and Jeff Johnson, the panel included AT&T’s Williams, radio show host Warren Ballentine, Michelle Singletary, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and other CEOs of Urban League locations.
"The reason those people are unskilled is because the education system isn’t preparing them," Johnson said during the panel.
Town hall guest Mayor Vincent Gray agreed on a need for educational reform, particularly in the Black community. "[We need to] underscore the importance of education. In the District of Columbia, we have close to 2,000 kids that don’t go to school," he said.
"The overwhelmingly large majority of those young people are African-Americans who see no place for themselves in schools, see no value to education, often times wind up in special education. [They] see no place for themselves, graduate to the criminal justice system," Gray said.

Early education touted as key

Gray sees early child education as the first steps of prevention to such an outcome. D.C. is the first city in America to have early child education available to every 3 and 4-year-old whose family wishes their child to be in the program. The earlier their start, Gray said, the better chances children have.

"If I could put a fetus in an early education system, I would," Gray said.
Morial concluded: "We can’t just sit back and expect the unemployment crisis to resolve itself. We need targeted solutions to get the economy moving and put urban America back to work."


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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 04:10:18 PM »

"If I could put a fetus in an early education system, I would," Gray said.
Morial concluded: "We can’t just sit back and expect the unemployment crisis to resolve itself. We need targeted solutions to get the economy moving and put urban America back to work."

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