Black Caucus demands immediate action on jobs

Demands to address the country's jobs crisis are accelerating with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) joining a growing number of groups calling for federal action. The CBC will be hosting a "For the People Jobs Initiative" in several urban areas stricken by high unemployment.

The first stop will be Chicago and will be hosted by Congressman Danny Davis. The date has not yet been announced.

According to The Root, the tour will take the form of a jobs fair along with town hall meetings to focus attention on the challenges faced by job seekers. 

The Congressional Progressive Caucus along with labor groups is also sponsoring public hearings this summer in an effort to help shape the public debate.

Republicans in Congress turned a deaf ear to jobs legislation even before winning a majority in last fall's election. The tea party majority faction instead is fixated on cutting government spending and preventing corporate tax increases.

With African American unemployment twice the national average, the Black Caucus thinks that immediate steps must be taken. The jobs fair component of their For the People Jobs Initiative is aimed at addressing this concern.

In addition, the CBC has met with President Obama and presented his administration with job creation proposals for particularly hard-hit areas with monies already allocated by the federal government.

CBC head Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., in an interview with The Root, said, "We did present the president with a plan that would allow federal funds to go in larger amounts to areas where we've had persistent poverty and unemployment. The plan called on the government to use existing federal dollars so that there would not be the need for one penny to be appropriated above what we've already approved."

The Obama administration has looked at job-creating measures aimed at small businesses.

The 2 million jobs created over the past two years claimed by the administration can scarcely keep pace with 25 million needed to return to pre-recession levels. Unemployment has remained stubbornly high and now is once again over 9 percent.

The next speakout organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus will be July 16 at Miami Dade College. This will be followed on July 18 by a speakout in Pittsburgh.


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  • Dr. Elsie Harper-Anderson should be included on the CBC's Jobs Initiative Advisory Council. The range from conservative leaning Democrats to far right Republicans on the conservative side of the isle, the House and the Senate are amenable to loosening job creation valves with the right value proposition. With cuts in WIA (workforce development funding) and high unemployment trends across all sectors, Dr. Harper-Anderson cross-building recommendations allows for supply-sided economic stabilization and growth while proposing innovative pathways to invigorate workforce development systems along high-growth sectors and thereby creating tandem trajectories to stimulate economic growth and job attachment for dislocated and most vulnerable human capital. Her methodology offers a framework or "platter" which both sides of the isle can stomach: it should also be a leading track on the CBC's Jobs Tour when engaging local and regional leadership responsible for workforce and economic development decision making. It is the missing link of the "Jobs for Main Street" mantra. Just my .06 cent donation. Please, reinvest it :)

    Posted by DuShawn King, 07/05/2011 10:43pm (4 years ago)

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