As millions nationwide remain unemployed and struggle to stay afloat in the most punishing recession since the Great Depression, civil rights and labor leaders note Latinos and communities of color continue to suffer the most in the country's current economic crisis.
Banks seized more than one million homes last year, a new record - and are poised to seize more.
Powerful corporate interests in Congress however are blocking jobs legislation.
With high unemployment appearing to be a permanent part of the economic picture, the long-term poor are turning to increasingly desperate measures to survive.
Extreme poverty and hunger is growing across the country, yet, a majority of states don't reach their entire eligible populations.