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What's wrong with these headlines?

Combating the Poverty Crisis in Black America[1]

African Americans: The State of Disparity

New Resource: Being Mindful of the Gap

Jun 30, 2011 | By Page May

What’s wrong with these headlines?

Combating the Poverty Crisis in Black America 

African Americans: The State of Disparity

In 1999 Martin Gilens wrote in “Why Americans Hate Welfare” that:

  • 65 percent of poor Americans shown in network television news are African American.
  • 62 percent of poor Americans shown in newsmagazines are black.
  • In surveys, over half of the public says most poor people are black; only one out of four say most poor people are white.
  • In reality, African Americans make up only 29 percent of the country's poor.

Today this gross inconsistency- between people’s racialized perception of poverty in the United States and the actual diversity of experiences- persists and continues to undermine the movement for economic justice.

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Blog: Democratic Plan

Jun 30, 2011 | By Casey Schoeneberger

Early Thursday morning, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laid out the Democrats’ plan to simultaneously work towards deficit reduction and promote job growth. Read more

Blog: Votes Just Aren’t There?

Jun 30, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Mr. Boehner, will blocking the vote to avoid default – for the sake of continuing huge tax loopholes for businesses and tax benefits for the wealthiest among us - really play well in the voting booth? Read more

Mind the Gap! Endorsements

The following organizations have endorsed the Mind the Gap! campaign:

The Spirit Level

Jun 30, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Many of us at NETWORK were intrigued by The Spirit Level – Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger, the book that shows why a less-equal society is bad for everyone.

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New Quiz:The Global Gap!

Jun 29, 2011 | By Page May

Test you knowledge of international wealth disparity with this new quiz!

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Blog: A Fair Way to Address the Debt?

Jun 28, 2011 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Over the last several weeks, the Biden group has made progress in coming to a plan to avoid defaulting on the debt. But all the compromises have been in increasing the number and amount of areas to be cut. Read more

The economy explained. In 135 seconds!

Jun 27, 2011 | By Page May

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said he could explain the problems with the economy in less than 2 minutes, 15 seconds—and he did it (with illustrations to boot). It’s great! Check it out.

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Blog: Ways to Address Budget Deficits AND the Wealth Gap

Jun 27, 2011 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Despite political posturing by some, we are encouraged by the growing realization that addressing our nation’s wealth gap AND budget deficits must include much-needed reforms of tax code provisions that currently “blow out the deficit and enable big earners to avoid paying their fair shares” (Washington Post, 6/26/11).

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