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According to the 2007 National Urban League Equality Index, although many black men are doing well, glaring economic and other gaps continue to exist between them and their white counterparts. Because of its devastating and far-reaching ramifications, the status of the black male is the most serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today. The 2007 State of Black America report takes up this challenge with a fresh and in-depth look at the current conditions facing the Black male. Based on this research ...
According to the 2007 National Urban League Equality Index, although many black men are doing well, glaring economic and other gaps continue to exist between them and their white counterparts. Because of its devastating and far-reaching ramifications, the status of the black male is the most serious economic and civil rights challenge we face today. The 2007 State of Black America report takes up this challenge with a fresh and in-depth look at the current conditions facing the Black male. Based on this research and analysis by some of America's best minds, the National Urban League presents several targeted and comprehensive recommendations designed to eliminate the equality gaps and empower all Black Americans, male and female.
Posted July 5, 2007
Besides the war in Iraq, Katrina's shortcoming and how our government responded was a national embarrassment to the people of this great nation. With the Equality Index, I would have liked to have seen other races besides whites stacked up in this picture also. This is not a white only country or world. I found the statistics in this book or report to be at times fractionary. The Social Justice gap desperately needs narrowing. Blacks need to stop killing each other. We are annihilating our own race. If we don't manage our race better we will experience the same social and financial tragedies as the Native American Indians. Due to shorter life expectancy, least educated, high incarceration levels, black men will divert black women to consider more bi-racial relationships. Blacks can increase leadership positions through Union hubs. Ted Kennedy's reintroducing of the Employee Free Choice Act continues to reaffirm that feat. Unions were fundamental in building America's middle class, and they have a vital role today in preserving the American dream for working families. Union wages are 30 percent higher than non-union wages. In 2005 alone, more than 30,000 workers were illegally fired or retaliated against for attempting to exercise their right to have a union in their workplace. Every 17 minutes, a worker is fired or punished in some illegal way for supporting a union. (I PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL DETAILS) THE SECOND CHANCE ACT: The House Bill (H.R. 1704 or 1593) focuses on four areas: Jobs, Housing, Substance abuse/Mental Health Treatment, and Families. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, expenditures on corrections alone are costing taxpayers over $44 billion a year. Carlie's Law needs to be amended to reflect minor's under the age of 18 not 16. Just to re-echo some statistics, there are roughly two million people in America's prisons and jails. That's more people proportionately than we would find in prison in China or in Russia or any other countries that we often talk about human rights violations. The facts are clear that meaningful reentry programs significantly diminish the chances that ex-offenders will return to prison. There are roughly three to five thousand inmates per 100,000 thousand population in our inner cities across America. The Second Chance Act is basically a program that can pay for itself. The community reentry program run by Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries of Ohio stands by their motto of that ' people are more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than think their way into a new way of acting'. Provisions of Second Chance Act: There are over 3,200 jails throughout the United States. (That number far exceeds the amount of colleges and universities). According to the National Institute of Literacy, 70 percent of all prisoners function at the lowest literacy levels. Assuming appropriation of the authorized and estimated amounts, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1704 or 1593 would cost about $400-$630 million over the 2007-2012 period. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or receipts. In addition, the bill would authorize the appropriation of such sums as necessary over the 2007-2008 period for DOJ to make grants to state and local prosecutors to develop drug treatment programs for offenders that would serve as alternatives to imprisonment. H.R. 1704 or 1593 contains no intergovernmental mandates and also no new private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). Assuming the appropriation of authorized amounts, state, local, and tribal governments would receive about $250 million over the 2007-2011 period for prisoner programs. Quote from a sponsor of the Bill: 'This is a bipartisan bill supported by over 90 cosponsors, including me and virtually all of the criminal justice advocates and organizations in the country, including law enforcement who work with orWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.