report | Nov 13, 2007

Blacks See Growing Values Gap Between Poor and Middle Class

Report Summary African Americans see a widening gulf between the values of middle class and poor blacks, and nearly four-in-ten say that because of the diversity within their community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. The survey also finds blacks less upbeat […]

report | May 2, 2007

Surge in Support for Social Safety Net

Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.

report | Sep 16, 2006

2005, Hispanics in the United States Statistical Portrait

This statistical profile of the Latino population is based on Pew Hispanic Center tabulations of the Census Bureau's 2005 American Community Survey public use microdata file, which was released August 29, 2006.

transcript | Nov 21, 2003

Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty and Welfare Reform

10:00am-Noon National Press Club Washington, D.C. Featured Speakers Include: Mary Jo Bane, Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Working Group on Welfare Reform (Clinton Administration) Lawrence M. Mead, Professor of Politics, New York University; Former Visiting Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University Moderators: E.J. Dionne, Jr. , Senior Fellow, Governance […]

report | Nov 1, 2003

Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, and Welfare Reform

Mary Jo Bane and Lawrence M. Mead Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion & Public Life E.J. Dionne Jr., Jean Bethke Elshtain, Kayla Drogosz, Series Editors People who participate in debates about poverty – and its causes and cures – often speak from religious conviction. But those underlying commitments are rarely made explicit or debated on […]

transcript | Jul 16, 2002

The Compassion Component: Welfare Reform and the Tradition of Social Justice

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. National Press Club Washington, D.C. Panelists: Ken Connor, President, Family Research Council Ron Haskins, Senior Advisor for Welfare Policy at the Domestic Policy Council of the White House Sharon Parrott, Co-director of Federal TANF Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Jim Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice Roberto Suro, […]

report | Jan 24, 2002

New Lows From New Highs

The long-term effects of the recession will likely depress employment and incomes in Hispanic communities at least through the end of 2004, and judging from historical experience that time span will be longer than for any other major population group. Even if predictions of a turnaround later this summer prove valid, pocketbook issues will vex Latinos for several years after the national economy recovers. Second-generation Latinos--U.S.-born children of an immigrant parent-- are now experiencing high job losses. In recent recessions Hispanic unemployment has fallen hardest on low-skilled immigrants. This time, young people who are the products of U.S. schools are experiencing the highest unemployment rates among Latinos. Many work in skilled occupations, including managers, technicians and professionals, and many are in the early years of household formation. Prolonged joblessness could prove a historic setback for them, their communities and the nation.

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