Blog — Economic Opportunity

NAACP Economic Dept Announces Economic Education and Advocacy Micro-grant Opportunity

The Tides Foundation, in conjunction with the NAACP Economic Department has released a Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP presents micro-grant opportunities for any and all compliant units within the NAACP network that are interested in engaging in economic education and advocacy work in the communities they serve. Selected units must be able to meet specific performance measures which are directly connected to the National Economic Department’s vision and 2012-2013 objectives.


Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity

In Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity, author Chris Rabb explores the hidden factors that influence business viability when hard work, a great idea, and a good attitude are simply not enough. Nicole Kenney and Isabel Lorenzo, at the NAACP Economic Department, interviewed Mr. Rabb about invisible capital and how to leverage it to democratize entrepreneurial opportunity towards greater social inclusion, economic sustainability and community wealth-building.


May 2012 Edition of the Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage (www.naacp.com/econ) to view the May 15th Edition!


Chasing the Dream: The Black Immigrant Experience

Chasing the Dream: The Black Immigrant Experience is a three part series, written jointly by Isabel Lorenzo and Yehwroe Sinyan of the NAACP Economic Department. As children of black immigrants, we felt it was important to provide insights into the migration experiences of this unique demographic. The three articles of the series will highlight the following: 1) An introduction to the Black Immigrant 2) An evaluation of the challenges that Black Immigrants face in the 21st century, and 3) Recommendations on how all people of African descent can work collectively to advance social and economic justice in the 21st century.


NAACP Financial Freedom Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

For the NAACP, April is a historic month. April 4, 1968, civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated while advocating against economic injustice, a fundamental tenet of his Poor People’s Campaign. The Campaign called on the federal government to provide a stronger safety net for the poor because Dr. King recognized economic justice as intractably linked to racial justice. Continuing this call for economic justice, the NAACP re-affirmed economic issues as central to advancing equality and on April 4, 2011, the NAACP opened the Financial Freedom Center (FFC), the headquarters for the NAACP Economic Department.


March 2012 Edition of the Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage (www.naacp.com/econ) to view the March 15th Edition!


Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency

Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.


NAACP’s Financial Advocacy and Community Tour (F.A.C.T.): Know the Facts Takes to the Road

The National NAACP Economics Department will take its Financial Freedom Center program to the communities of six states in March, April and May to help boost the economic recovery of local residents hardest hit by the great recession and growing economic inequality.


Why the NAACP Image Awards Matter for Economic Justice

Recently, I attended the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. The Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. You may be wondering why I, the Program Specialist for the Economic Department, attended the Image Awards, but the connection between media representations of black Americans and the black experience is closer linked to economic justice than you might realize.


NAACP Economic Department Attends Slavery by Another Name Film Screening

Last week, the NAACP’s Economic Department were invited guests at the screening of PBS’s latest documentary, Slavery by Another Name, at the historic Ford’s theater in Washington, DC as a part of the inauguration celebration for the new Ford’s Theater Center for Education and Leadership.


Black Unemployment Rate Declines in January 2012

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 13.6% last month. This is according to the latest report on the nation’s employment situation released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly Employment Situation report. This rate was a sharp decrease from December, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.8%


January 2012 Edition of The Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage (www.naacp.com/econ) to view the January 15th Edition!


NAACP Supports White House Initiative to Increase Summer Jobs for Youth

Earlier this month, Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director of Economic Programs, along with Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP and Hilary Shelton, V.P. of Policy and Advocacy, participated in an all day summit on youth jobs at the White House.


NAACP Economics Department partners with Bank of America to present “Train the Trainer” Series

The Economic Department is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Bank of America to host a “Train the Trainer” series starting on January 17, 2012 and ending on February 16, 2012.


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