Blog — Economic Opportunity

NAACP co-sponsors Global Youth Unemployment Conference

The problem of global youth unemployment has reached historic heights. In 2009, unemployment for individuals between the ages of 16-24 increased by almost 7 million.


Why We Still Need Black-Owned Banks

Since the 19th Century, African-American-owned banks have played a vital role in the economic development of our communities.


GMAC’s foreclosure foul-up puts predatory lenders on hot seat

This week, it was revealed that critical errors made by Jeffrey Stephan, the leader of an Ally Financial may have caused people in as many as 23 states to be "illegally driven" from their homes.


Can financial reform close racial wealth gap?

Today, the Senate is expected to vote on the financial reform bill. If it passes, it will introduce the nation to a package of sweeping regulations that will offer more consumer protection and industry supervision than has been provided in decades.


Bring Lessons from Convention Home With You

Inspired by Convention? Of course you are! You will return to your community with a renewed sense of commitment to fighting for civil rights and equality. But you might need a road map for advocating on the issues that affect your community.


Will End of ‘Swipe Fees’ be a New Beginning for Black Consumers?

Last Friday, small businesses won a significant victory when Congress announced that interchange fees associated with transactions involving debit and credit cards would be regulated by the Federal Reserve.


Do Undocumented Immigrants Take ‘African American Jobs’?

Public opinion is loaded with divisive rhetoric that suggests that undocumented immigrants are taking "black" jobs-low wage occupations in domestic, agricultural and other industries requiring manual labor.


The Jobs Disaster Requires Aggressive Action Now

Joblessness is already having a debilitating impact on virtually every community in the United States. And as is often the case, when life gets tough for America as a whole, it becomes devastating for black Americans.


Van Jones Will Receive This Year’s NAACP President’s Award. Here’s Why

Van Jones is an American treasure. He is quite simply one of the few Americans in recent years to have generated powerful new ideas that are creating more jobs here.


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