This year, as Congress prepares for the upcoming mid-term election in November, the Urban League Movement prepares to bring attention to issue of unemployment, income inequality and "The Great Divide" in our community that prevents so many from realizing their American dream.
The National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference is where Urban League CEOs and supporters--representing the more than 2 million clients we serve in 300 communities around the country--gather to press elected leaders for solutions to create growth and opportunity.
As in past years, we will again schedule a host of events that allow our delegates to engage face-to-face with key Congressional leaders, federal officials and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Finally, we will release the State of Black America report, “One Nation Underemployed” at a luncheon event on Wednesday to underscore our theme and over-arching priority for 2014.
Our policy priorities this year include:
JOBS/THE ECONOMY — Nearly five years after the official end of the Great Recession and in the midst of a fragile recovery, millions are still trying to recover from financial devastation, while millions more have joined the ranks of the long-term unemployed and face an uncertain future without a concerted effort by Congress. We will push for policies that drive job creation, improve wages for working Americans and incentivize savings and wealth building.
EDUCATION — While our children remain woefully behind in educational achievement, the implementation of Common Core State Standards represents progress toward closing this gap. We will advocate for the resources and support necessary to ensure that our children are able to leave high school ready for colleges or careers.
URBAN LEAGUE PROGRAMMING — Community-based organizations have borne the brunt of cutbacks through budget deals and Sequestration. We will push for full funding for our programs to help close the economic and social equity gap in urban communities.
HEALTH CARE — Despite an aggressive and unrelenting effort to stop it, the Affordable Care Act has become law. Opponents, however, remain committed to obstructing full implementation and undermining its effectiveness and benefits for those who need it most. We will advocate for full funding for all its provisions, and full implementation for Medicaid in all 50 states.