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ADVISORY: Weathering the Storm: Black Male Employment in the Recession

Friday, June 19, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:15pm

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

The recession is taking a toll on most Americans and has resulted in job losses not seen in almost 25 years. There are less jobs available, but black men have long faced limited employment prospects and disproportionately high rates of unemployment. The current degree of job loss among black men is particularly alarming. These losses will likely only increase as economic instability continues. To address this crisis, policymakers are actively focused on creating more jobs, but the issues that affect black men go beyond job creation. We must also address racial discrimination, high rates of incarceration, the impact of criminal records on job prospects, and limited educational attainment.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion that will explore the root causes of black men’s difficulties in the labor market and examine policy solutions that will reduce inequities and promote equal opportunity. Speakers will address the current status of black men’s labor market participation; race-based employment discrimination; barriers to employment posed by criminal records; and relevant legislative approaches to eliminating barriers to work.

Featured Panelists:

Algernon Austin, Director of the Race, Ethnicity, and Economy Program, Economic Policy Institute

Barbara Arnwine, Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Neil Bomberg, National League of Cities

Maurice Emsellem, Policy Director, National Employment Law Project

Moderated by:

Alexandra Cawthorne, Research Associate, Center for American Progress

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

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Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

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