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No, you’re not imagining things: more and more events really ARE springing up all over in which average people are coming together to highlight the absurdity of a nation in which one in ten people are jobless at the same time that corporate profits and CEO salaries are shooting through the roof.  

Tonight’s event: A candlelight vigil/press conference this evening in Raleigh to shine a spotlight on our state’s unemployed and underemployed workers.

When: Tonight, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Where: Bicentennial Mall: 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC (across the street from the NC General Assembly)

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 The American Jobs Act (the Act) put forth by President Obama calls for increased infrastructure spending in an attempt to lift economic growth across the U.S.  With North Carolina facing an unemployment rate of 10.4 percent, far above the national average, there is a vital need for bold, effective job creation efforts to kick-start the state’s flagging recovery. 

Even as the jobs crisis continues, there is an urgent need to improve our nation’s public infrastructure. The Act would invest $30 billion for modernization and renovation of public schools and community colleges and $50 billion to repair the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and railways. The Act would be funded as a part of the President’s long-term deficit reduction planRead More

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Cumberland County is taking steps to join Durham County and a growing list of governmental bodies around the country that have “banned the box.” 

The “ban the box” campaign is, of course, a movement to convince employers of all kinds to alter their hiring practices so that questions about an applicant’s criminal record are not asked right up front on the initial job application. The concept is simple and sound: Read More