Poverty & Welfare Policy

What is color of poverty?  In the United States, people of color are more likely to be poor.  However, the social safety net is no longer strong enough to catch those who fall through the cracks.  Race Forward understands that to end poverty will require addressing the root causes of it's inequitable distribution.

The False Foundations of Welfare Reform

April 16, 2006

This report examines seven principles that laid the groundwork for the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act that ended the government guarantee of welfare assistance to low-income families. The report provides an overview and history of each fallacy used to support welfare reform as well as the actual result of the policies.

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Prospecting Among the Poor

April 15, 2006

Corporations Prospect for Gold Among the Poor. New Report on the Privatization of Welfare. Report Released, May 8, 2001. Contact: Andre Banks 917-456-7759

Fighting by the Book

April 15, 2006

By Gary Delgado. According to the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Welfare Law Center, people in the welfare-to-work pipeline can look to a whole range of federal laws for protection against various forms of employment discrimination. Full article available on ColorLines here.