On August 8th the Congressional Black Caucus’ Jobs for the People Tour will kick off in Cleveland, Ohio. Reps. Marcia Fudge and Andre Carson of Ohio will host the kickoff event. Last week the CBC announced a list of nearly 100 companies that will participate in the tour. They also announced their hiring goal: 10,000 people. The tour will continue will throughout August and end in Los Angeles, California.
“We want to get 10,000 people hired,” said CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, “If you have jobs, we have hundreds of people who need them,” he added. “As Washington continues the see-saw game on the debt ceiling, real people are suffering.”
African American unemployment is 16.2%, and black males represent the highest unemployment category at 17%. Last week, PEW released a report showing that the wealth gap between whites and people of color is the largest it has been since they began tabulating wealth gap statistics, at least 30 years.
Over the last two month, the CBC has added corporate sponsors, secured press coverage of the tour and put out a list of the companies that will participate. They hope to focus their efforts on actual hiring and results rather than “show and tell.”
Some of the companies that will participate in the tour are AT&T, Embassy Suites Hotel, General Motors, PepsiCo and Sprint. Other big names are General Motors, Google, Intel, H&R Block, Marriott, SunTrust Bank and Target.
Many of the districts CBC members represent are some of the hardest hit by unemployment. These include the districts of Reps. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles and John Conyers of Michigan.
Two weeks ago, National Urban League President Marc Morial and NAACP President Ben Jealous met with President Obama at the White House. Morial and Jealous focused on the grim employment picture for African Americans and the efforts of their respective organizations to spur new hiring opportunities, However, no new initiatives focused on high black unemployment emerged from the meeting or are planned in the future.
For more information on the tour visit this link http://thecongressionalblackcaucus.com/issues/jobs-initiative/