Philadelphia Unemployment Project
“We want to take that big abstract number — 700,000 — and show these are real faces, these are real lives,” said one demonstration leader.
John and Evelyn Dodds run the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, and three months ago took on a new role: temporary guardians to a newborn baby girl.
About 100 protesters marched from Philadelphia City Hall to Corbett’s regional office at Broad and Walnut Streets, demanding that he agree to expand Medicaid to cover an additional 700,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
“The recession started over five years ago, and we still are not anywhere near recovered,” says John Dodds, executive director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project.
Benefits to the long-term unemployed will be cut by 9.4 percent, beginning next week.
You can call them “Fiscal Cliff II” or “sequestration” or anything else ominous, but to the groups who serve the unemployed and those on medical assistance, they’re just plain bad news.
Call it the case of the disappearing speech: Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams suddenly withdrew his prepared testimony to City Council this past week in the face of opposition from activists to a proposed $500 fee increase.
Members from local chapter of MoveOn.org rallied outside of the Obama for America office at 15th and Market Streets to send a message to the President about the housing crisis.
Millions of Americans will continue to receive long-term unemployment benefits under legislation approved Friday in Congress, but the scope of the program is being scaled back to cover fewer people by the end of the year.
The just-released Federal Unemployment Report indicates more people are going back to work. The unemployment rate fell to 8.5% from an adjusted 8.7% from the month before. The news seems good, but is it really good news for those who are unemployed in the Delaware Valley?
Job hunters face a new challenge now: discrimination against the unemployed.
The US Census Bureau reports that in 2010, more than 46 million people were living in poverty — an increase of 3 million in just one year, and a 27-year high.
Some area homeowners at risk of losing their homes rallied today at Philadelphia City Hall to try to stop what’s expected to be one of the city’s largest sheriff’s sales next month.
The loss leaves about 41,000 working people in Pennsylvania looking for affordable health insurance.
On Wednesday, children of unemployed parents who otherwise wouldn’t have presents for the holidays received gifts from the Philadelphia Unemployement Project.
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