The racial wealth gap between Black and white families in the United States has historically been troubling. In 2019, the median white family had about $184,000 in family wealth, while the median Black family had only $23,000 in combined wealth.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a once-in-a-lifetime legislation, will position our country to prioritize the economic and employment needs of Black America and Black workers, which has historically been overlooked and often intentionally left out of policy reform due to structural racism.
An Infrastructure & Jobs Plan that works for Black America can transform generations of economic access, opportunity, and viability within the Black community, allowing Black communities and families to thrive and flourish and finally engage in the benefits promised by the American Dream.
This discussion will bring together elected officials, union representatives, and NAACP leadership to discuss the economic opportunities presented by the Infrastructure Bill, and strategies for implementation that will center and prioritize Black workers, businesses, and Black Communities. This conversation has the potential to lead to an advocacy campaign on the administrative implementation of the Plan centered around Black America.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate fell from a high of 14.7 percent in April 2020 to 8.4 percent in August 2020. However, in May 2020, the Black unemployment rate reached a high of 16.6 percent, and as of August 2020, it was still at 13.2 percent.Learn More
LABOR WEEK OF ACTION
NAACP Labor Action Week 2021 will provide an advocacy framework and solutions for administering and implementing an infrastructure plan and address the racial wealth gap and systemic racism within the employment industry.LEARN MORE
Fight Economic Inequality
Help us continue the fight to prioritize Black workers, businesses, and Black communities in America for economic and employment equity.DONATE