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ERIC Number: ED539490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Men into the Mainstream: The Next Steps in Urban Reform. Black Men Left Behind: Reflections on Current Research. Civic Bulletin No. 44
Center for Civic Innovation
This document provides a transcript of one of three panels held at a Manhattan Institute conference in June 2006. In this panel, the issue of reconnecting a certain segment of disadvantaged men into the workforce is discussed. John McWhorter explains that the Manhattan Institute has been instrumental in forging the reform of welfare legislation, beginning with the actual legislation in 1996, and by all measures, this policy has been a success. It certainly has not been a magic bullet, but we are seeing that most of the women who have participated in these programs are working and childhood poverty, especially among African-Americans, is on the decline, and has reduced most quickly since 1996, when these programs were instituted. It can be said, however, that we have only done half the job in initiating these policies because welfare reform has focused in particular on women. Meanwhile, since about 1966, some men have experienced similar problems. We face a problem in that a very large number of disadvantaged men, particularly Black and Brown men, are disconnected from the workforce, regardless of the state of the economy and with only a fitful relationship to the availability of low skill work. The goal of this panel is to discuss what policies should be pursued to remedy this trend. The first panel presents an overview of the issues. Ronald Mincy, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at Columbia University, is the first panelist. Next, the panel hears from Hillard Pouncy, Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton and a specialist on anti-poverty legislation, whose work also focuses on bringing exoffenders back into the workforce. Next, Lawrence Mead, a professor in the Political Science Department at New York University and a specialist on anti-poverty legislation and welfare reform, will be heard. The panel also includes the Manhattan Institute's own Abigail Thernstrom, author of "Whose Votes Count?" and "America in Black and White," which she coauthored with her husband Stephan Thernstrom. More recently, she has written "No Excuses." [This bulletin is adapted from the first panel of three at a Manhattan Institute conference, "Moving Men into the Mainstream: The Next Steps in Urban Reform," held in New York on June 21, 2006. The other panel discussions are available in Civic Bulletins 45 (ED539492) and 46 (ED539491).]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute
Identifiers - Location: New York