U. S Virgin Islands Governor John deJongh is proclaiming at least a temporary victory this week as he tells how he steered his island out of the brink of bankruptcy into economic stability despite relentless political attacks from Puerto Rico over the Island’s strategic use of a federal excise tax program to create public private partnerships with two major rum producers.
National Urban League President and Chief Executive Officer Marc H. Morial today shared the personal stories of unemployed Americans with the Congressional Black Caucus during a hearing on the jobs crisis. “Their stories are both heartbreaking and hopeful,” Morial said. “They paint a portrait of Americans who are willing to fight with everything they have, if only they are given a chance to succeed. On behalf of the more than eight million Americans who’ve lost their jobs during this economic crisis, the National Urban League urges Congress to pass legislation that funds direct job creation, job training and youth employment.
Darden School of Business Offers Course on Markets in Human Hope
Three Darden School of Business professors believe you can, and they are guiding students through an unusual course called “Markets in Human Hope.’’
A number of areas within the Commonwealth have experienced firm closures, job losses and the resulting social dislocations. The public knows, broadly, about these trends. Less recognized is the reality that within these communities, a cadre of entrepreneurs has built stable, even thriving firms often overlooked by outsiders who can’t see past the general sluggishness of the communities these firms call home. That’s about to change.
But about 65,000 will not be able to answer so easily. For them graduation speeches proclaiming that "today is a beginning, not an end" will ring hollow. Graduation is the end for them. They are the children of undocumented immigrants. These young men and women have lived in the United States, perhaps for most of their lives. They've gone to school here. Like their fellow students, they've played sports, taken the state tests, worked at part-time jobs and been urged by their teachers to aim for the stars.
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