Group calls for action to combat Chicago unemployment

December 11, 2009 4:21:32 PM PST
Some Chicago ministers are calling for more government attention to the recession's impact on minority communities.Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger joined forces Friday at St. Sabina church's resource and employment center on the city's South Side.

According to the Chicago Reporter magazine, the area has the nation's second highest unemployment rate, next to Detroit.

Reverend Jackson says if America has the money to go to war, it can find funding for the country's struggling communities.

"We need the same things that, in a real sense, Afghanistan needs: urgency, priority, time table, a budget, economic reconstruction and a green zone," Jackson said.

The Chicago reporter magazine reported that the collective unemployment rate for the Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Washington Heights and West Englewood South Side neighborhoods was 23.2 percent last year.


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