According to Michelle Alexander, in her book characterized as a New York Times best seller, entitled The New Jim Crow “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, the Economic Opportunities Bill of 1964 proposed to Congress by President Lyndon Johnson embraced the antipoverty rhetoric with great passion calling for an “unconditional war on poverty. The war on poverty and the Poor People’s movement promise to address not only black poverty, but white poverty as well thus raising the specter of poor and working class movement that cut across racial lines. Dr. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights leaders made it clear that they viewed the eradication of economic inequality as the next front in the human rights movement and made efforts to build multiracial coalitions that sought economic justice for all.
In 2012 the war on poverty has been non existence. The poverty rate for poor people has triple since the Economic Opportunity Bill of 1964. The top 1% of wealth in the nation has continued to gain wealth in record numbers with tax breaks afforded to them by each Presidential Administration since 1980. The Occupy citizens attempted to educate the country on the disparity of economic development in 2011 but had much resistance by local, state, and federal authorities. The deficit for the country continues to skyrocket each year which has a profound effect for poor African Americans, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and every poor citizen in the nation.
The National African American Forum will be addressing those disparities at events, and conferences. The Forum will be seeking members and membership to address and fight the war on poverty.