N.A.A.C.P. Prods Obama on Job Losses

58896339With unemployment among blacks at more than 15 percent, the N.A.A.C.P. will join several other groups on Tuesday to call on President Obama to do more to create jobs.

The organizations — including the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group— will make clear that they believe the president’s $787 billion stimulus program has not gone far enough to fight unemployment.

They will call for increased spending for schools and roads, billions of dollars in fiscal relief to state and local governments to forestall more layoffs and a direct government jobs program, “especially in distressed communities facing severe unemployment.”

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Pictured: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the economy in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House November 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Obama later departed on his first official trip to Asia where he will make stops in four countries including China. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)