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Job Discrimination is as Profound as Racial Discrimination

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. JACKSON of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, unemployment rates are too high in our Nation: around 9 percent nationally, and within our minority populations, that rate is even higher.

Finding a job is already difficult for hundreds of thousands of Americans, yet a growing number of employers are excluding jobless applicants from consideration--making the job search nearly impossible for those who are unemployed.

Companies have begun to post descriptions of vacancies including statements like ``unemployed applicants will not be considered'' or ``must be currently employed,'' leaving those in the most dire need of a job high and dry. It's a practice that I utterly oppose. Congress must put an end to it.

It reminds me of when blacks, women, and Asians were told they need not apply. Mr. Speaker, how on Earth can an unemployed person find a job if he or she is barred from applying?

Unemployment discrimination is as profound as racial discrimination. This is an appalling form of discrimination that deeply harms all Americans, hinders companies from finding the best workers, and further disables our economy. It should not be tolerated in America or anywhere else.

I again call on those plagued by unemployment and joblessness to send me their resumes and their stories to

From: Joseph Drake []
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:19 PM
To: americaresumesfor
Subject: My Resume and Story

Dear Congress: I am 60 years old, too young to be retired, too old to be unemployed. In the current economy and at my age and health my chances of re-employment diminish. I wasn't planning to retire early, but rather late, because of my small amount of savings. Now, when I do get a job again, I will have to postpone retirement even longer. I had almost no contacts about employment in spite of applying for about 6 to 12 jobs a week since I lost my job. My economic circumstances had gradually eroded so that I had to start living in a rooming house.

Since I returned to Seattle, in 1993, I have largely worked in either retail or parking and had worked for Ampco Parking for 13 years. I haven't had even 72 hours of work since I lost my job last September, and am almost completely dependent on my unemployment check. My bills are piling up. I am planning to start selling my book collection and some of my Videos and DVD's. I am planning to discount my landline and depend solely on my cell phone.

I have lived a diverse and interesting life. Like Obama, I was once a community organizer. I organised A Tenants Union in Santa Cruz, CA once, and then worked in organizing low income workers and neighborhoods, helping their causes and providing services. I have always been someone to volunteer, stating in high school or get involved, and to think of the needs of others. I volunteer at my church on movie nights, as an usher, and on the Peace and Justice Committee.

I have also been a journalist in the past. Now write two blogs and do other online writing. One of the blogs is about my unemployment and life in the margins of America, drawing perspective from the Catholic Worker movement and the social teachings of the church and the bible. My other blog is about the arts. Although I have my own political and religious bias expressed in my blogs, I have my non-Catholic, even non-religious friends, and many conservative friends. In fact some of my blog followers are conservatives to disagree with my solutions, my way of interpreting the social teachings of the church, but admire my concern for the poor and sympathize with my situation. I will probably post a copy of this email for them to read and put a link from my Facebook page to the blog post.

Now I am one of those in need, going to food banks, getting my coffee at Jack in the Box for 55 cents by asking for the senior discount, cutting every corner and buying only what I absolutely need. I hang out in lines with desperate looking characters.

I am uninsured, as Cobra was too expensive for me when I lost my job and I have what was supposed to be a sprain to the finger, but which was probably X-Rayed from the wrong angle, and seems like a permanent injury and deformation. While I can work and use my hand, I can't type with my small finger, or close it completely. Short of going back to the ER and getting more unpayable bills, without benefits I have no means to treat it.

I am hanging in their with the support and prayers of a great church community, my family and friends, my Facebook friends and blog readers. I try to be thankful to God every day for each little thing he provides me and to focus on the bigger issues--like the struggles of the Egyptian people, our nations problems, everyone else who is poor or unemployed. I am hoping, that like the 1930's, we will end the decade as a less selfish, more cooperative, more optimistic nation that when we entered these hard times. I will pray for our nations leaders tonight, that all of you get granted the wisdom to help our suffering people.

I have attached, saved in SkyDrive, my general purpose resume. I have of course have other resumes, but my general one tells my story.

God Bless you and God Bless all the poor and unemployed,


From: Heidi Burrell []
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 2:23 PM
To: americaresumesfor

HELLO: My family and I are Jamaican immigrants and we worked very hard to have the American dream. This means going to school, working 2 jobs and just doing anything that's legal to survive.

I was laid off June 2009 from a big law firm in NYC as a tax accountant making $70,000 a year. I applied to every job out there, even jobs that were half of my salary. I love the work I do, but companies are afraid to hire me for a 35-50k job. I've been out of work for 2 years June 2011. I was babysitting, until those parents lost their job. I've done other day jobs when they are available. It's very hard when you have kids to worry about.

To the congressman that said people are taking the unemployment checks and saving them ..... which planet are you living on? I receive $1620 a month: mortgage for my condo: $812; common charges: 371; insurance: 65, utilities (phone, light, etc): 185; student loan-private (federal on forbearance): 150; credit card: 235.

Thank God I receive food stamps for my children and I receive help from my ex husband (he only works for $12 per hr). I was never a big spender, my credit card bill happen after I purchase the condo. I cannot afford to go back to school and the grants that NYC offers is suspended. I was never looking to make 70k again, I just need a job that will help cover my living expenses.

Sometimes I feel that I wasted my time and energy doing the right thing. Look at the people on welfare, some never working a day in their life and you bust your butt working hard and going to school and this is what happens. I've attached my resume.

Heidi Burrell
610 Waring ave. Apt. 1H Bronx, NY 10467
(917) 421-6565


To secure a position utilizing my experience in areas of tax, clerical support and accounting.


Pace University--New York, NY; Bachelor of Business Administration 2007; Finance.


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY, Tax Accountant--2008-2009

Prepared federal/state and local supporting schedules for firm's annual partnership tax return.

Managed the timely filing and payment of all sales and use tax, commercial rent tax, and property tax returns.

Analyzed and reconciled expense accounts used for tax purposes.

Managed and maintain an inventory of all records for the partners.

Researched federal/state tax law to remain in compliance with current regulations.

Performed administrative tasks such as updating tax files, filing, copying, sorting mail and mailing partnership return.

Geller and Company, New York, NY, Tax Accountant--2005-2008

Prepared and reviewed 20 international branch supporting schedules for client's tax return.

Created and analyzed client's financial statements.

Prepared quarterly foreign tax projections.

Ensured the timely delivery of monthly and quarterly tax payment.

Acted as a liaison and maintained open lines of communication among middle managers and international accounting firms.

Morgan Stanley, New York, NY, Accountant (Internship)--2003-2005

Prepared state and local corporate tax returns, extensions and estimated payments.

Responded to state tax notices as needed.

Utilized CorpTax software to prepare returns including input, review of reports, and analyses.

Performed administrative tasks such as updating tax files, typing, filing, data entry and copying.


Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Office, Power Point, Access), eForms, SAP, CMS, CCH.


From: Stephanie Demar []
Sent: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 12:43 PM
To: americaresumesfor
Subject: Resume and Story on Unemployment

HELLO REP. JESSE JACKSON JR.: I have been out of work for over three years. I drew unemployment for 2008 and 2009. I have been living with family and friends because I cannot afford to live on my own. I decided to go back to school in 2008 when I lost my job due to a shoulder injury of an unknown suspect who jumped on me outside a local Whataburger Restaurant. This incident cost me my job, stability, and sleepless nights since it occurred because of the intense pain. I am a 33 year old Black female. I recently graduated from college November 15, 2011 from Ashford University in Social Science Education. I am not sure when I will get a job but I have been working as a Substitute Teacher in Arlington ISD here in Arlington Texas. I want to work and have been searching restlessly for years. I do not know what else to do but I know that I am looking for a change to come in my life soon. I have attached my resume as well.

I have recently heard that schools will be losing millions of dollars here in Texas. My concerns are if I recently graduated to become a teacher in Texas. Now that so much money is lost for schools, how I can get a job in my field and what do I tell my children that are asking me why I haven't found a job yet and I graduated from college? How do I tell my students at school to stay in school and go to college if they are watching me diligently look for a job but fail to find one because of all the loss of funds for the education? There are so many teachers who do not know if they are going to have a job next year. How can I think I will have a job in my field if so many are going to be fired?

Thank you,

Stephanie Demar
1611 Hanover Dr. Arlington, TX 76014
A highly qualified Management and Customer Service Professional

Summary of Qualifications

Demonstrated leadership with a proven ability to develop and administer instruction in a formal setting. Skilled in innovative development and challenging others to promote success in all areas of the workplace. Familiar with organizing teams and managed a group of individuals daily which played a significant role in the growth of the company. Excellent customer service and communication skills.


Substitute Teacher, 9/2010-Present, Arlington ISD, Arlington, TX

Supervised student learning according to the goals and direction of the school and the district

Phlebotomist I & II, 6/2004-4/2008, Carter Blood Care, Bedford, TX

Collected timed specimen from patients; keep lab area neat and clean while following all safety rules. Managed a team of fifteen employees for two years that established many successful blood drives


BA in Social Science with Education Concentration, 5/2008-11/2010, Ashford University, Clinton, IA, GPA: 3.85

Courses Taken Include:

Adult Development & Life Assessment--Provided knowledge of adult development and theoretical concepts of personal and professional learning while improving self-concept.

Contemporary Social Problems--Focused mainly on problems with racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse in society while being informed of contemporary problems in the workplace.

Social Psychology--Determined how thoughts, feelings and behavior has a huge impact on everyday living as well as how others are influenced by them in many different social situations.


President's Award, May 2009.

Dean's List, September 2008-November 2010.

Magna cum laude Graduate, November 2010.

Perfect Attendance, May 2008-November 2010.

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