A Youth Civilian Conservation Corps Will Build a Trail of Justice and Hope

The Hill
Friday, July 10, 2020

By Stephanie Meeks

Despite recent upticks in hirings, double-digit unemployment and a slumping U.S. economy have many drawing parallels to the Great Depression and calls for a new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal that provided millions of young men with conservation jobs.

While there are some similarities between now and then, the contrasts are far more glaring. Today, in addition to the prospect of a profound recession, we confront systemic racial injustice, deep societal fault lines and the ongoing risks and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic

Can a nationwide youth corps really help address these urgent issues? Absolutely.

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