Streets across America have become the sounding board for the majority that refuses to remain silent in such turbulent economic times. The cry is for jobs, for economic justice, for a fair shake at making a decent living. AFRO reporters hit the streets of Baltimore to engage those who are struggling with unemployment and the accompanying challenges. This regular series will share their plight, one which is common to so many. What does it take to survive?
Clarence Massey, 30. Unemployed for two months. Former delivery driver.
"I've been looking everywhere, but I would like to work in my field. I'm very frustrated. It's hard to get a job when you have old felonies from when you were just becoming an adult. [I'm] trying to better myself now. Everybody looks at my past and says, 'we can't touch this.' Right now, I'm getting unemployment. I had to move back in with my mother just to make ends meat."
Sheri Jenkins, 34. Unemployed for 6 months.
"I'm looking for anything right now. Trying to get a job and start all over again has been the [hardest part]. I was frustrated a couple months ago, but right now I'm just tedious and bored. [Although] I'm receiving an unemployment check, it's still hard and I'm still struggling because my rent is going up."
Shanda Cure, 19. Unemployed for a year.
"I'm looking for something–it doesn't matter. Trying to get money to pay bills has been the biggest challenge. I'm very frustrated. I've been asking family for help and getting assistance from the government."