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Imara Jones

Imara Jones
imara head shot.jpg Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com. He served in the Clinton White House, where he worked on international trade policy, and was an executive at Viacom. Imara has a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia in political science. He's a proud resident of Brooklyn U.S.A.

Follow him on Twitter at @imarajones, and check out his media appearances here.

Subprime Loans Are Back With a Vengeance

Subprime Loans Are Back With a Vengeance

by Imara Jones on July 24 2014, 7:00AM

Lenders haven’t learned from the subprime mortgage loan meltdown. Now they’re entering the auto loan business.

Topics: Economic Justice

Citibank Pays Up, Finally

Citibank Pays Up, Finally

by Imara Jones on July 18 2014, 7:00AM

The huge penalty for duping investors on subprime loans won’t do much for the homeowners the bank bilked. But at least there’s a measure of justice.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy

Subprime Loans Strike Again

Subprime Loans Strike Again

by Imara Jones on July 17 2014, 7:00AM

Lenders haven’t learned from the subprime mortgage meltdown. Now they’re getting into the used car business.

Topics: Economic Justice

No Place Like Home?

No Place Like Home?

by Imara Jones on July 10 2014, 7:00AM

As the rich dominate the housing market everyone else is left behind. Given that white people make up nine out of 10 of wealthy households, the disproportionate gains at the top of the market have racial implications as well.

Topics: Economic Justice

Income Inequity Is a Choice

Income Inequity Is a Choice

by Imara Jones on July 3 2014, 7:00AM

Now is as good a time as any to ask whether American democracy and its winner-take-all capitalistic system are compatible or need to part ways.

Topics: Economic Justice

What Obama Gets Right About LGBTQ People in the Workplace

What Obama Gets Right About LGBTQ People in the Workplace

by Imara Jones on June 27 2014, 7:00AM

In the next couple of days President Obama is likely to sign an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against LGBT employees at any company that does business with the federal government.

Topics: Economic Justice

Why Don't We Raise More Hell About Unemployment?

Why Don’t We Raise More Hell About Unemployment?

by Imara Jones on June 11 2014, 7:00AM

This crisis seems to be missing something that its scale would indicate is needed: a sense of national urgency about the dire state of unemployment.

Topics: Economic Justice

Changing the Economics of Climate Injustice

Changing the Economics of Climate Injustice

by Imara Jones on June 2 2014, 9:31AM

The White House’s cap-and-trade plan comes five years after many hoped, but also right when communities of color need it most direly.

Topics: Economic Justice, Environment

The Economic Case for Reparations

The Economic Case for Reparations

by Imara Jones on May 28 2014, 7:00AM

There is a strong rationale for reparations grounded in airtight economic principals at the heart of the free market system: access to capital.

Topics: Economic Justice, History, Reparations

Lessons from the Bangladeshi Factory Collapse

Lessons from the Bangladeshi Factory Collapse

by Imara Jones on May 22 2014, 7:00AM

The only way to ensure real change is to transform our global economic rules to value workers no matter where in the world they might be.

Topics: Economic Justice

Why a Raise in the Minimum Wage Will Happen

Why a Raise in the Minimum Wage Will Happen

by Imara Jones on May 15 2014, 8:35AM

The faster Wall Street and corporations resisting the income hike grasp the political reality, the better it will be for the millions of people who work full-time but don’t earn enough to live; especially women of color.

Topics: Economic Justice

How the Most Ambitious Affordable Housing Plan in the Country Falls Short

How the Most Ambitious Affordable Housing Plan in the Country Falls Short

by Imara Jones on May 7 2014, 9:10AM

Should New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort on affordable housing falter, it would be a setback not only for the city over which he presides but for all who share his progressive vision in the United States and around the world.

Topics: Economic Justice

Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and Affirmative Action

Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and Affirmative Action

by Imara Jones on April 28 2014, 7:00AM

The spectacle of racist rancher Cliven Bundy and racist NBA owner Donald Sterling underscore why minority political and economic rights cannot rest solely upon majority rule.

Topics: Economic Justice

The Truth About the Housing Rebound

The Truth About the Housing Rebound

by Imara Jones on April 22 2014, 7:00AM

The housing market may be back, but it’s returning in a way that only enlarges existing inequities.

Topics: Economic Justice

How Some Tax Preparers Feed on the Working Poor

How Some Tax Preparers Feed on the Working Poor

by Imara Jones on April 10 2014, 7:00AM

By siphoning off hundreds of dollars in fees from some of the nation’s neediest taxpayers, the $100 billion tax preparation industry can diminish the economic lifeline that tax refunds have come to be for millions of America’s struggling families.

Topics: Economic Justice

Good Health Is Good for the Economy

Good Health Is Good for the Economy

by Imara Jones on April 2 2014, 7:00AM

With its potential to increase wellness and decrease illness among Americans on the economic margins, the long-term effects of the Affordable Care Act could be a big deal for the economic well-being of America’s working poor.

Topics: Economic Justice, Health, Obamacare

The Economic Truth About the 'Model Minority'

The Economic Truth About the ‘Model Minority’

by Imara Jones on March 25 2014, 7:00AM

Recent history underscores the fact that we can’t make smart economic decisions based on wrongheaded stereotypes.

Topics: Economic Justice

Paul Ryan's Fatally Flawed Economics

Paul Ryan’s Fatally Flawed Economics

by Imara Jones on March 19 2014, 7:00AM

Last week Paul Ryan said that “inner city” men don’t understand work. Here’s a look at the ideas that undergird his statement.

Topics: Economic Justice

Keeping it Real About Our Growing Economy

Keeping it Real About Our Growing Economy

by Imara Jones on March 13 2014, 7:00AM

Five reasons why the sunny projections probably don’t mirror your reality

Topics: Economic Justice

Four Ways to Go Beyond

Four Ways to Go Beyond “My Brother’s Keeper”

by Imara Jones on March 5 2014, 7:00AM

The truth is that given the limited goals of My Brothers Keeper it may be too unambitious for the task required. Here are four ways to supercharge it.

Topics: Economic Justice

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