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Imara Jones

Imara Jones
imara_jones.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.

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: Economy

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: Economy

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: Economy, 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: Economy

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: Economy

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: Economy

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: Economy

Why Women Should Be First in Line for Salary Boosts

Why Women Should Be First in Line for Salary Boosts

by Imara Jones on February 26 2014, 7:00AM

Historic gender and racial forces have clustered all women into low-wage work and have pushed women of color into the bottom of low-wage positions.

Topics: Economy

Congressional Budget Office Misses the Mark on Minimum Wage

Congressional Budget Office Misses the Mark on Minimum Wage

by Imara Jones on February 20 2014, 7:00AM

Raising the minimum wage is essential to decreasing income inequality and raising the living standards of economically marginalized Americans who are disproportionately women and people of color.

Topics: Economy

The 1 Percent State of Mind

The 1 Percent State of Mind

by Imara Jones on February 12 2014, 7:00AM

Reinforced by political access, national economic policy, and their own echo chamber of social networks and media outlets, the super-rich have an outsized influence on and negative consequences for the reality lived by everyone else.

Topics: Economy

A Colorblind State of the Union

A Colorblind State of the Union

by Imara Jones on January 29 2014, 8:45AM

There was a fundamental element missing from the president’s diagnosis of inequality and his prescription for it: race.

Topics: Economy

The Crisis in Black and Brown Youth Unemployment

The Crisis in Black and Brown Youth Unemployment

by Imara Jones on January 15 2014, 7:00AM

With one out four blacks and one out of six Latinos under the age of 25 without work, a generation of youth of color risks falling behind.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Schools & Youth

Why Today's Unemployment Number Isn't So Great After All

Why Today’s Unemployment Number Isn’t So Great After All

by Imara Jones on January 10 2014, 1:19PM

The reason why the unemployment rate seems to be the best since 2008 is that so many Americans have given up looking for work.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The War on Poverty vs. Racism

The War on Poverty vs. Racism

by Imara Jones on January 8 2014, 7:00AM

The key barrier to embracing the War on Poverty and to building public support for a renewed poverty effort is the fact that right from the start Johnson’s program has been maligned and stereotyped beyond recognition.

Topics: Economy

The Grinches Who Stole Jobless Benefits

The Grinches Who Stole Jobless Benefits

by Imara Jones on December 17 2013, 7:00AM

And may further wreck the whole economy in the process.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

New U.S. Budget Proposal is Promising (Seriously!)

New U.S. Budget Proposal is Promising (Seriously!)

by Imara Jones on December 11 2013, 11:45AM

The two-year fiscal deal announced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) erases sequestration until 2016, restores funding to badly needed social programs, and allows for new investments in critical areas necessary to grow the economy.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Black Unemployment Almost Double the National Average

Black Unemployment Almost Double the National Average

by Imara Jones on December 6 2013, 1:41PM

The jobs report indicates that the economy is still figuring out how to recover.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Report: Half of U.S. Families Live on the Edge of 'Economic Chaos'

Report: Half of U.S. Families Live on the Edge of ‘Economic Chaos’

by Imara Jones on December 4 2013, 12:08PM

Economic insecurity has become the norm.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What's Driving This Year's Black Friday Mania?

What’s Driving This Year’s Black Friday Mania?

by Imara Jones on November 27 2013, 7:00AM

How the government shutdown fueled worker exploitation and sales panic among retailers.

Topics: Black Friday, Economy

How Obamacare Is Failing Poor Folks

How Obamacare Is Failing Poor Folks

by Imara Jones on November 19 2013, 7:00AM

While media focus on what the White House is losing, we have to remember that gaffes in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act make it that much harder for poor people of color to get adequate healthcare.

Topics: Economy, Health, Obamacare

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