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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.

Economic Justice Will Make or Break Today's Elections

Economic Justice Will Make or Break Today’s Elections

by Imara Jones on November 4 2014, 11:30AM

Lack of economic progress may lead to poor voter turnout.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics

A Concise History of U.S. Divestment in Black Men [VIDEO] Play

A Concise History of U.S. Divestment in Black Men [VIDEO]

by Imara Jones, Tatiana Lam on October 22 2014, 9:03AM

Economic justice columnist Imara Jones and graphic artist Tatiana Lam explain how black men have been excluded from generations worth of economic opportunity initiatives.

Topics: Economy

6 Ways the White House Can Help Truly Keep Our Brothers

6 Ways the White House Can Help Truly Keep Our Brothers

by Imara Jones on October 22 2014, 8:06AM

Let’s get specific about what the Obama administration can do in the next two years to fix generations worth of divestment in black men.

Topics: Economy

ISIS and the Cost of War

ISIS and the Cost of War

by Imara Jones on October 16 2014, 7:00AM

Unfinished business in Iraq and Afghanistan shows us that scaling up the military campaign against ISIS will create severe costs that won’t be shouldered equally by all Americans.

Topics: Economic Justice

Unemployment Stats Paint a Dangerously Incomplete Picture

Unemployment Stats Paint a Dangerously Incomplete Picture

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

The latest U.S. jobs report puts unemployment at a low 5.9 percent. But this number doesn’t reflect what’s really going on in millions of people’s lives.

Topics: Economic Justice

For Once, Common-Sense Ideas to Stop Income Inequality

For Once, Common-Sense Ideas to Stop Income Inequality

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

In two separate reports issued over the past week, a strange thing happened in the fight over America’s economic future: The nation’s big-city mayors and Wall Street got on the same page about the need for broad-based economic fairness.

Topics: Economic Justice

There's Still a Long Road to Economic Recovery

There’s Still a Long Road to Economic Recovery

by Imara Jones on August 6 2014, 7:00AM

Despite last week’s exuberant headlines, the economy is still moving sideways overall and remains downright dysfunctional for people of color and the working poor.

Topics: Economic Justice

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

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