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Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 1:05PM

Jose Malena died last Thursday when he became trapped inside the industrial-size pressure cooker and his family claims the company has offered no explanation to them.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Scary, Familiar Way Romney Would Shrink the Food Stamp Rolls

The Scary, Familiar Way Romney Would Shrink the Food Stamp Rolls

by on October 17 2012, 9:36AM

Mitt Romney again used the 47 million Americans on food stamps a line of attack in last night’s debate. But his plan for fixing that is to simply let those families starve.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns--and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns—and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

by Imara Jones on October 12 2012, 9:41AM

After the vice presidential debate, the divide between the candidates on jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security could not be more stark.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan, Politics

In Historic Move, Walmart Workers Across Los Angeles Walk Off the Job

In Historic Move, Walmart Workers Across Los Angeles Walk Off the Job

by Julianne Hing on October 4 2012, 1:13PM

Workers say the retail giant is retaliating against workers who are trying to organize.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

A Tech Innovation in Detroit: Connect People, Not Computers

by Jamilah King on October 3 2012, 10:05AM

A technology project in Detroit is making in-roads based on an old school philosophy that the Internet can’t solve every problem by itself.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Media

Calif. Gov. Vetoes Legislation That Would Protect Farm Workers from Heat-Related Deaths

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 10:28AM

Since California issued regulations in 2005 to keep farm workers from dying of extreme heat, preventable farm worker deaths have continued.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Governor Brown Denies Overtime Protection to Domestic Workers in CA

Governor Brown Denies Overtime Protection to Domestic Workers in CA

by Jorge Rivas on October 1 2012, 9:59AM

Domestic workers in California will continue to be excluded from or discriminated against by most labor and employment laws.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

by Imara Jones on September 18 2012, 2:06PM

Mitt Romney didn’t use the word “black” in his ‘47 Percent’ remarks. He didn’t have to. The nature of his economic smear did it for him.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

L.A. Residents Call Cash Thrown By Robbers During Chase 'Stimulus Package'

L.A. Residents Call Cash Thrown By Robbers During Chase ‘Stimulus Package’

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2012, 12:42PM

Footage from news helicopters showed the suspects driving a black Volvo SUV and throwing dollar bills out the window as neighborhood residents ran out to pick up the cash.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Romney's Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

Romney’s Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

by Imara Jones on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

At their core, Romney’s priorities assert that the few should have more, and that the rest of us should pay for it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S.

Brooklyn Is the Second Most Expensive Place to Live in the U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2012, 12:27PM

Brooklyn rents grew at an average rate of nearly 6.58 percent last year, compared with 0.37 percent in 2010.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

by Imara Jones on September 6 2012, 9:50AM

The president has a plan to end the Depression-level unemployment in black and brown communities, thereby reversing the overall jobs picture. He refuses to say that, and it matters.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

RNC Custodial Crew Paid Below Minimum Wage

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 4:30PM

The janitors working around the clock at the Republican National Convention ended up going home making less than Florida’s hourly minimum wage.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Did One Of Romney's Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

Did One Of Romney’s Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2012, 1:22PM

The video featured the Romney family inside their home several times but in one of the scenes a women who appears to be working for the family in the background was simply ignored.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Romney's Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

Romney’s Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

by Imara Jones on August 30 2012, 9:57AM

Romney doesn’t have enough white support to win. But he knows how to get it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

GOP to America: 'We Built It.' But Who's the We?

GOP to America: ‘We Built It.’ But Who’s the We?

by Imara Jones on August 27 2012, 1:15PM

As the Republican National Convention kicks off this week, the question remains: What’s Romney’s economic plan, and who’s it actually for?

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, /NOW

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

Actress Amy Poehler Stars in California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights PSA

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2012, 12:21PM

Actress Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) has taken the bill’s message and filmed a PSA in support of the passage of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

It's Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan

by Imara Jones on August 13 2012, 8:31AM

Though abhorrent, Ryan’s ideas are not new. Touted as an attempt to rescue America’s future, they’re ripped right out of America’s past.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

An Olympic-Sized Income Gap Even Among Our World Class Athletes

by Imara Jones on August 6 2012, 3:06PM

The division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent extends to the U.S. Olympic team. The United States sent 529 athletes to compete in 25 sports. The gaping income inequality seen in the wider society is stark even amongst…

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Olympics