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Illinois' African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

Illinois’ African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

by Channing Kennedy on April 25 2012, 3:01PM

A new video shows how Illinois’ professional hair braiders worked with legislators to defeat a racially skewed licensing law.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy, /NOW

Community Leaders in LA's Chinatown Question if Wal-Mart Bribed City Officials

Community Leaders in LA’s Chinatown Question if Wal-Mart Bribed City Officials

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 11:45AM

LA group questions how an 11th hour building permit for Wal-Mart made it through the building department just hours before the City Council voted to ban the retail giant from the city’s historic Chinatown.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Ai-jen Poo, Activist Leading CA Domestic Workers, Makes Time 100

Ai-jen Poo, Activist Leading CA Domestic Workers, Makes Time 100

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 2:59PM

Ai-jen Poo leads a nationwide movement of nannies, housekeepers and care workers to gain long overdue workers’ rights

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending--a Knot That's Finally Unraveling

Taxes, Poverty and Predatory Lending—a Knot That’s Finally Unraveling

by Kai Wright on April 18 2012, 9:25AM

Throughout the so-called boom years, poverty was good business for tax preparers and the banks that financed their deceptive “refund anticipation loans.” That shady market is finally collapsing, but have banking regulators learned anything from it?

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Report: Banks Let Black and Latino Foreclosed Homes Waste Away

Report: Banks Let Black and Latino Foreclosed Homes Waste Away

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 12:13PM

Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank have let foreclosed homes in black and Latino neighborhoods lapse into disrepair, according to housing advocates.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

As iPads Bolster Apple Shares, Demonstrators Prepare for Nationwide Protests

As iPads Bolster Apple Shares, Demonstrators Prepare for Nationwide Protests

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2012, 4:56PM

As Apple’s market grows, demonstrators are calling on Apple to create a worker protection strategy to prevent workplace abuse, injury, and death in the factories that produce new iPad and iPhones.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, /NOW

How Are Racial Justice Activists Making Occupy Work For Everyone? [Video] Play

How Are Racial Justice Activists Making Occupy Work For Everyone? [Video]

by David Zlutnick on March 13 2012, 10:26AM

As spring comes, the world prepares for the Occupy movement to once again fill the headlines. Colorlines.com talks with Occupy Wall Street organizers who have sought to keep race in the movement’s conversation.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Campaign Uses Homeless Katrina Survivor as Wi-Fi Hotspot at SXSW

Campaign Uses Homeless Katrina Survivor as Wi-Fi Hotspot at SXSW

by Jorge Rivas on March 12 2012, 3:30PM

Meet Clarence. He’s homeless and selling wi-fi outside of the bigguest internet innovation conference but doesn’t have access to the internet himself.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

Reality Returns: Huge Black Job Gains Disappear in February Report

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 10:47AM

The sudden, sharp drop in black unemployment that set economists buzzing in January appears to have in fact been so much statistical noise. The February 2012 job numbers are out and black unemployment went right back up, to 14.1 percent…

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, /NOW

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

by Jorge Rivas on March 7 2012, 1:49PM

Almost all of the 30 million iPads sold last year were manufactured overseas and a consumer watchdog isn’t convinced Apple is doing everything they can to improve labor conditions in those factories.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Report Finds Black Families Greatly Overrepresented Among U.S. Homeless

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 5:22PM

In 2010, one out of every 141 black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate seven times higher than members of white families.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

L.A. Mom Deported After Protesting Foreclosure of Former Home

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 12:35PM

A 37-year-old mother of a 19-month-old girl, was arrested by LAPD officers for trespassing during a foreclosure protest at the home she used to live in.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Kamala Harris: In CA. 50% of Foreclosures are Black and Latino and They're Only 30% of Homeowners

Kamala Harris: In CA. 50% of Foreclosures are Black and Latino and They’re Only 30% of Homeowners

by Jorge Rivas on February 29 2012, 10:53AM

The Obama for America campaign announced last week California Attorney General Kamala Harris is one of the national co-chairs for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election effort.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Auto Bailout Saved Michigan--If You Don't Count Black Workers

The Auto Bailout Saved Michigan—If You Don’t Count Black Workers

by Shani O. Hilton on February 29 2012, 9:43AM

Mitt Romney and President Obama have slugged it out over the Detroit bailout. It’s clear at this point that the bailout revived the auto industry. But thus far, it’s not been enough to heal the most ailing part of Michigan’s economy: black employment.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

UVA Students Want You to Know Their Hunger Strike Fight is Real

by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 6:48PM

Strikers say the majority of workers at the university are mostly women and black.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

How Economists Tally Unemployment--and Its Affect on the Black Jobless Rate Infographic

How Economists Tally Unemployment—and Its Affect on the Black Jobless Rate

by Shani O. Hilton, Hatty Lee on February 23 2012, 9:55AM

January saw a remarkable three-point drop in black joblessness. Economists are skeptical it’s real. But why? Put on your data nerd hat, because we’ve got the explanation.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

It's Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

It’s Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 9:27AM

Elder poverty rates are twice as high among Blacks and Latinos compared to the U.S. population as a whole.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Street Corner Wisdom of Foreclosure Fraud: It Wasn't Me

The Street Corner Wisdom of Foreclosure Fraud: It Wasn’t Me

by Kai Wright on February 16 2012, 9:18AM

The San Francisco County assessor released an audit suggesting that many more demonstrable crimes were committed during the foreclosure bust than we once thought. That’s not a quirk. It’s rampant lawlessness. And it’s by design.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

House GOP's Jobless Image: Drugged Out, Lazy and in Need of a GED

House GOP’s Jobless Image: Drugged Out, Lazy and in Need of a GED

by Seth Freed Wessler on February 14 2012, 9:07AM

That’s the picture Republicans want in voters’ minds, too, as Congress prepares for yet another brutal round of jousting over unemployment benefits.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Trader Joe’s Finally Agrees to Stand with Immokalee Farmworkers

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 4:13PM

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced Thursday that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe’s will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW