Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.
by Jorge Rivas on May 4 2012, 11:32AM
Teens faced the highest unemployment rate in April.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Jorge Rivas on February 28 2012, 6:48PM
Strikers say the majority of workers at the university are mostly women and black.
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.
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.
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.