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A Campaign to Get Kim Kardashian to Endorse the CA Millionaires Tax

A Campaign to Get Kim Kardashian to Endorse the CA Millionaires Tax

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 1:04PM

Kim Kardashian made more than $12 million in 2010, but she only paid 1% more in taxes than a middle-class Californian.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

98 Percent Pass Indiana's Job Training Drug Tests

98 Percent Pass Indiana’s Job Training Drug Tests

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 4:26PM

The state has spent thousands of dollars to prevent 23 applicants that tested positive for drug use from joining the program.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Obama Skips GOP, Appoints Consumer Watchdog Cordray

Obama Skips GOP, Appoints Consumer Watchdog Cordray

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2012, 1:14PM

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the sole reform to come out of the financial crisis that aims to deal with that fact.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Latino-Owned Businesses Are Leading the Recovery

by Jorge Rivas on January 3 2012, 3:39PM

The number of Latino-owned businesses with more than $1 million in revenue grew to over 44,000 in 2007, up from just 29,000 five years earlier.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We're Screwed

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We’re Screwed

by Kai Wright on December 21 2011, 10:00AM

We have organized society around a misguided belief in unfettered growth and unrestrained capitalism. The question of 2012 must be how we begin building a society based on something different.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Economy, Kai Wright

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 12:00PM

Worried about last minute holiday shopping? Supporters of Marcus Books have developed a new tool to help folks get off their computers and shop in person.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

Obama Shuts Jim Crow Era Labor-Law Loop Hole for Home Care Workers

Obama Shuts Jim Crow Era Labor-Law Loop Hole for Home Care Workers

by Jorge Rivas on December 16 2011, 10:35AM

President Obama and Secretary of Labor Solis announced nearly 2 million homecare workers will soon have federal overtime and minimum wage protections. These workers, among others, were left out of 1930s laws at behest of Southern white lawmakers.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

A Bronx Tale: How Racism Created Poverty, and Still Perpetuates It

by Kai Wright on December 16 2011, 10:20AM

The poverty in which millions of people of color live is not accidental. It’s the result of decades of political choices that first created ghettos and then left them prey to a growing industry that profits from their existence. The Bronx offers a uniquely clear example.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy

Nation’s Oldest Black-Owned Bookstore Takes on Amazon’s Price Check App

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 10:25AM

The grandaughter of the partners that opened the nation’s oldest independent African-American owned bookstore says a recent Amazon.com promotion took competition a little too far.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What Congress Could Do on Jobs, While Hiding Behind Locked Doors

What Congress Could Do on Jobs, While Hiding Behind Locked Doors

by Shani O. Hilton on December 9 2011, 10:01AM

Several lawmakes literally hid from thousands who swarmed the Capitol this week to demand action on jobs. Here’s some of the actions they could have long ago taken.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

The White House's Flawed Attempt to Crack Down on Food Stamp 'Fraud'

The White House’s Flawed Attempt to Crack Down on Food Stamp ‘Fraud’

by on December 8 2011, 9:47AM

As the economic downturn continues, poor families of color are often forced to make tough choices. And it’s because they have little recourse.

Topics: Economy

Occupy Our Homes' Day of Action Sees Progress in Oakland, Seattle

Occupy Our Homes’ Day of Action Sees Progress in Oakland, Seattle

by Jorge Rivas on December 7 2011, 3:33PM

Several banks came to the negotiating table with home occupiers in West Oakland, Seattle and San Jose, according to protesters.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Thousands of Unemployed Workers Expected to Protest in D.C.

Thousands of Unemployed Workers Expected to Protest in D.C.

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2011, 12:28PM

The action comes as Congress votes on extending unemployment benefits to 2.2 million unemployed workers.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Tired of Backing Biased Restaurants? Finally, a Zagat's for Racial Justice

Tired of Backing Biased Restaurants? Finally, a Zagat’s for Racial Justice

by Rinku Sen on December 1 2011, 9:59AM

Noticing that all the bussers in your favorite restaurant are Latino and all the waiters white? And that black people are nowhere to be found—unless you’re grabbing fast food? It’s not a coincidence. And now there’s a guide for

Topics: Economy, How We Eat, Movement

Ex Philly Schools Chief Takes Heat for Unemployment Bid

Ex Philly Schools Chief Takes Heat for Unemployment Bid

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2011, 11:43AM

Former district employees say that Arlene Ackerman doesn’t deserve another dime from the city.

Topics: Economy

Got a Hustle to Pay Rent While Jobless? You're Part of a $1T Economy

Got a Hustle to Pay Rent While Jobless? You’re Part of a $1T Economy

by Yvonne Yen Liu on November 4 2011, 9:54AM

Neither the public nor private sector is doing much to create jobs, and those that are popping up aren’t very good ones. So a lot of folks are taking matters into their own hands.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

San Francsico Crowd Helps Black Woman Move Back Into Foreclosed Home

San Francsico Crowd Helps Black Woman Move Back Into Foreclosed Home

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2011, 12:50PM

Sixty people gathered in San Francsico’s Bayview district to help Carolyn Gage moved back into her family’s home.

Topics: Economy

Big Bank Law Firm Mocks Foreclosed Homeowners on Halloween

Big Bank Law Firm Mocks Foreclosed Homeowners on Halloween

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 11:50AM

Employees for the New York-based law firm Steven J. Baum think it’s funny when families lose their homes.

Topics: Economy

300 Colorado Homeowners Close Their Accounts at Wells Fargo

300 Colorado Homeowners Close Their Accounts at Wells Fargo

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2011, 2:41PM

On Tuesday, 300 members of the Colorado Progressive Coalition divested from the state’s largest bank.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy

Bishop Eddie Long Sued for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Bishop Eddie Long Sued for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 12:04PM

The suit argues that the embattled bishop helped trick his parishioners out of over $1 million.

Topics: Economy