Colorlines

Economy

Here's to Occupying Wall Street! (If Only That Were Actually Happening)

Here’s to Occupying Wall Street! (If Only That Were Actually Happening)

by Kai Wright on October 3 2011, 10:05AM

The Occupy Wall Street movement is building steam as protestors battle with NYPD over the right to peaceful assembly. That’s great, but the crisis at hand—crippling economic inequity—is once again lost in the din.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy, Kai Wright

Homeowners to Banks: Clean Up the Mess You Left in Our Neighborhood Photo

Homeowners to Banks: Clean Up the Mess You Left in Our Neighborhood

by Kai Wright, Sita Bhaumik on September 29 2011, 10:02AM

Amid all the deficit and campaign talk, it’s easy to forget the foreclosure crisis continues to destroy neighborhoods. Community organizers in East Oakland got fed up and delivered the dirty problem to its source.

Topics: #Occupy, Economy, Kai Wright

It's President Obama Who Needs to 'Stop Complaining' and Get to Work

It’s President Obama Who Needs to ‘Stop Complaining’ and Get to Work

by Kai Wright on September 28 2011, 11:51AM

Obama ruffled feathers with a speech telling black leaders to take off their “bedroom slippers” and join the battle for his jobs bill. Funny thing is, that’s just what they were trying to tell him.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright, Politics

Key Question of 2012: Do You Represent the People or the Banks?

Key Question of 2012: Do You Represent the People or the Banks?

by Kai Wright on September 20 2011, 10:43AM

The president vowed to make the rich “pay their fair share.” Let’s hope he’s serious. But either way, a new campaign launches today to make sure both parties must care as much about homeowners and workers as they do bankers in 2012.

Topics: Debt Deal, Economy, Kai Wright

Poverty Rate Hits New High As Racial Inequality Deepens Infographic

Poverty Rate Hits New High As Racial Inequality Deepens

by Stokely Baksh, Jamilah King on September 16 2011, 10:00AM

Meaningful political discourse has all but vanished. Here’s a look at the new reality for millions of struggling families in America.

Topics: Economy, Infographic

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

How Does the American Jobs Act Stand Up for People Of Color?

by Shani O. Hilton on September 9 2011, 3:24PM

While some have a lukewarm reaction to the president’s proposal, others say that elements of the plan could pay off for those who’ve been hardest hit by the bad economy.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama's Latest Jobs Plan

Compromise and Crisis Continue in Obama’s Latest Jobs Plan

by Shani O. Hilton on September 7 2011, 10:35AM

Tomorrow’s big jobs speech will feature more tax cuts than stimulus spending, and the GOP is still not into it. Sound familiar? That’s because it is.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

A Picture of the Jobs Crisis--in Black, White and Brown Infographic

A Picture of the Jobs Crisis—in Black, White and Brown

by Hatty Lee, Kai Wright on September 7 2011, 10:20AM

The president has crafted a polite response to an impolite problem. Here’s what the devastation looks like in black and Latino communities—so far.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

Stocks Are Down! Obama's Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

Stocks Are Down! Obama’s Unpopular! Wait, Who Cares?!

by Kai Wright on September 2 2011, 12:53PM

Another dismal monthly jobs report and another round of all the wrong questions and concerns. Meanwhile, millions of people continue fighting for survival.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

The Deadly Labor Behind Our Phones, Laptops and Consumer Gadgets

The Deadly Labor Behind Our Phones, Laptops and Consumer Gadgets

by Sophia Cheng on September 1 2011, 9:30AM

The world’s largest consumer manufacturer has drawn global outrage for a string of worker suicides in its factories. But the problem is rooted in Western consumer markets, not Chinese sweatshops.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Technology

D.C. Gets Back to Work--and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

D.C. Gets Back to Work—and to Its Lame, Half-Hearted Jobs Debate

by Shani O. Hilton on August 31 2011, 9:17AM

House GOP leaders will roll out more so-called jobs ideas this week, in anticipation of the president’s expected proposals next week. None of it is expected to meet the scale of the problem.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

As College Students Return to School, They Pay More Than Ever For It

As College Students Return to School, They Pay More Than Ever For It

by Julianne Hing on August 26 2011, 10:43AM

The prestigious University of California system is the latest public school in which students are now paying more than the state. As a result, say researchers, black students in particular will graduate with massive debt.

Topics: Back to School, Economy, Schools & Youth

96% of Florida Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test, Discredit Tea Party Gov

96% of Florida Welfare Applicants Pass Drug Test, Discredit Tea Party Gov

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 1:55PM

The state must now spend $180M a year to debunk the tea party-backed governor’s stereotypes of poor people. So much for smart, efficient use of public funds.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Welfare Reform Turns 15, But Here's Why No One's Celebrating

Welfare Reform Turns 15, But Here’s Why No One’s Celebrating

by Julianne Hing on August 24 2011, 6:56PM

In 1996 seven in ten families living in poverty received cash assistance. Today, that number’s down to only three in ten.

Topics: Economy

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

Feds Probe Los Angeles Sheriff Racial Profiling in White Suburbs

by Bryan Gerhart on August 23 2011, 10:51AM

Antelope Valley deputies are accused of profiling and harassing public housing residents in an effort to chase away a growing black and Latino population.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy

Who's Responsible for the Results of Philly's Record Joblessness? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Responsible for the Results of Philly’s Record Joblessness? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 22 2011, 9:04AM

Readers chime in on Philly mayor Michael Nutter’s call for personal responsibility from young black men — and his omission of his administration’s record unemployment and nearly-nonexistent spending.

Topics: Economy

'My Brooklyn' Examines Public Policy's Role in Gentrification

‘My Brooklyn’ Examines Public Policy’s Role in Gentrification

by Jorge Rivas on August 17 2011, 2:47PM

A new documentary takes an important look at a force that’s transforming the country’s cities.

Topics: Economy

Colorlines.com Survey: What Explains Racial Disparities?

Colorlines.com Survey: What Explains Racial Disparities?

by Dom Apollon on August 15 2011, 10:03AM

In a national survey, we asked people why the American Dream turns nightmarish for many people of color. Big majorities blame class. But whites are more likely to point to individual initiative, while blacks in particular see race as a problem.

Topics: Colorlines Surveys, Economy

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

Is Your Credit Report Hurting Your Job Search?

by Akiba Solomon on August 15 2011, 9:37AM

A growing number of employers are using credit checks to determine who they hire, promote and fire. Learn how race factors in—and what you can do about it.

Topics: Gender, Economy, Jobs Crisis

The Fed's Bombshell: Our Economy's Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

The Fed’s Bombshell: Our Economy’s Dead Until Congress Creates Jobs

by Imara Jones on August 12 2011, 9:37AM

After months of debate over the nation’s debt, the central bank’s unprecedented interest rates announcement this week was entirely about the jobs crisis. The subtext was clear: politics, not economics stand in the way of recovery.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Jobs Crisis