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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

Black Caucus Kicks Off Job Fair, Wants to Get 10,000 Hired

Black Caucus Kicks Off Job Fair, Wants to Get 10,000 Hired

by Shani O. Hilton on August 10 2011, 10:15AM

At least someone’s trying to be proactive about job creation.

Topics: Economy

Jimmy 'Rent-Too-Damn-High' McMillan Is Getting Evicted

Jimmy ‘Rent-Too-Damn-High’ McMillan Is Getting Evicted

by Jorge Rivas on August 5 2011, 11:16AM

The man who shook up the New York gubernatorial campaign with his catch slogan is getting the boot because his “rent is too damn low.” Still, he was right about everybody else’s rent.

Topics: Economy

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers' Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

Senate Bill Would Ban Employers’ Bias Against Out-of-Work Applicants

by Shani O. Hilton on August 4 2011, 9:22AM

Widespread reports suggest would-be employers and placement agencies are weeding out applicants who are unemployed—leaving the long-term jobless with even fewer options.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

The U.S. Doesn't Have a Debt Problem. It Has a Crisis of Values.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have a Debt Problem. It Has a Crisis of Values.

by Imara Jones on August 3 2011, 10:15AM

The debt deal is an extension of the grand bargain Washington’s leaders made with Wall Street nearly four years ago: to save the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. The U.S. doesn’t have a debt problem; it has a values problem.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

The Racial Wealth Gap's Larger Than Ever. Here's How It Will Destroy Us

The Racial Wealth Gap’s Larger Than Ever. Here’s How It Will Destroy Us

by Kai Wright on July 26 2011, 10:58AM

The wealth gap is now larger than it’s been since the Census Bureau began counting it. The foreclosure crisis is part of the reason, but its more symptom than cause for the building catastrophe in the U.S. economy.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Wealth Gap

It's Time to Lift the Debt Burden Wall Street Loaded Onto Our Backs

It’s Time to Lift the Debt Burden Wall Street Loaded Onto Our Backs

by Kai Wright on July 21 2011, 9:30AM

Banks have spent tens of millions trying to protect a predatory financial industry from accountability. There could be no more essential fight than making sure they don’t get their money’s worth.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Kai Wright

What Obama's Elizabeth Warren Retreat Says About His Power Problem

What Obama’s Elizabeth Warren Retreat Says About His Power Problem

by Kai Wright on July 19 2011, 11:47AM

Warren’s had the two most important qualifications for the consumer protection job: power and influence. But the president likes to give away both, and so banks got their way, again.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Thousands Rush for Low-Income Housing Vouchers in Dallas

Thousands Rush for Low-Income Housing Vouchers in Dallas

by Bryan Gerhart on July 19 2011, 10:17AM

For at least the second time in recent memory, chaos breaks out as families scramble to apply for affordable housing. It’s yet another sign of the country’s deteriorating safety net.

Topics: Economy

Melissa Harris-Perry Explains the Current Racial Wealth Gap

Melissa Harris-Perry Explains the Current Racial Wealth Gap

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2011, 2:35PM

For every dollar a white household has, the average black household has two cents. Melissa Harris-Perry offers some historical context.

Topics: Economy

Who's Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

Who’s Gonna Care for the Aging Boomers? Poor, Immigrant Women

by Shani O. Hilton on July 13 2011, 10:39AM

As the GOP pushes Medicare and Medicaid cuts, advocates urge Congress to make the programs work for three million home-care givers making poverty-wages—and the ballooning number of people who depend upon them.

Topics: Economy, Health