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A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

A Timeline of the (Paltry) Job Creation Initiatives D.C. Has Mustered

by Shani O. Hilton on May 25 2011, 10:29AM

A review of Washington’s ambitiously conceived, but conservatively created initiatives.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Want an Equitable Economy? Start Building One Based on Abundance

Want an Equitable Economy? Start Building One Based on Abundance

by Chris Rabb on May 24 2011, 11:01AM

There’s enough wealth to go around, if we create businesses that build shared assets rather than exploit the consumption of many to enrich a few.

Topics: Economy, Wealth Gap

The Debt Ceiling: Explained (and Quickly)

The Debt Ceiling: Explained (and Quickly)

by Shani O. Hilton on May 20 2011, 9:35AM

The wonky economic fight boils down to this: How much are poor people gonna have to pay to spring the White House from the GOP’s latest trap?

Topics: Economy

Ohio Homeowners Storm Chase Shareholders Meeting

Ohio Homeowners Storm Chase Shareholders Meeting

by Asraa Mustufa on May 18 2011, 12:41PM

Dozens testified demanding accountability for Chase’s lending. The bank has rejected more modification applications than Bank of America and Wells Fargo combined.

Topics: Economy

More Than a Third of Adults Are Illiterate in Many Cities. What Do We Do? Infographic

More Than a Third of Adults Are Illiterate in Many Cities. What Do We Do?

by Thoai Lu on May 17 2011, 10:34AM

A new study in Detroit, where 47 percent are illiterate, digs into solutions.

Topics: Economy

What's Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let's Find Out

What’s Holding Up Job Creation in Washington? Let’s Find Out

by Shani O. Hilton on May 17 2011, 10:16AM

Colorlines’ D.C. reporter/blogger Shani O. Hilton will spend the summer blogging out the institutional and political hurdles, and the overlooked solutions.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Report: Big Banks Leaving Abandoned, Foreclosed Homes in Ohio

Report: Big Banks Leaving Abandoned, Foreclosed Homes in Ohio

by Asraa Mustufa on May 10 2011, 12:03PM

Filings in at least three of the state’s cities were nearly three times more concentrated in communities of color than in majority white ones.

Topics: Economy

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

by Michelle Chen on May 3 2011, 9:04AM

From the food industry to tea party benefactor David Koch, corporatists are hammering lawmakers to move pacts that have been stalled since the Bush era.

Topics: ALEC, Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren't Doing About It

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren’t Doing About It

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2011, 9:00AM

Rising food prices have plunged more than 44 million people in to poverty in the past year. That’s just the beginning.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

by Michelle Chen on April 18 2011, 9:27AM

On the same day this month, the president backed a Colombia pact he campaigned against, and new memos revealed how complicit Chiquita has been in anti-union violence.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

What Do You Thank Taxes For? [Reader Forum]

What Do You Thank Taxes For? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 17 2011, 2:05PM

With the deficit-reduction battle focused on service cuts for all of us and tax cuts for the rich, we stopped to ask what we’re all paying for. Here’s what some of you told us.

Topics: Economy

A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

A Swamp of Predatory Lending Drowns Struggling Neighborhoods

by Kai Wright on April 11 2011, 9:44AM

A growing number of states are trying to regulate high-cost, small-dollar loans. But the industry, with Wall Street’s backing, is moving fast to evade new rules.

Topics: Economy, Wealth Gap

Another Budget Deadline Approaches, Poor People Still Screwed

Another Budget Deadline Approaches, Poor People Still Screwed

by Shani O. Hilton on April 4 2011, 1:33PM

Congress has until Friday to decide whether to scapegoat struggling families by a lot, or just a little.

Topics: Economy, Politics

We're Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

We’re Nowhere Near the Mountaintop King Described Before His Death

by Kai Wright on April 4 2011, 11:29AM

King lent his celebrity to the black men who labored in Memphis’ refuge because they symbolized a global economy built upon exploiting black and brown people.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Financial Martial Law on Poor Cities

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Financial Martial Law on Poor Cities

by Rinku Sen on March 25 2011, 10:11AM

The state’s GOP shows Wisconsin how to truly steal from workers and give to corporate power.

Topics: Detroit Schools, Economy, Movement

Only the Employed Need Apply? CBC Rep Says That Oughta Be Illegal

Only the Employed Need Apply? CBC Rep Says That Oughta Be Illegal

by Shani O. Hilton on March 21 2011, 10:53AM

Reps. Hank Johnson and Jesse Jackson, Jr., drop bill to ban hiring bias against people already out of work.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

What Now? The Next Stage in the Public Sector Unions Fight

What Now? The Next Stage in the Public Sector Unions Fight

by Lindsay Beyerstein on March 11 2011, 1:50PM

Wisconsin has killed collective bargaining, but there and in other states, the battle is still building.

Topics: Economy, Wisconsin

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle

by Jamilah King on March 1 2011, 4:35PM

Public service workers are still standing up to union push backs.

Topics: Economy, Wisconsin

King's Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

King’s Fight for Unions Is Still Essential

by Michael Honey on February 23 2011, 9:22AM

MLK died fighting for the very rights that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a growing number of his GOP counterparts want to take away.

Topics: Economy, History, Jobs Crisis, Wisconsin

Jesse Jackson to Wisconsin Protesters:

Jesse Jackson to Wisconsin Protesters: “When We Fight, We Win”

by Kai Wright on February 19 2011, 1:00PM

Madison is looking more and more like the left’s moment of truth.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Wisconsin