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June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

June Jobs Numbers: Nightmare on Main Street, Part 2

by Kai Wright on July 11 2011, 9:53AM

How many times are we going to act shocked upon learning that the recessionary goblin isn’t actually dead?

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis, Kai Wright

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

How to Succeed at a Summer Job: Look White and Christian

by Jamilah King on July 8 2011, 11:32AM

Recent news shows bias is still getting in the way of work for young people of color.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

Putting People Directly to Work Is

Putting People Directly to Work Is “Too Radical” For Congress

by Shani O. Hilton on June 17 2011, 11:12AM

Still, there really are job-creation ideas out there. Really. Here’s another one.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Republicans Bash Immigrant Workers and Call It a Jobs Bill

Republicans Bash Immigrant Workers and Call It a Jobs Bill

by Julianne Hing on June 16 2011, 10:42AM

Labor and immigrant rights groups are pushing back against a renewed push to expand use of the E-Verify workers’ database.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Jobs Crisis

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.'s Shelves

The Job-Creation Ideas Gathering Dust on D.C.’s Shelves

by Shani O. Hilton on June 15 2011, 11:28AM

Really, they still exist. But Congress and the administration have stopped looking at them.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

How the Next U.S. Economy Is Already Failing

How the Next U.S. Economy Is Already Failing

by Kai Wright on June 8 2011, 10:00AM

The future that today’s young students and workers hope to build remains trapped by the inequities of yesterday and today.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright

Graduates, Go Forth and...Join the Unemployment Line Infographic

Graduates, Go Forth and…Join the Unemployment Line

by Stokely Baksh, Kai Wright on May 31 2011, 8:58AM

As millions of graduates join the workforce this summer, they enter a world in which there’s already a 4-to-1 ratio of job seekers to job openings.

Topics: Economy, Graduates, Jobs Crisis, Schools & Youth

Will 2012 Become Labor's Moment of Political Truth?

Will 2012 Become Labor’s Moment of Political Truth?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on May 27 2011, 9:09AM

Let’s hope so. Because workers of color have rarely been in more dire need of a true political voice.

Topics: Economy, Politics

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