ColorLines Investigation: Selling Food Stamps for Kid’s Shoes

by Daisy Hernandez on February 17 2010, 4:31AM

Eva has worked low-wage jobs in Hartford, Conn., since she was 16, and she managed over the years to support herself and her two daughters. But with the worst job crisis in a generation, even those low-wage jobs Eva once…

Topics: Economy

Selling Food Stamps for Kids' Shoes

Selling Food Stamps for Kids’ Shoes

by on February 16 2010, 12:00PM

Unable to find jobs, kicked off welfare, women in Connecticut are forced to sell food assistance to buy basic necessities.

Topics: Economy, Food Stamps

Montel Williams is the New Face of Predatory Lending

by Jorge Rivas on February 11 2010, 1:27PM

Since his partnership with that crazy psychic Sylvia Browne didn’t work out, Montell Williams now has a new venture with “payday loans” provider Money Mutual. According to Money Mutual: “When it comes to financial assistance Montel Williams understands that people…

Topics: Economy

Moving On Up and Hitting a Wall: Social Mobility in the U.S. and Europe

by Michelle Chen on February 10 2010, 8:28PM

America: land of opportunity… if you’re lucky enough to be born into one. The crumbling of the American Dream is in plain view across the country, especially in the urban centers and desolate ghost towns that have long been…

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Schools & Youth

Blacks and Latinos in Florida Hit Hard by Recession, Where’s The Recovery?

by Guest Columnist on February 10 2010, 9:09AM

By Joseph Phelan Like every picture is worth a thousand words, every truth has a cost and the numbers never lie. In this economic crisis unemployment is hitting Black and Latino communities hard. But it isn’t just the numbers that…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Unions Waning, but Holding Edge on the Color Line

by Michelle Chen on February 4 2010, 12:53AM

The portion of the U.S. workforce that belongs to a union has fallen to historical lows. The latest data from the feds show that unionization dwindled to 12.3 percent in 2009 (about 15.3 million), basically the same as the…

Topics: Economy

State of the Union Places Entitlement Above Equity

by Michelle Chen on January 27 2010, 7:59PM

Wrapped up in tonight’s stream of glossy oratory was a familiar sense of entitlement. The State of the Union address emphasized rebuilding the middle class, supporting small businesses, boosting financial markets—in other words, soothing the anxieties of people who…

Topics: Economy, News Items, Politics

One in Four Black, Latino Workers Shut Out of Withered Job Market

by Michelle Chen on January 8 2010, 11:51PM

The new labor statistics released today show more of the same: official unemployment was about level. Some economists insist that we’re still on track for a steady recovery; left-leaning analysts like the Economic Policy Institute say the hole is much…

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

The Great Recession: What’s Race Got to Do with It?

by Guest Columnist on December 16 2009, 1:29PM

By Tram Nguyen Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to appear with Chris Rabb on the ARC/LinkTV collaboration for an upcoming show called ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery. The dialogue we began there—as Chris and I tried to unpack the…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Global Affairs, News Items, Race and Recession

Obama Plans to “Shame” Banks, But Offers No Help for People Drowning In Their Mortgages

by Dom Apollon on December 9 2009, 3:36PM

Unsatisfied with all the foot dragging this country’s major mortgage lenders have been doing with its beleaguered home loan modification program, the Obama administration last week announced that it plans to begin “shaming” lenders who aren’t being responsive enough to…

Topics: Economy

Congressional Black Caucus Protests Obama’s Recovery Plan

by Leticia Miranda on December 3 2009, 2:47PM

It seems Obama’s relief and recovery plan isn’t fooling everyone in Washington. Yesterday, ten Congressional Black Caucus members, led by California Representative Maxine Waters, withheld their votes on a financial reform bill that would add new consumer protections, create…

Topics: Economy

The Food Stamp Belt: Race, Politics And Poverty in The South

by Guest Columnist on December 1 2009, 12:25PM

By Chris Kromm This post originally appeared on Facing South. The New York Times ran an eye-opening story this weekend about the 36 million people in this country who depend on food stamps: With food stamp use at record…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Black Unemployment Crisis: “Social Catastrophe” in the Making

by Michelle Chen on November 25 2009, 11:47PM

The latest employment figures sadly unsurprising: with about 35 percent of black men aged 16 to 24 unemployed, the epidemic of joblessness in Black America encapsulates a nationwide crisis. Although high unemployment and deep racial disparities are nothing new,…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

NPA Steps Up Demands on Treasury Secretary Geithner Today for More Action on Foreclosure Crisis

by Terry Keleher on November 16 2009, 1:47PM

Today, National People’s Action, a network of grassroots community groups from around the country, is organizing a gathering outside the Department of Treasury to demands that Secretary Geithner take more action to provide relief to households and communities hardest hit…

Topics: Economy

Food Stamp Distribution Rushing to Keep Pace with Rising Poverty Levels

by Guest Columnist on November 10 2009, 3:21PM

By Juell Stewart As America faces the fastest-growing poverty levels since the Great Depression, Democracy Now! reports that the number of families receiving food stamp assistance are on the rise: [N]early half of all US children and 90 percent of…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Report Shows Asian Business Owners Really Do Face Discrimination

by Leticia Miranda on November 6 2009, 2:11PM

Oh yes, it’s true. A group of fancy researchers have now said it: Asians face race discrimination in government business contracts. A UCLA study found that Asians get the fewest local, state and federal contracts through government minority business…

Topics: Economy

Stimulus Provides a Boost but Falls Short on Equity

by Michelle Chen on October 31 2009, 6:38AM

It’s easy to see that communities of color and women are facing unique and disproportionate impacts from the recession. It’s much harder to figure out what the government is doing about it. The site has presented masses of data…

Topics: Economy

Legal Dissonance: Immigration Policies Clash with Worker Protections

by Michelle Chen on October 27 2009, 6:55PM

It’s hard to make sense of the news headlines about immigrant workers these days.A police sweep in Maricopa County, Arizona, home of the famously anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio, snatched up 66 people in the latest “crime-suppression sweep.” After figuring…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Immigration

Facing the Kool-Aid Recovery with Columbia U. Prof. Dorian Warren [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on October 15 2009, 11:21AM

The AP reports that “more than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over.” But they don’t face up to the much higher unemployment and poverty in communities of color across the US. “The last full employment program…

Topics: Economy, Video & Multimedia