Rinku Sen and Billy Parish: Young, Green, and Broke

by Rinku Sen on October 6 2009, 8:08AM

This piece was coauthored with Billy Parish of the Energy Action Coalition; it originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Last week, the Labor Department reported that youth unemployment stands at 18.2%, nearly twice the national average of 9.8%. The percentage…

Topics: Economy, Environment

Florida: No Job Creation, No Stimulation

by Debayani Kar on October 2 2009, 8:09AM

Today, Vice President Joe Biden announced specific benchmarks that the federal government will use to determine whether the Recovery Act has been a success. But none of his benchmarks include numbers of jobs created. October will see the roll out…

Topics: Economy, Environment

Ben Jealous: Personal Responsibility Alone Won’t Fix Structural Inequalities

by Guest Columnist on September 23 2009, 10:12AM

by Ben Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. Originally published at Over the weekend I had the opportunity to share the stage with America’s legendary television dad, Bill Cosby. In a town hall forum titled “About Our Children,”…

Topics: Economy

Immigrant Workers at Home: Hired Hands Hold Family Bonds

by Michelle Chen on September 4 2009, 9:24PM

In American households, the divide between the home and the workplace is always evolving, and immigrants are shaping that evolution more than we know. Immigrant women workers today form a pillar of the middle-class family. As nannies, housekeepers and…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Refining the Poverty Line

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2009, 7:51PM

One reason the government has spent nearly half a century fighting, and losing, the war on poverty, is that it doesn’t know where to draw the battle line. The Center for American Progress recently analyzed the inadequacy of the…

Topics: Economy

Philadelphia Takes Out Loan; Liberty Bell Repossession Imminent

by Donna Hernandez on September 1 2009, 2:53PM

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city is taking out a short-term loan of $250 million from JP Morgan Chase. The loan has a 3% interest rate until December 1st and will go up to 8% thereafter. Nutter…

Topics: Economy

Broken bootstraps: Black and Latino Youth in Transition

by Michelle Chen on August 28 2009, 9:56PM

They started with nothing, worked tirelessly, saved every penny, pushed their kids hard in school and sent them straight into middle-class suburban bliss. American Dream realized. The end. New research from the Urban Institute paints a more complex picture…

Topics: Economy

Glenn Beck’s Attack On Van Jones: Fantasies & Falsehoods

by Guest Columnist on August 28 2009, 4:52PM

[Editor’s note: I’ve included Glenn Beck’s piece on Van Jones above, in case you’d like to hear a narrator say ‘green jobs’ in a scary voice. I kid, but seriously: while we might see these as the obvious falsehoods…

Topics: Economy, Media

30% Unemployment, Pre-Recession: Immigrant Communities Need Real Recovery [VIDEO]

by on August 26 2009, 1:29PM

Crossposted at Huffington Post. Last week, the world’s central bankers got together for a little strategy session in Colorado, and declared that the recovery is on its way. This is the way it works with recessions. They ravage the world,…

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Transit Stagnates Along with the Economy

by Michelle Chen on August 18 2009, 10:06PM

As the recession leaves millions of households barely getting by, crumbling local transit systems have made it a challenge just to get out the door. Though the demand for public transit has soared amid the economic crisis, according to…

Topics: Economy, Environment

Banking on Poor Neighborhoods

by Michelle Chen on August 17 2009, 10:18PM

Given the banking industry’s growing reputation for bilking, cheating, and otherwise betraying naive borrowers, it’s not surprising that a new bank account can be a tough sell in poor urban communities of color. So how should banks get the…

Topics: Economy

Schwarzenegger’s Blockbuster Budget Cuts Terminate the Safety Net [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 13 2009, 9:37AM

When financial crisis hit, the California legislature didn’t raise taxes, end tax giveaways, or cut corporate welfare. Instead, they cut services to the people made most vulnerable by the recession — children, the elderly, the sick, victims of domestic…

Topics: Economy, Politics, Schools & Youth, Video & Multimedia

More on Unemployment: Discouraging News

by Michelle Chen on August 7 2009, 7:50PM

As Jonathan Yee notes in his analysis of the latest employment figures, the kind-of-less bad jobless numbers are shadowed by record rates of long-term unemployment. Those who have been out of work for 27 weeks or more has reached…

Topics: Economy

A Chance to Rework Welfare-to-work

by Michelle Chen on July 31 2009, 11:05PM

A few months ago, we looked at the recession as a potential wake-up call for the political forces that brought us welfare reform during the Clinton Era. Now that epidemic levels of joblessness and homelessness are creeping into the…

Topics: Economy, Politics

NY Raises Minimum Wage $0.10, We Do the Math

by Guest Columnist on July 31 2009, 9:59AM

photo credit: Majeed Babar, c/o New York Community Media Alliance By Miriam Leshin On Monday, ethnic and community news media representatives gathered for a press conference on the recent 10-cent increase in the New York state minimum wage and…

Topics: Economy

Gov. Schwarzenegger Cut 100% of Domestic Violence Funding and What Californians Can Do About It

by Jorge Rivas on July 31 2009, 8:37AM

Earlier this week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed a budget plan sent to him by legislators to close the state’s deficit, but only after he used his line-item veto power to slash an additional $500 million in cuts. According…

Topics: Economy, Health

A Deeper Dive

by Adrienne Maree Brown on July 14 2009, 7:37AM

We’ve all heard about the incident at the Philly pool. Color of Change put out a great incident report in case you missed it. The incident is a classic whites-only racism incident, and it’s reminded me that as responsible racial…

Topics: Economy

The moral equation of budget cuts

by Michelle Chen on July 10 2009, 8:18PM

Here we go again. California may soon seek to balance the budget on the backs of immigrant families. The LA Times reports that Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed imposing a five-year limit on state welfare support for citizen children of…

Topics: Economy, Immigration

Reorienting the stimulus

by Michelle Chen on July 10 2009, 3:01PM

The pushback against another stimulus package is in full force, with conservatives arguing that the “failure” of the first stimulus proves that another fiscal boost would be a mistake. Let us turn to the annals of wonkdom to establish…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

No Water, No Jobs

by Leticia Miranda on July 8 2009, 1:05PM

Although I’m a little reluctant to admit it sometimes, I’m from Fresno, CA. But when my girlfriend and I got lost driving back to our Oakland homes from Los Angeles this last weekend, my loyalty to the Central Valley…

Topics: Economy