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Congressman's Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

Congressman’s Cocaine Bust Illuminates Race and Gender Sentencing Disparities

by Brentin Mock on November 20 2013, 12:00PM

Rep. Radel gets slapped on writs for coke possession. Black and Latino men and women don’t get off so easy.

Topics: Voting Rights, Criminal Justice, Drug War, Economy, /NOW, Politics

National Labor Relations Board: Walmart 'Unlawfully Threatened' Workers

National Labor Relations Board: Walmart ‘Unlawfully Threatened’ Workers

by Julianne Hing on November 19 2013, 3:48PM

The federal agency will pursue charges against the retail giant.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

How Obamacare Is Failing Poor Folks

How Obamacare Is Failing Poor Folks

by Imara Jones on November 19 2013, 7:00AM

While media focus on what the White House is losing, we have to remember that gaffes in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act make it that much harder for poor people of color to get adequate healthcare.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy, Health

Walmart and Forever21 Truckers Strike in Los Angeles

Walmart and Forever21 Truckers Strike in Los Angeles

by Julianne Hing on November 18 2013, 1:01PM

Port of Los Angeles-based truck drivers who deliver goods to Walmart, Forever21 and Costco are going on strike today.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Walmart

Walmart Worker Arrested in Protest Explains Why She Took the Risk

Walmart Worker Arrested in Protest Explains Why She Took the Risk

by Julianne Hing on November 15 2013, 12:00PM

Evelin Cruz is one of 54 Los Angeles-area workers who blocked an intersection and got arrested protesting Walmart’s poor wages and labor practices. Here’s why she took a chance with her livelihood.

Topics: Economy, Walmart

Over 106,000 People Enrolled in Obamacare in First Month

Over 106,000 People Enrolled in Obamacare in First Month

by Brentin Mock on November 13 2013, 3:45PM

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announces how many people have enrolled in the troubled program.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics

54 Arrested in Los Angeles During Walmart Protest

54 Arrested in Los Angeles During Walmart Protest

by Julianne Hing on November 8 2013, 1:33PM

Organizers are calling it the largest act of civil disobedience in Walmart history.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Walmart

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook's Housing Projects

A Tech Innovation in Red Hook’s Housing Projects

by Jamilah King on November 8 2013, 7:00AM

Thanks in part to a community wireless network, low-income residents in Brooklyn are creating new forms of networking in the digital age.

Topics: Economy, Media

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

The Illegal Background-Check Boom

by Kai Wright on November 7 2013, 10:51AM

Employers are increasingly skirting the law with hiring bans on people with criminal records—a trend that has been devastating for black and Latino workers.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Republicans Block Black Congressman and Civil Rights Lawyer From Key Obama Appointments

Republicans Block Black Congressman and Civil Rights Lawyer From Key Obama Appointments

by Brentin Mock on October 31 2013, 3:37PM

Senate Republicans have blocked two key nominees by President Obama.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

Why Superstorm Sandy is Still Wreaking Havoc on Poor Communities

Why Superstorm Sandy is Still Wreaking Havoc on Poor Communities

by Imara Jones on October 29 2013, 7:00AM

One year later Sandy’s disproportionate impact on historically marginalized communities continues in shocking ways.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy

Study: Planning Pregnancies Saves Public Money

Study: Planning Pregnancies Saves Public Money

by Akiba Solomon on October 22 2013, 1:07PM

New research shows that intended pregnancies are less likely to be covered by public insurance programs

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality

How Tech Stays White

How Tech Stays White

by Von Diaz, Jamilah King on October 22 2013, 7:00AM

From “pattern matching” to geek aversion, racial inequity is still coded into the new economy.

Topics: Economy, Media

Budget Crisis Averted but at a Steep Cost

Budget Crisis Averted but at a Steep Cost

by Imara Jones on October 17 2013, 7:53AM

The shutdown is over and the debt ceiling is raised temporarily. A look at the high cost of the political drama and what race had to do with it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Highest Minimum Wage Set by Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Highest Minimum Wage Set by Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

by Aura Bogado on October 16 2013, 12:42PM

The Jackson Rancheria is raising its minimum wage to $10.60 an hour, along with excellent benefits.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

by Brentin Mock on October 11 2013, 1:39PM

HUD is working without 96 percent of its staff, the deepest cuts of any Cabinet department.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Obama Picks Yellen to Chair the Fed

Obama Picks Yellen to Chair the Fed

by Imara Jones on October 9 2013, 11:07AM

Yellen is a favorite among many economic progressives.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Simplifying the Wealth Gap

Simplifying the Wealth Gap

by Chris Williams on October 7 2013, 7:00AM

A new documentary, “Inequality for All,” breaks down the structural reasons for the gap between the top 1 percent and the 99 percent. Here, filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth talks about his most surprising findings

Topics: Economy

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2013, 1:56PM

Of the 16,304 people who would normally be working right now at Labor, only 2,954 are currently in effect

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2013, 12:03PM

EPA has lost over 90 percent of its faculty.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown