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Obama vs. History

Obama vs. History

by Imara Jones on August 29 2013, 8:52AM

To understand why the president has failed to address economic inequity, listen to his strange, ahistorical diagnosis of the problem.

Topics: Economy, March on Washington

America's Workers Aren't Paid Enough for Their Productivity

America’s Workers Aren’t Paid Enough for Their Productivity

by Imara Jones on August 22 2013, 2:21PM

Set against the backdrop of the 1963 march’s call for basic economic fairness, a new report highlights just how much work remains.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Still Marching for Jobs

Still Marching for Jobs

by Imara Jones on August 19 2013, 10:02AM

At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, its economic justice platform remains unmet.

Topics: Economy, March on Washington

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

by Imara Jones on August 18 2013, 3:12PM

The inequitable application of our laws and unjustifiable focus of the criminal justice system on people of color has always been big business.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Stop and Frisk

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

A Fast Food Worker Strike Is Likely Coming to a City Near You

by Jamilah King on July 30 2013, 9:00AM

Check out Monday’s scene in New York City.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama's New (Good) Cabinet Picks

Obama’s New (Good) Cabinet Picks

by Brentin Mock on July 29 2013, 7:00AM

While we were focused on the Zimmerman trial, the Senate snuck confirmations in for Obama’s administration — and they’re good.

Topics: Economy, Environment, Immigration

The Old Lessons of Detroit

The Old Lessons of Detroit

by Imara Jones on July 25 2013, 8:19AM

There’s not much new about this formerly vibrant black town’s collapse. The relevant charge now is helping its remaining residents.

Topics: Economy

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

by Imara Jones on July 24 2013, 5:01PM

Today’s speech is the first in a series that Obama will give on the economy over the next couple of months.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Paula Deen, an American Story

Paula Deen, an American Story

by Imara Jones on July 4 2013, 7:00AM

Deen embodies the selective amnesia that’s allowed the U.S. to paper over its racial, economic and political contradictions, right from the start.

Topics: Economy, Media, Paula Deen

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers' Pay

How Fast Food Companies Steal Workers’ Pay

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 19 2013, 7:00AM

Corporations like Burger King and Domino’s pay close attention to every detail of their franchisees business—except how they keep labor costs down.

Topics: Economy, How We Eat, Jobs Crisis

Preying on Black Ambition

Preying on Black Ambition

by Kai Wright on June 12 2013, 9:02AM

From subprime mortgages to subprime credit cards and now subprime degrees, a small number of people continue to get rich off of black Americans’ aspirations.

Topics: Economy, Schools & Youth

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

by Imara Jones on June 6 2013, 8:54AM

Two months into sequestration, it’s proving a disaster. And the study that justified it still doesn’t add up.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

It's Not a Housing Boom. It's a Land Grab

It’s Not a Housing Boom. It’s a Land Grab

by Imara Jones on May 30 2013, 7:00AM

This time, the runaway housing market is being fueled by Wall Street’s gobbling up properties. But the results will be just as bad for regular people as it was four years ago.

Topics: Economy

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

Obamas to Black Grads: Good Job. Now Stop Being Such a Failure

by Kai Wright on May 21 2013, 8:48AM

Once again, the president uses his pulpit to browbeat black people for the failings he sees.

Topics: Economy, Kai Wright, Schools & Youth

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold Banks Accountable

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 20 2013, 3:46PM

Protests outside the Justice Department are demanding prosecutions of banks responsible for the foreclosure crisis.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Attorney General Investigates Fast Food Wage Theft

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 16 2013, 4:42PM

New York State’s attorney general is investigating claims of widespread wage violations by NYC’s fast food restaurants.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

Milwaukee Becomes Fifth City Where Fast Food Workers Strike

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 15 2013, 11:30AM

Hundreds fast food and retail workers are on strike in Milwaukee. The city was once a hub for black manufacturing jobs and now faces staggering racial disparities in employment.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Times Recycles Same 'Racist Undertones' It Covers

New York Times Recycles Same ‘Racist Undertones’ It Covers

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 3:15PM

The paper of record’s A1 story could have been about how public policy pushes workers of color to the margins. Instead, it’s about an imagined battle between blacks and Latinos.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform, /NOW

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration's Economic Drain

Another Flat-Earth Argument About Immigration’s Economic Drain

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2013, 9:00AM

The conservative think tank released a report yesterday to convince lawmakers that immigration reform costs too much. Its claims are mostly false, but they’ve worked before.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Immigration Reform

Major Companies Rely On Underground Labor Brokers That Charge Workers High Fees

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 1 2013, 5:16PM

Some of the country’s biggest temp agencies and high profile companies regularly delegate hiring and employment services to a network of underground labor brokers that charge workers obligatory fees for rides to their jobs and to cash checks. The fees…

Topics: Economy, /NOW