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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

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 5:33PM

The DC region alone is expected to lose $200 million a day

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Shutdown

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:40PM

If you tried to shop online today during the rollout of Obamacare’s website, you may have had problems. Here’s why.

Topics: Economy, Health, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics, Shutdown

San Francisco Chinese Couple Wins Eviction Reprieve

San Francisco Chinese Couple Wins Eviction Reprieve

by Julianne Hing on September 26 2013, 4:27PM

Can an elderly Chinese couple and a galvanized community take on San Francisco’s tech-driven gentrification?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Federally Contracted Workers Bring Labor Fight to Obama's Front Door

Federally Contracted Workers Bring Labor Fight to Obama’s Front Door

by Julianne Hing on September 25 2013, 9:23AM

Low-wage workers are making sure the federal government doesn’t overlook the labor practices of its own contractors.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

by Von Diaz on September 25 2013, 7:00AM

If they become law, the House’s $40 billion in food stamp cuts could have grave consequences for some of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in 'Deep South'

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in ‘Deep South’

by Brentin Mock on September 24 2013, 11:43AM

AIG corporate executives who almost tanked the U.S. economy and then were rewarded bonuses compared to the likes of Emmett Till.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

by Akiba Solomon on September 10 2013, 10:39AM

Four activists who’ve risked their livelihoods, arrest or personal safety to achieve justice talk about what fuels them.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Politics