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Obama's Budgetary Dance With the Devil

Obama’s Budgetary Dance With the Devil

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 1:51PM

The president’s budget negotiations go from bad to worse.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

Another Gloomy Jobs Report, as D.C. Budget Battle Bumbles Along

by Imara Jones on April 5 2013, 12:00PM

Another example of the massive gap between reality and the discussion in the Beltway.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York City's Fast Food Workers Walk Out

New York City’s Fast Food Workers Walk Out

by on April 4 2013, 2:47PM

On the 45th anniversary of MLK’s assassination, New York City fast food workers tell Colorlines.com why they’re went on strike to demand higher wage and better working conditions.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Tennessee Gets Closer to Passing Bill That Ties Welfare to School Grades

Tennessee Gets Closer to Passing Bill That Ties Welfare to School Grades

by Jorge Rivas on April 2 2013, 12:13PM

The measure is taking “a carrot and stick approach,” one of the sponsors of the bill says.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama Needs 'Courage of His Convictions' on Economic Justice, Too

Obama Needs ‘Courage of His Convictions’ on Economic Justice, Too

by Imara Jones on March 28 2013, 6:00AM

The president officially acquiesced to the GOP’s economic hostage taking this week, again.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

AFL-CIO Praises Obama's Perez Pick

AFL-CIO Praises Obama’s Perez Pick

by Jorge Rivas on March 18 2013, 2:10PM

President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, to be the next secretary of labor.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Last Month's Good Job Numbers Still Spell Trouble for Blacks and Latinos

Last Month’s Good Job Numbers Still Spell Trouble for Blacks and Latinos

by Imara Jones on March 8 2013, 10:08AM

Don’t break out the fireworks yet.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

by Imara Jones on March 1 2013, 8:46AM

A cruel chaos will unfold as billions of dollars in federal spending are chopped, starting today. But that chaos was always the real goal.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Sequestration Means 424,000 Less HIV Tests and 540,000 Fewer Vaccines for Diseases like Flu, Measles and Hepatitis

Sequestration Means 424,000 Less HIV Tests and 540,000 Fewer Vaccines for Diseases like Flu, Measles and Hepatitis

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2013, 4:04PM

“For communities of color and communities that have been hard hit by the recession, it’s a nuclear bomb that’s waiting to go off,” Imara Jones told Democracy Now.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What's 'Sequestration' Mean in Real Life?

What’s ‘Sequestration’ Mean in Real Life?

by Imara Jones on February 20 2013, 9:50AM

An explanation of the trillion-dollar budget cuts that are set to begin in a matter of days.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

The Simple Truth: You Can't Have Growth and Austerity at Once

The Simple Truth: You Can’t Have Growth and Austerity at Once

by Imara Jones on February 13 2013, 10:17AM

We’re two weeks away from yet another crop of austerity measures that make the sorts of ideas laid out in President Obama’s State of the Union simply impossible.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown, State of the Union

Latino Farmers Breaking Barriers in Midwest

Latino Farmers Breaking Barriers in Midwest

by Jorge Rivas on February 5 2013, 1:22PM

PRI’s “The World” reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch reports on a new U.S. government project is supporting immigrant farmers.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Untold Story of Restaurant Work in the U.S. [Infographic]

The Untold Story of Restaurant Work in the U.S. [Infographic]

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 4:29PM

Did you know the minimum wage for tipped workers has been frozen at $2.13 for the last 21 years?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Here's What the Super Bowl Farmer Ad Left Out

Here’s What the Super Bowl Farmer Ad Left Out

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2013, 11:16AM

There is growing ethnic and racial diversity among farm operators nationwide, and the percentage of women operators is up.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Jobs Report Still Bleak for Black Workers Under 30

Jobs Report Still Bleak for Black Workers Under 30

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2013, 12:59PM

The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won't Learn at 'Django'

10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

by Imara Jones on January 9 2013, 10:02AM

Slavery as revenge fantasy is a far cry from the ugly truth: Slavery as the economic engine that created the inequitable world in which we still live.

Topics: 'Django', Economy, History, Reparations

Low Wage Group Facing Eviction As University of Maryland Expands

Low Wage Group Facing Eviction As University of Maryland Expands

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2013, 12:34PM

The group United Workers says their landlord has given them a 30-day eviction notice to vacate the property.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Youth Unemployment 11.5 Percent, 22.1 percent for Young Blacks

Youth Unemployment 11.5 Percent, 22.1 percent for Young Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2013, 10:42AM

This is the 49th consecutive month with national unemployment above 7%.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

We're Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

We’re Tumbling Over an Inequity Cliff

by Imara Jones on January 3 2013, 9:45AM

This week’s fiscal cliff deal codifies the absurd notion that the super rich and the working poor are the same. In so doing, it prevents us from really fixing our racial caste system.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

We Can't Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

We Can’t Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy

by Imara Jones on December 21 2012, 10:06AM

Current fiscal policy has hardened a racial caste system in the U.S. And if we won’t name it, we can’t fix it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown