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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

Post-Election, State GOP Leaders Still Push Drug Testing the Poor

Post-Election, State GOP Leaders Still Push Drug Testing the Poor

by on December 12 2012, 10:12AM

The wave of laws that have swept the country since 2010 has clearly not crested, despite court challenges and evidence that drug testing dramatically increases costs.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Michigan Police Don Riot Gear and Pepper Spray As Workers Protest Anti-Union Laws

Michigan Police Don Riot Gear and Pepper Spray As Workers Protest Anti-Union Laws

by on December 11 2012, 5:27PM

Pro-union protesters in Lansing today were met by Michigan State Police in riot gear and wielding pepper spray.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean 'Right To Work For Less Money' [Video]

Obama: Right-To-Work Laws Mean ‘Right To Work For Less Money’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on December 11 2012, 12:14PM

President Barack Obama visited the Detroit Diesel Corp. plant Monday to build support for his plan to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the 'Reverse Subsidy' Is the Real Crisis

Never Mind the Fiscal Cliff, the ‘Reverse Subsidy’ Is the Real Crisis

by Imara Jones on December 11 2012, 10:19AM

Imara Jones argues that the core problem with how government taxes and spends is that the poor are actually the ones subsidizing the rich.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

How Far Could You Stretch A Food Stamp Budget? [Reader Forum]

How Far Could You Stretch A Food Stamp Budget? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on December 10 2012, 9:48AM

Colorlines readers advise Mayor Cory Booker how to eat on a food stamp budget.

Topics: Economy

Michigan Poised to Become 24th ‘Right-to-Work’ State

by on December 7 2012, 12:35PM

It’s payback time for Michigan’s Republicans.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

A Fast Food Nation Fights for Living Wages--Against Long Odds

A Fast Food Nation Fights for Living Wages—Against Long Odds

by on December 7 2012, 10:16AM

Saavedra Jantuah joined last week’s strike of New York City fast food workers, the latest in a string of efforts to organize the new service economy’s low-wage workers. She knows she now has a long road ahead.

Topics: Economy