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New York Fast Food Workers Head Back to Work With Community Escorts

New York Fast Food Workers Head Back to Work With Community Escorts

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 10:28AM

Community members are thanking workers who walked off their jobs yesterday by accompanying them back to work.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

On Race and Taxes, Both Parties Insist Upon Speaking No Evil

by Imara Jones on November 30 2012, 9:33AM

The debate over taxes is and has always been a proxy for one about racial inequity. And we’ve never been able to admit it.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

Here's Why Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are Striking Today

Here’s Why Hundreds of NYC Fast Food Workers Are Striking Today

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2012, 11:35AM

Workers at dozens of fast-food restaurants in New York City walked off the job Thursday morning.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Report: Immigration Status and Race Affect Domestic Workers' Pay

Report: Immigration Status and Race Affect Domestic Workers’ Pay

by Julianne Hing on November 27 2012, 1:01PM

Welcome to the world of domestic work.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, /NOW

Cory Booker Plans to Live Off Food Stamps for One Week

Cory Booker Plans to Live Off Food Stamps for One Week

by Jorge Rivas on November 21 2012, 12:39PM

Booker’s decision came by way of a challenge after Twitter user “Twitwit” told him that “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Walmart is Nation's #1 Employer of Latinos, and Also Big Funders of Anti-Immigrant Efforts

Walmart is Nation’s #1 Employer of Latinos, and Also Big Funders of Anti-Immigrant Efforts

by Jorge Rivas on November 20 2012, 6:25PM

They found the vast majority of recipients of funding voted against the DREAM Act, supported E-verify, immigrant detention, and militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Why You Shouldn't Line Up For Walmart's Black Friday Deals Play

Why You Shouldn’t Line Up For Walmart’s Black Friday Deals

by Julianne Hing on November 20 2012, 2:18PM

The kickoff to the national holiday shopping frenzy has now officially merged with Thanksgiving day itself, with Walmart leading the Thanksgiving evening creep by opening its doors at 10pm on Thursday this week.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Texas Governor Wants Welfare, Unemployment Applicants To Pee In A Cup

Texas Governor Wants Welfare, Unemployment Applicants To Pee In A Cup

by on November 16 2012, 8:37AM

Texas is poised to join the drug-testing bandwagon.

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Politics

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

What Hurricane Sandy Should Teach Us About Climate Justice

by Imara Jones on November 15 2012, 9:24AM

Those who can least bear the brunt of climate change are those feeling its consequences most acutely, both in the U.S. and abroad. But both the “climate gap” and climate change are fixable.

Topics: Economy, Environment

Obama Wins Re-Election--and Faces a Hard, Scary Fiscal Fight

Obama Wins Re-Election—and Faces a Hard, Scary Fiscal Fight

by Imara Jones on November 7 2012, 10:01AM

Without action, a new doomsday for the American economy—and those stuck at its margins—is only seven weeks away.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Fiscal Cliff, Second Term

The National Disaster Seen in New York's Income Inequality

The National Disaster Seen in New York’s Income Inequality

by Imara Jones on November 5 2012, 9:28AM

Where we go from here needs to be a major focus of whomever wins tomorrow’s elections.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can't Pay for Food

Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food

by Jorge Rivas on November 1 2012, 4:33PM

New Yorkers with electronic benefit cards (EBT) go hungry because they can’t swipe their cards at shops with no electricity.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

An Empire State of Mind Has Shaped This Election--and Our Lives

An Empire State of Mind Has Shaped This Election—and Our Lives

by Imara Jones on November 1 2012, 9:57AM

The president is in the fight of his political life because he never broke the culture and economy of entitlement on Wall Street. Whomever wins Tuesday, writes Imara Jones, that’s the change we need most desperately.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics, Second Term

Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops

Forever 21 Withholds Labor Records After Feds Ask About Sweatshops

by Jorge Rivas on October 26 2012, 2:24PM

The Department of Labor is going after Forever21 because the company refuses to open up its labor records.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Winner of Trayvon Martin Look-Alike Contest to Receive Prize

Winner of Trayvon Martin Look-Alike Contest to Receive Prize

by Jorge Rivas on October 25 2012, 1:47PM

A Topeka teenager is scheduled to receive an award on Friday for winning a Trayvon Martin Look-Alike contest.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

U.S. Sues Bank Of America for Over $1 Billion in Mortgage Fraud Case

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2012, 2:38PM

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are suing Bank of America for more than $1 billion for mortgage fraud against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Food Stamp Bashing, Race, and the Bi-Partisan Attack on the Safety-Net

Food Stamp Bashing, Race, and the Bi-Partisan Attack on the Safety-Net

by on October 19 2012, 10:00AM

The GOP is winning the rhetorical war on poverty because Obama’s afraid to talk about race. And the results could be disastrous for millions of families.

Topics: Economy, Food Stamps, Politics

Man Wins Lottery After Dropping Out of College to Help Single Mom

Man Wins Lottery After Dropping Out of College to Help Single Mom

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2012, 9:00AM

Sandeep Singh dropped out of school to work two jobs so he could help his single mom pay their mortgage. Now the 22-year-old is a millionaire.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

The Difference Between Equity and Binders Full of Anybody

by Rinku Sen on October 18 2012, 9:35AM

This week’s presidential debate highlighted the fact that there’s a distinctive difference between getting invited to the party and actually having fun.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Gender & Sexuality, Movement

Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

Latino Worker Cooked to Death in Bumble Bee Tuna Cooker

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2012, 1:05PM

Jose Malena died last Thursday when he became trapped inside the industrial-size pressure cooker and his family claims the company has offered no explanation to them.

Topics: Economy, /NOW