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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

Tim Cook Values 'Diversity With a Capital D,' But Execs Are White Males

Tim Cook Values ‘Diversity With a Capital D,’ But Execs Are White Males

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 11:37AM

It’s time Apple starts to think different and consider equity too.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Cory Booker Feeling 'Hunger Pains' Because He's Under-Eating

Cory Booker Feeling ‘Hunger Pains’ Because He’s Under-Eating

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2012, 9:25AM

Booker started the food stamps challenge on Tuesday and by Wednesday he was already having what he called “hunger pains.”

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What's Really at Stake as We Stare Down the Fiscal Cliff [Infographic] Infographic

What’s Really at Stake as We Stare Down the Fiscal Cliff [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee, Imara Jones on December 6 2012, 9:24AM

Fiscal policy can be confusing, all the more so when everyone’s spinning misinformation. So Hatty Lee and Imara Jones offer a visual explanation of this latest debate.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

Cory Booker's First Day on Food Stamps: Can't Afford Coffee and Long Periods Without Food

Cory Booker’s First Day on Food Stamps: Can’t Afford Coffee and Long Periods Without Food

by Jorge Rivas on December 5 2012, 11:11AM

For the next seven days, and at a time when Congress is considering $16 billion in cuts to the federal program, Booker will put himself in the same position as 850,000 other New Jerseyans who receive food stamps each month.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

How Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

How Bernie Sanders’ Tax Plan Can Close the Huge Racial Wealth Gap

by Imara Jones on December 5 2012, 10:02AM

Neither party’s proposal for avoiding the “fiscal cliff” will truly deal with the inequity our tax policy built over the past 30 years. It’s time to listen to the independent senator from Vermont.

Topics: Economy, Fiscal Cliff

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis  Visits Day Laborers Working in Sandy Relief [Video]

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Visits Day Laborers Working in Sandy Relief [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on November 30 2012, 11:03AM

She expressed her support for their sacrifice and contribution as they work to rebuild their communities.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

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