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Imara Jones

Imara Jones
imara head shot.jpg Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for Colorlines.com. He served in the Clinton White House, where he worked on international trade policy, and was an executive at Viacom. Imara has a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia in political science. He's a proud resident of Brooklyn U.S.A.

Follow him on Twitter at @imarajones, and check out his media appearances here.

Talking Transition: A New Way to Move from One Mayor to the Next

Talking Transition: A New Way to Move from One Mayor to the Next

by Imara Jones on November 14 2013, 10:51AM

Talking Transition seeks to make sure that the voice of everyday people continues to be heard after the next mayor takes office.

Topics: /NOW, Politics

A Local Vote for Economic Justice Nationwide

A Local Vote for Economic Justice Nationwide

by Imara Jones on November 6 2013, 7:00AM

Why the election of Bill de Blasio as the next mayor of New York is good news for economic progressives nationwide.

Topics: Economic Justice, 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

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

What a U.S. Default Will Do to the Economy

What a U.S. Default Will Do to the Economy

by Imara Jones on October 16 2013, 10:53AM

Tomorrow, October 17 the United States is poised to default on its debt. We’ve reached this perilous moment because economic visions informed by race are preventing a resolution.

Topics: Economic Justice

Shutdown Update: In North Carolina, 50,000 Go Without WIC

Shutdown Update: In North Carolina, 50,000 Go Without WIC

by Imara Jones on October 9 2013, 2:30PM

Despite reports that WIC nationwide would be safe through October, North Carolina reels from shutdown

Topics: /NOW, 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

Shutdown Week Two: Defense Dept. Puts 350,000 Back to Work

Shutdown Week Two: Defense Dept. Puts 350,000 Back to Work

by Imara Jones on October 7 2013, 11:27AM

The DoD brought back almost all of its workers on the same day that the United States mounted military operations in Somalia and Libya.

Topics: /NOW, Shutdown

No One's On the Job for the Jobs Report

No One’s On the Job for the Jobs Report

by Imara Jones on October 3 2013, 4:00PM

The inability to communicate the health of our economy is the latest example of the real world impact of the government shutdown.

Topics: /NOW, 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

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 7:00AM

Well, for starters, people of color make up 35 percent of the federal workforce.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

What Obamacare Means For You

What Obamacare Means For You

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 7:00AM

Are you one of the millions of people eligible for financial help to get healthcare coverage?

Topics: /NOW, Obamacare

The Tea Party's Vision, Realized

The Tea Party’s Vision, Realized

by Imara Jones on September 24 2013, 8:57AM

As we stare over the brink of a catastrophic government shutdown, the nation has arrived right where the tea party wing of the GOP meant to lead us.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

What Obamacare's Onset Means for Racial Justice

What Obamacare’s Onset Means for Racial Justice

by Imara Jones on September 18 2013, 8:27AM

The law’s historic expansion of healthcare will begin on Oct. 1, but the working poor in half the nation will be left out.

Topics: Economic Justice, Health, Obamacare

The Billionaire Mayor's 1 Percent City

The Billionaire Mayor’s 1 Percent City

by Imara Jones on September 9 2013, 10:08AM

The economic policies of outgoing New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg are a study in how to create racial and economic inequity.

Topics: Economic Justice, Politics

High Unemployment Rates Aren't Budging

High Unemployment Rates Aren’t Budging

by Imara Jones on September 6 2013, 11:30AM

Against the backdrop of possible military action in Syria, the U.S. jobs picture remains bleak

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

by Imara Jones on September 4 2013, 8:50AM

The president’s call for a congressional vote on Syria couldn’t come at a worst time for economic justice.

Topics: Economic Justice, National Security, Shutdown

Low-Wage Workers in 50 Cities Stage Walk Out

Low-Wage Workers in 50 Cities Stage Walk Out

by Imara Jones on August 29 2013, 2:48PM

Fast-food and retail workers demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to form unions in pre-Labor Day protest

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Obama vs. History

Obama vs. History

by Imara Jones on August 29 2013, 8:52AM

To understand why the president has failed to address economic inequity, listen to his strange, ahistorical diagnosis of the problem.

Topics: Economic Justice, March on Washington

America's Workers Aren't Paid Enough for Their Productivity

America’s Workers Aren’t Paid Enough for Their Productivity

by Imara Jones on August 22 2013, 2:21PM

Set against the backdrop of the 1963 march’s call for basic economic fairness, a new report highlights just how much work remains.

Topics: Economy, /NOW