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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.

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

Still Marching for Jobs

Still Marching for Jobs

by Imara Jones on August 19 2013, 10:02AM

At the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, its economic justice platform remains unmet.

Topics: Economic Justice, March on Washington

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

The Economics of Stop and Frisk

by Imara Jones on August 18 2013, 3:12PM

The inequitable application of our laws and unjustifiable focus of the criminal justice system on people of color has always been big business.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Stop and Frisk

The Old Lessons of Detroit

The Old Lessons of Detroit

by Imara Jones on July 25 2013, 8:19AM

There’s not much new about this formerly vibrant black town’s collapse. The relevant charge now is helping its remaining residents.

Topics: Economic Justice

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

Our Economy Needs More Action, Fewer Words From Obama

by Imara Jones on July 24 2013, 5:01PM

Today’s speech is the first in a series that Obama will give on the economy over the next couple of months.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Paula Deen, an American Story

Paula Deen, an American Story

by Imara Jones on July 4 2013, 7:00AM

Deen embodies the selective amnesia that’s allowed the U.S. to paper over its racial, economic and political contradictions, right from the start.

Topics: Economic Justice, Media, Paula Deen