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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.

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

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

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

Bloomberg's Back-to-Work Imperative After Sandy Is the Broader Disaster

Bloomberg’s Back-to-Work Imperative After Sandy Is the Broader Disaster

by Imara Jones on November 2 2012, 9:39AM

You don’t show resilience by insisting on business as usual. You show it by stopping to support everyone in need, so we can all recover. But the billionaire mayor still doesn’t get it.

Topics: Economic Justice

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

Morgan Stanley Hit With Lawsuit for Subprime Discrimination

Morgan Stanley Hit With Lawsuit for Subprime Discrimination

by Imara Jones on October 15 2012, 1:41PM

Finally.

Topics: /NOW

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns--and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

Paul Ryan Sticks to His Guns—and Points Them at the Social Safety Net

by Imara Jones on October 12 2012, 9:41AM

After the vice presidential debate, the divide between the candidates on jobs, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security could not be more stark.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Paul Ryan, Politics

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From September's Jobs Report

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From September’s Jobs Report

by Imara Jones on October 5 2012, 11:28AM

The overall picture’s looking better, but why hasn’t joblessness become a real election issue?

Topics: /NOW

Politics Aside, There's No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney's Tax Policy

Politics Aside, There’s No Debating the Scary Facts of Romney’s Tax Policy

by Imara Jones on October 4 2012, 9:48AM

Pundits are applauding Romney’s performance in a deeply technical debate. But he revealed a troubling misunderstanding—or misrepresentation—of tax and health policies that keep the country afloat.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

On Sapelo Island, Another Case Study in How Black Exploitation Fuels Wealth

by Imara Jones on October 1 2012, 9:37AM

From Georgia to Brooklyn to sub-Sahran Africa, inequity and exploitive land deals are making a handful of people rich—again. But on Sapelo Island, we can stop it.

Topics: Economic Justice, History, Sapelo Island

Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race

by Imara Jones on September 18 2012, 2:06PM

Mitt Romney didn’t use the word “black” in his ‘47 Percent’ remarks. He didn’t have to. The nature of his economic smear did it for him.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

One Year Later, Occupy Wall Street's Rallying Cry Still Resonates

One Year Later, Occupy Wall Street’s Rallying Cry Still Resonates

by Imara Jones on September 17 2012, 9:55AM

One-year on from its beginning, progressives owe Occupy Wall Street a debt of gratitude. But there’s plenty of work left to do.

Topics: #Occupy, Economic Justice

Romney's Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

Romney’s Budget Idea: Double Down on Inequity, Create a New Recession

by Imara Jones on September 13 2012, 9:47AM

At their core, Romney’s priorities assert that the few should have more, and that the rest of us should pay for it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

Poverty Stuck at Highest Level in Almost Two Decades

Poverty Stuck at Highest Level in Almost Two Decades

by Imara Jones on September 12 2012, 1:42PM

According to Census Bureau data released this morning, after three years of climbing, the nation’s overall poverty rate has plateaued at 15.1 percent.

Topics: /NOW

August Jobs Report Shows Stubbornly High Black and Brown Unemployment

August Jobs Report Shows Stubbornly High Black and Brown Unemployment

by Imara Jones on September 7 2012, 12:14PM

The jobs report only adds to the curiosity of President Obama’s silence on Black and Latino unemployment.

Topics: /NOW

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

The Real Invisible Obama Shows Up on Race and the Economy

by Imara Jones on September 6 2012, 9:50AM

The president has a plan to end the Depression-level unemployment in black and brown communities, thereby reversing the overall jobs picture. He refuses to say that, and it matters.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Jobs Crisis

Romney's Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

Romney’s Campaign Wedge: Taxpayers vs. Welfare Queens

by Imara Jones on August 30 2012, 9:57AM

Romney doesn’t have enough white support to win. But he knows how to get it.

Topics: 2012 Election, Economy, Politics

We're One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

We’re One Natural Disaster Away From Another Recession

by Imara Jones on August 28 2012, 10:01AM

Our economy is still gravely fragile, and people of color will weather the worst of the storm.

Topics: /NOW