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The Racial Wealth Gap in the U.S., Or, Whites Own Almost Everything

The Racial Wealth Gap in the U.S., Or, Whites Own Almost Everything

by Carla Murphy on September 8 2014, 11:19AM

The median Hispanic family’s net worth is $14,000 and the median for black families is $11,000.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

7 Fast Food Worker Strikes--And Arrests--Hit Cities Near You

7 Fast Food Worker Strikes—And Arrests—Hit Cities Near You

by Carla Murphy on September 4 2014, 3:09PM

Workers are now practicing civil disobedience.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

New York Bank Accused of Not Lending to African-Americans

New York Bank Accused of Not Lending to African-Americans

by Carla Murphy on September 3 2014, 10:20AM

Systemic hurdles are still preventing many people of color from building wealth

Topics: Economy, /NOW

José Couldn't Get A Job--Not Until He Became Joe [VIDEO]

José Couldn’t Get A Job—Not Until He Became Joe [VIDEO]

by Carla Murphy on September 3 2014, 10:03AM

The name change made José Zamora appear to be a better candidate

Topics: Economy, /NOW

What's Different About Fast Food Worker Strikes This Thursday?

What’s Different About Fast Food Worker Strikes This Thursday?

by Carla Murphy on September 2 2014, 2:30PM

Workers plan civil disobedience and hope to add home care workers to their fight

Topics: Economy, /NOW

In Rare Move, McDonald's Franchisee Speaks Out

In Rare Move, McDonald’s Franchisee Speaks Out

by Carla Murphy on August 5 2014, 11:00AM

Claims McDonald’s rep said, ‘You guys can make more money if you pay your employees less.’

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Brokers Call East New York 'The New Frontier'

Brokers Call East New York ‘The New Frontier’

by Aura Bogado on July 31 2014, 2:27PM

Part rental, part Manifest Destiny?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Why Public Housing is Falling Apart in NYC

Why Public Housing is Falling Apart in NYC

by Carla Murphy on July 29 2014, 11:50AM

New report chronicles a decade of defunding at every level of government

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Fast Food Workers Show Strength in Numbers This Weekend

Fast Food Workers Show Strength in Numbers This Weekend

by Carla Murphy on July 28 2014, 10:03AM

The Illinois gathering would have been unheard of two years ago

Topics: Economy, /NOW

NAACP Backs Fast Food Workers' Fight for $15 Hourly Wage

NAACP Backs Fast Food Workers’ Fight for $15 Hourly Wage

by Julianne Hing on July 22 2014, 5:44PM

Fast-food workers are the largest group of minimum wage workers in the country.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

The Latest On Youth Unemployment and Jobs

The Latest On Youth Unemployment and Jobs

by Carla Murphy on July 21 2014, 10:22AM

One in four blacks and one in six Latinos under the age of 25 can’t find a job

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Citibank Pays Up, Finally

Citibank Pays Up, Finally

by Imara Jones on July 18 2014, 7:00AM

The huge penalty for duping investors on subprime loans won’t do much for the homeowners the bank bilked. But at least there’s a measure of justice.

Topics: Economic Justice, Economy

Study: Black Men No Better, Sometimes Worse Off Than in 1960s

Study: Black Men No Better, Sometimes Worse Off Than in 1960s

by Julianne Hing on July 16 2014, 12:40PM

Thanks to the prison boom.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, /NOW

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act's 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act’s 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

by Rinku Sen on July 2 2014, 7:00AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow-busting Civil Rights Act became law, occupational segregation runs rampant in the United States.

Topics: Economy, History, Labor

Why Today's SCOTUS Decision In Harris v. Quinn Matters

Why Today’s SCOTUS Decision In Harris v. Quinn Matters

by Carla Murphy on June 30 2014, 10:36AM

Public sector jobs have been crucial for the upward mobility of African-Americans and women

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Walmart vs. NYT Columnist Timothy Egan

Walmart vs. NYT Columnist Timothy Egan

by Carla Murphy on June 26 2014, 11:15AM

You decide the winner: Egan or Walmart?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

'I Can't Be Boxed In' [Video] Play

‘I Can’t Be Boxed In’ [Video]

by Kai Wright on June 26 2014, 7:00AM

Colorlines speaks with black men in Philadelphia who are weighing the balance between what they can achieve through hard work and ambition, and what obstacles they can’t hurdle on their own.

Topics: Economy, Life Cycles of Inequity

Why Young, Black Men Can't Work

Why Young, Black Men Can’t Work

by Kai Wright on June 25 2014, 7:00AM

It’s not just criminal records. The job market for recent high school graduates is shaped profoundly by race and gender.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy, Life Cycles of Inequity

A Day in the Shop [Photos] Photo

A Day in the Shop [Photos]

by Aura Bogado on June 25 2014, 7:00AM

Aura Bogado chronicles the work of young men training to become automotive technicians—the kinds of jobs that can lift their families out of poverty.

Topics: Economy, Life Cycles of Inequity

Gap Stores Raise Minimum Wage

Gap Stores Raise Minimum Wage

by Carla Murphy on June 24 2014, 11:53AM

Gap employees will also get a second raise next year

Topics: Economy, /NOW