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Race Drives Jobless Numbers in Worst-Hit Cities

Race Drives Jobless Numbers in Worst-Hit Cities

by Michelle Chen on June 14 2010, 9:29AM

The unemployment rate varies wildly across different regions. But there’s one consistent pattern throughout: to find the people hurting the most, look to the neighborhoods where Black and brown people live. The Economic Policy Institute’s latest breakdown of unemployment looks…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Poll: Jobless Insurance Now, Deficit Reduction Later

Poll: Jobless Insurance Now, Deficit Reduction Later

by on June 8 2010, 10:36AM

The Senate is expected to begin debate today on extending unemployment insurance until November. The overwhelming majority of Americans support doing so, according to a new poll, but the Senate is poised to ignore that fact—not to mention the plight…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Senate Says Happy Memorial Day by Taking a Vacation without Extending Unemployment Benefits

by on May 28 2010, 9:30AM

As many as 200,000 people may lose their unemployment insurance benefits in early June, because the Senate has once again failed to extend the program. Senate Democrats announced on Thursday that they were once again unable to pass an extension…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Child Care Cuts Expose Longstanding Failure in Welfare Reform

by on May 24 2010, 10:09AM

States across the country are slashing already beleaguered subsidized child care programs and leaving parents without recourse, unable to find a job and too poor to pay for child care without one. The New York Times printed a front page…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Economic Inequality from Cradle to Grave

by Michelle Chen on May 24 2010, 9:27AM

What’s an acceptable level of social inequality? The loaded answer is obviously “none.” But it seems that few people realize what the socioeconomic gaps across racial and gender lines aren’t just about paychecks of different sizes. The damage lasts far…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Senate Okays Unemployment Benefit Extension, and Gets Ready to Bungle it All Over Again Next Month

by on April 13 2010, 9:30AM

After an afternoon of long-winded speeches from both sides of the aisle, the Senate voted to move forward with the extension of unemployment benefits. The vote comes after the Senate failed to pass an extension before going on break more…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Workers Tell Senators What They Think About Its Failure [VIDEO]

by Kai Wright on April 9 2010, 10:36AM

The Senate gets back to work next week after its spring break and the opening fight will almost certainly be over unemployment insurance. Before they adjourned, Senators failed to pass a short-term extension of the program — which the…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

White House Urges Senate to Pass $600 million Jobs Bill

by Jamilah King on April 8 2010, 3:33PM

We briefly mentioned this morning that the White House has thrown its support behind a $600 million jobs bill that’s currently stalled in the Senate. Advocates say the bill could create as many as 300,000 jobs for low income…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

New Job Numbers: More of the Same and Then Some

by on April 5 2010, 11:18AM

New unemployment numbers were released Friday and by some measures, the unemployment crisis appears to be waning. But for Blacks and Latinos, there is no relief at all. The new figures expose that the country’s jobless recovery is fueled by…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

A Black Agenda That Works for Everyone: Jobs and ‘Targeted Universalism’

by Michelle Chen on April 1 2010, 8:00AM

Every year, the National Urban League issues its report on the State of Black America, and it almost inevitably shows that black Americans fare worse than whites in almost every measure of socioeconomic well-being. Black workers and households are poorer,…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

The Morning Browse: Green Jobs Build Communities, WashPost Wilding Out and Wealth Gaps

by Kai Wright on March 24 2010, 9:52AM

ColorLinesTV profiles three green jobs projects that show how we can end the jobless recovery while tackling long-standing challenges in communities of color. NYT profiles the big idea that health insurance reform is part of President Obama’s effort to…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Media, Race and Recession

The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 16 2010, 6:25AM

The evil ad wizards who brought us Willie Horton are tying Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to Dubai “slave labor,” which they in turn equate with union labor in Nevada. MoJo’s Stephanie Mencimer reports. The FCC’s releasing it’s National…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, Politics, Race and Recession

Parsing the Details of Dodd’s Not-Independent Consumer Watchdog

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 2:23PM

Sen. Chris Dodd came out swinging today to defend his revamped proposal for fixing the financial regulatory system, and he’s won cautious support from some key reformers. Bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren, who has been the most vocal Beltway advocate of…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Senate Financial Reform Bill Leaves Communities at Lenders’ Mercy

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 8:52AM

Retiring Sen. Chris Dodd is rolling out his revised bill for reforming financial regulations today and the general consensus is… it’s a bust. Dodd broke off negotiations with Republicans on the Banking Committee last week, raising hopes that he’d craft…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 6:00AM

President Obama discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Clarence Thomas’ wife is holding her own Tea Party. The LA Times profiles an effort she launched in January to…

Topics: Economy, Media, Race and Recession, Schools & Youth

Why Would You Sell Your Food Stamps? [VIDEO]

by Debayani Kar on February 23 2010, 9:51AM

ARC researcher and ColorLines journalist Seth Wessler joined Carmen Cordero of Vecinos Unidos, Irasema Garza of Legal Momentum, and Wanda Fossett of Community Voices Heard on GRITtv to discuss food stamps, poverty and why this might be the best…

Topics: Race and Recession

Welfare Recipients Forced to Sell Food Stamps to Buy Basic Necessities

by Debayani Kar on February 19 2010, 7:16AM

ARC researcher and ColorLines journalist Seth Wessler joined Luz Santana of Vecinos Unidos on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss how people, especially women and mothers, are making ends meet through the recession. Seth profiled the work and experience…

Topics: Race and Recession

Blacks and Latinos in Florida Hit Hard by Recession, Where’s The Recovery?

by Guest Columnist on February 10 2010, 9:09AM

By Joseph Phelan Like every picture is worth a thousand words, every truth has a cost and the numbers never lie. In this economic crisis unemployment is hitting Black and Latino communities hard. But it isn’t just the numbers that…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

The Great Recession: What’s Race Got to Do with It?

by Guest Columnist on December 16 2009, 1:29PM

By Tram Nguyen Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to appear with Chris Rabb on the ARC/LinkTV collaboration for an upcoming show called ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery. The dialogue we began there—as Chris and I tried to unpack the…

Topics: Economy, Race and Recession

Copenhagen and Us

by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM

Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Global Affairs, News Items, Race and Recession

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