Imara Jones

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Imara Jones is the Economic Justice contributor for 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.

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Economic Justice Makes or Breaks Elections

Lack of economic progress may lead to poor voter turnout.

A Concise History of U.S. Divestment in Black Men [VIDEO]

Economic justice columnist Imara Jones and graphic artist Tatiana Lam explain how black men have been excluded from generations worth of economic opportunity initiatives.

6 Ways the White House Can Help Truly Keep Our Brothers

Let's get specific about what the Obama administration can do in the next two years to fix generations worth of divestment in black men.

ISIS and the Cost of War

Unfinished business in Iraq and Afghanistan shows us that scaling up the military campaign against ISIS will create severe costs that won't be shouldered equally by all Americans.

Unemployment Stats Paint a Dangerously Incomplete Picture

The latest U.S. jobs report puts unemployment at a low 5.9 percent. But this number doesn't reflect what's really going on in millions of people's lives.

For Once, Common-Sense Ideas to Stop Income Inequality

In two separate reports issued over the past week, a strange thing happened in the fight over America's economic future: The nation's big-city mayors and Wall Street got on the same page about the need for broad-based economic fairness.

There's Still a Long Road to Economic Recovery

Despite last week's exuberant headlines, the economy is still moving sideways overall and remains downright dysfunctional for people of color and the working poor.

Subprime Loans Are Back With a Vengeance

Lenders haven't learned from the subprime mortgage loan meltdown. Now they're entering the auto loan business.

Citibank Pays Up, Finally

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.

Subprime Loans Strike Again

Lenders haven't learned from the subprime mortgage meltdown. Now they're getting into the used car business.

No Place Like Home?

As the rich dominate the housing market everyone else is left behind. Given that white people make up nine out of 10 of wealthy households, the disproportionate gains at the top of the market have racial implications as well.

Income Inequity Is a Choice

Now is as good a time as any to ask whether American democracy and its winner-take-all capitalistic system are compatible or need to part ways.

What Obama Gets Right About LGBTQ People in the Workplace

In the next couple of days President Obama is likely to sign an executive order that would ban workplace discrimination against LGBT employees at any company that does business with the federal government.

Why Don't We Raise More Hell About Unemployment?

This crisis seems to be missing something that its scale would indicate is needed: a sense of national urgency about the dire state of unemployment.

Changing the Economics of Climate Injustice

The White House's cap-and-trade plan comes five years after many hoped, but also right when communities of color need it most direly.

The Economic Case for Reparations

There is a strong rationale for reparations grounded in airtight economic principals at the heart of the free market system: access to capital.

Lessons from the Bangladeshi Factory Collapse

The only way to ensure real change is to transform our global economic rules to value workers no matter where in the world they might be.

Why a Raise in the Minimum Wage Will Happen

The faster Wall Street and corporations resisting the income hike grasp the political reality, the better it will be for the millions of people who work full-time but don't earn enough to live; especially women of color.

How the Most Ambitious Affordable Housing Plan in the Country Falls Short

Should New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's effort on affordable housing falter, it would be a setback not only for the city over which he presides but for all who share his progressive vision in the United States and around the world.

Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling and Affirmative Action

The spectacle of racist rancher Cliven Bundy and racist NBA owner Donald Sterling underscore why minority political and economic rights cannot rest solely upon majority rule.