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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.