Economic Justice

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More Than 21,000 Drug Stores Across the Nation to Offer Free HIV-Prevention Drugs

A new government program–Ready, Set, PrEP–will protect 200,000 uninsured and vulnerable Americans. 

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NCAA Says College Athletes Can Finally Get Paid

Student athletes, the majority of whom are people of color, can now secure endorsements without jeopardizing their education or career.

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LGBTQ+ People of Color More Likely to Live In Poverty Than Whites

A study from the Williams Institute study also shows that LGBTQ+ people who suffer from economic insecurity are more likely to be young people of color who identify as bisexual or transgender and are experiencing a disability.

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Debut Episode of Economic Policy Institute's Podcast Tackles Racial Wealth Gap

Host Pedro da Costa and EPI’s Valerie Wilson jump feet first into the tough conversation about race and wealth in America.

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Advocates Sue Trump Administration Over Rule Targeting Immigrants of Color

“This rule change is a direct attack on communities of color and their families, and furthers this administration’s desire to make this country work primarily for the wealthy and White.”

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It's Still Dangerous to Drive While Black in Ferguson

Black drivers in Missouri continue to be stopped by police at a much higher rate than White drivers.

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House Passes Raise the Wage Act

The bill, which now heads to the Senate for a vote, seeks to gradually double the federal minimum wage to $15 for all hourly workers, including those who are paid via tips.

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STUDY: Student Loan Debt Keeps Black and Latinx Aspiring Teachers Out of Classrooms

Meanwhile, research shows that Black students thrive in tangible ways when they have at least one teacher who looks like them.

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White Business Owners Claim Cherokee Heritage to Win $300 Million in Contracts

A new report alleges that the Small Business Administration facilitated the distribution of millions of dollars reserved for businesses owned by people of color to White people claiming membership in tribes that experts say don’t exist.

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Even More on Reparations: Watch This Forum Featuring Leading Activists, Live

The ACLU-sponsored gathering includes Dr. Ron Daniels, convener of National African American Reparations Commission, Kamm Howard, a co-chairperson of NCOBRA, Danny Glover and more. 

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LIVESTREAM: House Hearing on Reparations

The House Committee on the Judiciary hears testimony on the path to restorative justice for Black people in America.

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Black Census Project Reveals Electorate's Concerns—and Power

More than half of the 30,000+ survey participants said that politicians do not care about them or their interests.

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HUD Rule Allows Homeless Shelters to Deny Admission to Transgender People

Young transgender people of color, especially Black youth, experience disproportionately high rates of homelessness.

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Kamala Harris Debuts Plan to End Gender Wage Gap

The senator says that if she is elected president, she will take executive action instead of waiting for Congress to act.

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REPORT: 4 Strategies to Eliminate the Harmful Effects of Systemic Racism

A new study from Urban Institute gathers insights from leading policymakers, advocates and experts to present ways to imagine a future without the dangerous, long-term consequences of structural racism.

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Lyft and Uber Drivers Strike, Ask Riders to Close Apps

The drivers for rideshare companies look to put the brakes on wage reductions.

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REPORT: 10 Strategies to Address Structural Forces Behind Racial Wealth Inequality

The racial wealth divide is greater now than it was 40 years ago—and a new report says that persistent structural racism is causing the gap to grow.

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From Fyre Fest to Theranos, the Invisible Racial Subtext of Raising Capital [Op-Ed]

Lynnise Pantin, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at Columbia Law School, argues that it is possible to create an environment that prioritizes equality of access to capital for entrepreneurs of color.

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Congress Must Pass Raise the Wage Act, Secure Better Future for Women [Op-Ed]

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, Saru Jayaraman and Destiny Lopez connect the dots between securing increased pay for women earning a tipped wage and improved access to reproductive health care.

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Former Juvenile Lifers Need a Pressure Valve [Op-Ed]

Abd’Allah Wali Lateef of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth makes the case for social service, mental health and parole policy reform to help former life-sentenced children successfully return to society.