Economic Justice

REPORT: Ben Carson's Plan to Raise Rent Hurts Poor Families of Color

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says he wants to raise rents for people living in poverty to push them into jobs. But a new report says his plan would force millions into homelessness.

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Author Q&A: Understanding Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Through Marx, Monsters and a Queer Decolonial Lens

Colorlines talks to Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera about their new book, “lo terciario/the tertiary,” which revisits Karl Marx’s “Capital” to examine Puerto Rico’s debt crisis from a queer decolonial lens.

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STUDY: Black Unemployment Rate is Double White Rate in 14 States, D.C.

A new study from the Economic Policy Institute makes it clear that while unemployment rates may be trending downward, they are still indicative of a wide gulf between the unemployment rates for Black and White workers.

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Poor People's Campaign Launches With March on Capitol Hill

The campaign’s list of demands directly address the issues of systemic racism and economic inequality.

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Why Reentry Is Incredibly Hard for Formerly Incarcerated Black and Latinx People

Colorlines talks to Bruce Western, author of  “Homeward: Life in the Year After Incarceration,” which follows the journeys of 100+ formerly incarcerated people as they navigate the challenges of racial, health and socioeconomic inequity.

National Black Mama's Bail Out Seeks to Reunite Families for Mother's Day

“We are committed to building a community-based movement to end pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration.”

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STUDY: The Most—and Least—Inclusive Cities in the Nation

See how your city stacks up.

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Broadcasting Hate: How Trump Used the FCC to Punish the Poor [OPINION]

Erin Shields of Center for Media Justice and Lucia Martinez of Free Press break down what they call the Trump administration’s “war on the poor.”

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READ: How America Criminalizes Impoverished People of Color

The New Republic breaks down how policy and practice punish the least resourced among us.

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STUDY: Women of Color Living in Poverty Face Highest Risk of Eviction

A new report from Eviction Lab explores who is experiencing housing insecurity in the United States.

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Dozens of Hate-Fueled Attacks Against People of Color Reported at Walmart Stores Nationwide

Univision tracks several racist incidents at the country’s largest private sector employer of African-American and Latinx workers.

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5 Key Takeaways From That New Report on the Wealth of Black Men

“Black boys fare worse than White boys in 99 percent of America.”

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Do We Need An Economic Bill of Rights?

The American Prospect says yes: “Today, we must transcend the racial, ethnic and regional divisions by building universal policies that are cognizant of identities and intersectionality, and inclusive of race, gender, nationality, sexuality and ability.”

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EPA Report Proves That Black Communities More Likely to Breathe Toxic Air

People of color have a 35 percent higher chance of living near emission polluting facilities than their White counterparts—and the number is higher for Black residents.

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U.S. Courts Imprison Thousands For Unpaid Debts

A new report says the practice—which violates due process laws—disproportionately impacts communities of color.

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New Journal Reimagines Approach to Eradicating Poverty

The proposed policies could help lift 23.3 million people of color out of poverty.

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Trump Administration Wants to Replace SNAP Benefits With Boxes of Canned Goods

The proposed 2019 budget would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $213 billion over the next 10 years.

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Dodge Faces Backlash for Using Anti-Capitalist Martin Luther King Jr. Sermon in Super Bowl Ad

The truck commercial uses part of King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon—conveniently omitting the part where he denounces advertising as part of an oppressive economic system.

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REPORT: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Challenges Congress to Tackle Inequity in America's Schools

“School finance inequity is a standard feature of American public schooling and low-income students and students of color disproportionately live its consequences.”

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WATCH: Maxwell, Aloe Blacc Sing For Poor People's Campaign At 'We Are Here' Concert

Faith leaders, media personalities and musicians graced the Howard Theater stage to support the newly revived Poor People’s Campaign.