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Forget the American Dream – millions of working Americans still can’t afford food and rent

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Employment and wages soared in the latest labor report, but that’s small comfort for the many workers with a job that doesn’t pay a living wage. By Jeffrey Kucik and Don Leonard — The Biden administration is likely celebrating a better-than-expected jobs report, which showed surging employment and wages. However, for millions of working Americans, being employed doesn’t guarantee a living income. As scholars interested in the well-being of workers, we believe that the…

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March on Washington

The myth of class-reductionism

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The fight for racial and gender justice has always been about economic inequality, too. By Adolph Reed Jr., New Republic — Ever since Bernie Sanders’s insurgent run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a specter has haunted left-liberal debate: the specter of “class reductionism.” Left-identitarians and centrist liberals have used this oversimplified charge not merely to dismiss Sanders but also to cast suspicion on the broad array of universally…

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

IRS records show wealthiest Americans, including Bezos and Musk, paid little in income taxes as share of wealth, report says

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ProPublica obtains tax data on richest Americans, which could send Washington scrambling. By Todd C. Frankel and Douglas MacMillan — The wealthiest Americans – including Warren Buffett, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos – paid little in federal income taxes at times in recent years despite soaring fortunes, according to Internal Revenue Service data obtained by ProPublica. The release of the records sent shock waves through Washington, with the federal government…

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Pittsburgh PA City Council Hearing on Black Displacement

By Gentrification, News & Current Affairs

Black Displacement Hearing – City Council Public Hearing The Pittsburgh Justice Coalition (PJC) is a group of organizations and individuals who are opposed to the misguided and ill-fated War on Drugs. June 17 will mark 50 years since President Nixon declared the War on Drugs which from the start was a War on Us, Black people. We are here today to call attention to and protest a continuing crime against…

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What Reparations for Slavery Might Look Like in 2019

A program about reparations and why now?

By Reparations

By Patricia Yosha— Race Matters. At the beginning of 2020, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter (FUUSE) sponsored two community discussions on racial issues and local racial history. Shortly after, the coronavirus pandemic took over, destroying lives inequitably among Black and brown people. Adding to that pain, police killings of Black people inspired demonstrations of racial reckoning all over the country. As we look…

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The Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable

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By Emily Moss, Kriston McIntosh, Wendy Edelberg, and Kristen E. Broady— The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted devastating effects on the U.S. economy, with job losses  especially concentrated among women, minorities, and low-wage workers. Economists have described the uneven and unequal economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession as a “K-shaped” recovery, characterized by divergent recovery trajectories for the affluent relative to those of less means. While considerable attention has been devoted to examining the…

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Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations

Reparations for Black residents should be on city agenda, says Winston-Salem’s mayor pro tem

By Reparations

By Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal — Mayor pro tem and North Ward Council Member D.D. Adams says the time is right for Winston-Salem to move forward on reparations for its Black citizens for slavery, years of Jim Crow and other racial inequities. Adams brought forward the idea in this month’s meeting of a committee she chairs on the Winston-Salem City Council. Adams says she knows it is a controversial concept….

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Calling on white Americans: Reparations for slavery are due

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

The legacy of slavery is far from resolved. It persists every day and everywhere. By David Gardinier and Karen Hilfman, The Boston Globe — Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a white police officer, and the resounding anti-racist uprisings around the world, the concept of reparations has picked up momentum in national conversations and has sparked new public curiosity and interest. Among Black people and their ancestors,…

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Reparations as Racially Progressive Economics

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

By Ajamu Brown — The international outcry over police brutality and racial injustice towards Black Americans have amplified a myriad of underlying issues, from the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow laws to modern mass-incarceration and high unemployment. The severity of the financial impact on the entire nation is still unknown. But with each economic shock millions of workers of color, particularly Black people, will have little bargaining power…

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American slavery: Separating fact from myth

By Reparations

By Daina Ramey Berry — People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. Some argue it was all a long time ago, but it wasn’t. Slavery has been in the…

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88th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors — Resolution In Support of #HR40

By Reparations

88th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Resolution In Support of the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act (H.R 40/S. 1083) WHEREAS, Congress finds that four million Africans and their descendants were brought to this land and enslaved in the American colonies beginning in 1619, and slavery was an institution that was statutorily upheld by the federal government of the United States…

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