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Economic Inequality

Black Women Still Suffer From Wage Gaps

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Here we are 50 years later, and if you're a woman of color, then you're still facing inequality in the workplace. According to a recent study, black women are making far less than their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in the same jobs and positions.

The Opportunity of a Generation: Ending Extreme Inequality

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

We need to tackle extreme inequality because is morally indefensible and socially corrosive -- undermining our health, affecting our well-being, and undermining peaceful societies.

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

Super-Rich Guy To 'Zillionaires': Back $15 Minimum Wage Or Prepare For Revolution

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Business

A Seattle millionaire is urging his super-rich peers to support a $15 minimum wage or face the possibility of a devastating populist revolt. In an ...

Conservatives Blame the Wrong People for Economic Problems

Fred Lundgren | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Too often, hard working and well meaning conservatives fall into the "blame trap" set by their rich and powerful brethren, who blame the powerless, instead of themselves for the economic woes of society.

Romney Leaving Millions to His Kids Actually Helps Workers, Says Economics Prof (and Romney Adviser)

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The goal of such an argument is to make working people believe that down is up, that day is night, that Republicanism works for them, and not merely for the 1 percent. To the American people, I would simply say this: Don't you believe it.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

Which Churches Are the Most Activist of All? New Study Findings May Surprise You

David Briggs | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.

The Development Gap in New York City

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.16.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even as the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.

Platform of the Unite America Party

Gary Reber | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

The growing imbalance between how wealth is produced and how it is earned and distributed cannot be corrected without connecting up every human being with the rights and powers of capital ownership.

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

Working Families Party Endorsement of Cuomo Shows Progressive Political Power

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

It would be a mistake to think that the New York Working Families Party's endorsement of a Wall Street, austerity Democrat -- Andrew Cuomo -- is a defeat for the surging progressive wing of the Democratic Party. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Lawrence Wittner

As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. Students comprise another university constituency that is faring poorly.

Racism: What's the Problem?

Bob Burnett | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

For a brief period, there was a national discussion of racism. But now, for most Americans, it's over. Why can't we acknowledge racism continues to be a major national problem, a cancer that threatens the heart of our democracy? Why can't we do something about it?

Students Who Encounter Diversity in School Are More Prepared for the Workforce

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.22.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

This embrace of multiplicity carries through virtually every aspect of the school. Walk into the cafeteria and you will find students fluidly socializing across tables, rather than choosing to segregate by race, as happens in so many American high schools.

Piketty in Elysium

John Feffer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Hollywood projects our dreams and fears. In the past our cinematic apocalypses have reflected our obsessions with nuclear holocaust and environmental degradation. We're certainly still worried about those fates -- along with pandemics and zombies -- but gross inequality now competes for our attention.

Let's Startup N.Y. Together!

John Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
John Robinson

In one month, we will be crossing New York State in our Journey Along the Erie Canal again in support of opportunities for all abilities. As we prepar...

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

Capitalists in the 21st Century: Workers Must Step Forward

Frank Islam | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

With the rare exception, however, we don't see much of an appetite from the wealthiest capitalists here in the U.S. to engage in a new form of capitalism that would "redistribute" or change the manner in which income or wealth is presently being shared.

Post-Automation: What Does Poor Mean?

David Sable | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
David Sable

The rich get richer and the poor get bigger televisions. In a recent article in the New York Times, "Changed Life of the Poor: Better Off, but Far ...

Starving for Higher Wages: UPMC Workers Fast for a Week (VIDEO)

Julie Sokolow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Julie Sokolow

Since 2012 a battle has been raging between UPMC hospital workers like Chaney Lewis and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who makes $6 million a year. Chaney has worked at UPMC for over nine years but still only makes $11.97 an hour. Consider this added offense: UPMC enjoys the status of "charitable nonprofit."

Fast Food Pulls a Fast One

Michael Winship | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Michael Winship

Our tax dollars are subsidizing both the fast-food workers who need the help and the companies' CEOs who don't.

Why We Still Need a Feminist Agenda

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 06.29.2014 | Women
Gina Messina-Dysert

It is disappointing that Congress had an opportunity to make a statement about the status of women in the U.S. with the Paycheck Fairness Act, but instead chose to block the bill. But given the historical treatment of women in our nation, it shouldn't be surprising.

Inequality and Pay: 'Rents' vs. Merit

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Not only have they been overpaid relative to the damage their sector has caused, but many of them and their institutions have been made whole at the taxpayers' expense once the depressed risk pricing was revealed and the bubble burst.

The Contraceptive Mandate Finally Leads America Out of the Victorian Era

Ellen Chesler | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Ellen Chesler

The Affordable Care Act demonstrates an affirmative, proactive step from government for women's access to reproductive health care, but conservatives are bent on moving backwards.