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Economic Justice

5 Principles to Restore Trust in Banking

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

In today's America, bankers are often seen as uncaring, and media portrayals reflect a view that banks put hardworking people on the streets. Our industry, which should be a key part of helping people achieve their economic and financial goals, has lost consumer trust.

As Sanders and Trump Push the Right Buttons, the Liberty Movement Must Wake Up

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

As an activist for liberty, I am pained by the failure of the similarly anti-establishment and still-largely-insurgent liberty movement to replicate either Ron Paul's successes of four years ago, or the successes of its present political opponents -- a democratic socialist, Sanders, and I'm-not-sure-what-to-call-him-but-he-looks-like-a-populist-fascist, Trum

Hey NLRB, Do You Think College Football Players Are Employees Now?

Ken Reed | Posted 09.02.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

The economic model of college athletics is going to change in the coming years. But change certainly isn't always bad. In this case, it will be good. The games will remain exciting and, most importantly, college sports will be more fair and just for the athletes creating the product.

Black Lives Matter Has Helped Bernie Sanders' Racial Justice Agenda

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Black Lives Matter protesters wanted Sanders' campaign to stop treating racial justice as an inevitable byproduct of economic justice. They wanted Sanders to instead promote a specific racial justice platform complementary to his economic justice agenda, and they had every right to demand that he do so.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

One Cheer for Plutocracy

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Alex Cacioppo

There is no "anti-capitalism" movement, but rather a movement to save capitalism from its worst excesses, one of which is rampant, systemic and insidious inequality. You do not have to be a socialist to believe that there needs to be some kind of leveling.

Union Dad: Economic Justice and a Rich Family Spirit

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When I was growing up in Cleveland, my dad was a bus driver and a proud member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Although he passed away in 2009, the lessons he taught about what it means to be a union member have never left me. That's why I'm proud to be a union son, and proud to be a union dad.

Moms Driving Change Around the World

Jennifer Dulski | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Dulski

This Mother's Day I wanted to take some time to celebrate all the moms around the world who are taking action on on the issues they care about.

It's Time to Queer Our Taxes

Meghan Maury | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

While more states are recognizing same-sex couples' right to marry, there is still an enormous amount of work to be done to secure social justice for all. Ensuring that our families are recognized by the federal tax code is a queer issue. Updating our tax code must remain a key component of advancing freedom, equality, and justice for LGBTQ people.

#BlackWorkMatters: 'It's A Fight For The Dignity Of Workers'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices

Police brutality is not the only issue concerning black lives in America. #BlackLivesMatters is a hashtag that has taken the Internet by storm and ...

To Advance Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Confirm Loretta Lynch

John Taylor | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
John Taylor

Communities that are still recovering from the Great Recession, and particularly working-class communities and communities of color, need someone who will carry on the work of enforcing the laws that ensure the fairness of our economic and political system. The Senate should act to confirm Ms. Lynch promptly and without further delay.

The Healthcare Industry: A Prescription to Help Heal Racial Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

The healthcare industry is a longstanding anchor in many urban centers. Poised to add nearly 5 million jobs to the economy over the next decade, this industry is uniquely positioned to expand job creation and wealth-building opportunities to some of our country's most economically vulnerable communities.

Why Hillary Can Win Big

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

This will be the heart of Hillary Clinton's conversation with America: equal wages for women, a higher minimum wage for workers, a higher standard of living for all, a better education for students who want to learn and affordable education for the moms and dads who must pay for it.

Big Data Is an Economic Justice Issue, Not Just a Privacy Problem

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

The steady loss of data by individuals into the hands of increasingly centralized corporate hands is helping drive a large portion of the economic inequality that has become central to the political debate in our nation.

Economic Democracy: People Power and Cooperative Alternatives for a Sustainable Black Future

Kali Akuno | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Akuno

We'll know black lives matter when the capitalist system that enslaved our ancestors and is intent on disposing of our future is replaced by a new socio-economic system, based on economic democracy and self-determination.

A Look Back at Where Pay Equity Has Been and Where It's Going

Catherine Hill | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Catherine Hill

When it comes to reaching pay equity, the pace of change is glacial. Just how long will it take until we see equal pay? At this rate, it could be more than 100 years.

President's 5 Economic Proposals That Could Benefit LGBTQ People

Meghan Maury | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Meghan Maury

This week, President Obama introduce a series of economic proposals during his annual State of the Union speech. Here's how five of them would impact the LGBTQ community.

King Martin

Abdul-Rahman Lediju | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Abdul-Rahman Lediju

His words excite, challenge, illuminate, enlighten and sustain. I am who I am because he was who he was.

MLK's Fight for Economic Justice

Nancy Altman | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

As many of us fight today for an increase in the minimum wage, an end to job discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, full employment, and an end to poverty, we are continuing the struggle for which Dr. King gave his life.

Remembering Dr. King -- Is There a Place for "Extremists"?

John Bouman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
John Bouman

Today, as we ponder Dr. King's legacy, we should understand the important role of government in ensuring fair opportunities for upward mobility, and we should welcome creative extremists in that just cause.

Poison the River

Peter Buffett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Peter Buffett

We've always needed stories to make sense of the world around us. But most of the recent stories don't serve us anymore. We need new stories. Stories that stop asking us to live up to something -- and instead inspire us to live in to what's possible.

Change is Possible!

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

After growing demands from the grassroots over recent years for bipartisan problem solving to address the nation's continuing economic woes -- from wage and income stagnation to growing asset inequality -- Americans are tired of waiting for a fix.

Tipping Point: The People's Climate March

Dave Pruett | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

I'm no journalist, but for those who missed the significance of this singular moment due to the mainstream media's abdication of responsibility, permit me a few reflections on why the PCM was monumental.

5 Things the People's Climate March Is Doing Right, and Why You Should Be There

Justin Haaheim | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Justin Haaheim

It's not about polar bears and saving the trees (unless you like that sort of thing). It's about the millions of people around the world who are being hit hardest by a problem they didn't create.

Helping Should Strengthen Relationships, Not Hurt Them: 3 Perspectives (3 of 3)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

This is the last in a series of three posts sharing the story of Myong, a refugee from Vietnam who was receiving counseling from Asian Neighborhood Design, the social service agency I ran in 1983.