We've all heard the stories. Homeless Homejoy cleaners. Uber drivers on food stamps. Grad students Airbnb-ing their extra rooms in gentrifying neighborhoods to cover their own rent.
It didn't hurt Sunday night's ratings to have only one angry white woman of a certain age refuse to turn that dial (so to speak). We won't get Hollywood's attention -- or any other institution of power -- until all of us are angry.
Changing the way one applies for a loan doesn't simply mean stating for 28 pages that a borrower will not be discriminated against, or that we should depend solely on federal and state regulations to curb financial intuitions' racist lending practices.
The myth of fluid upward mobility blinds us to how stacked our system has become against the aspirations of the less well-off, thereby enabling an elite to capture every larger shares of income, wealth, privilege, and control over government while those below receive relatively smaller shares, face fewer opportunities, and command increasingly less control.
Over the last 18 months, port truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dramatically escalated their decades-long struggle against trucking companies.
In response to the highly unequal 21st century economy, Congress should reform Social Security by asking high earners to contribute to Social Security on all of their income at the same rate as other Americans.
In the run-up to the 2016 election, Republicans are trying to position themselves as the party of the middle class. It may well work, but not because Republicans are in fact reformist, but rather because voters and pundits eschew data and instead focus on rhetoric.
Now more than ever it is imperative that Republicans and Democrats work together to focus our vast national resources on new and better ways to grow our economy that are more sustainable and inclusive for Americans of all backgrounds and political persuasions.
As any parent instinctively knows, our children are our future. They will inherit the world we leave for them. How they lead and shape the world depends in large part upon our actions today, upon how we invest in them.
When the political establishment wants to pass major trade agreements, we see respectable Washington types making pronouncements bearing so little relationship to reality that they would cause Sarah Palin to cringe. The Washington Post gave us one such gem last week when it took issue with those saying currency rules should be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Despite some progress over the past few years, gender-based legal restrictions remain significant. Almost 90 percent of countries have at least one important restriction in the books, and some have many.
Is equality back to the center stage among peoples' values, is it the new compass in their search for better conditions of life and better institutions? Perhaps. But there is another value which has a much greater and steadier support: democracy.
We need an informed dialogue about how local solar power (large-scale and rooftop) can impact low-income communities and communities of color in the U.S. We need to talk about "all the good things, and the bad things, that may be."
Obama's proposals towards "middle-class economics" and the recently released Economic Report of the President for 2015 highlight just how close the two countries are in their thinking about these issues and on how to make economic policies work more equitably for everyone. And yet, rather than coming together, the distance between the two countries has widened.
Women-owned businesses can be found in all industries and sizes, but many of them are hidden in plain sight in home-based enterprises. These small businesses are making a difference in local economies -- even those run from the family dining room table.
Companies are still coming to grips with the scope of corporate responsibility, and adding social sustainability to the mix increases the challenge. Companies cannot take ownership of every perceived social concern, but need to be seen as rationale in the choices they make.