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Preeti Vissa

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Can We Talk? Big Business and the Need for Transparency

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Knowledge, as they say, is power. But when information is a one-way street, even the smartest minds have trouble making progress.

I was reminded of this the other day when I heard of the challenges faced by two members of The Greenlining Institute's Leadership Academy, which trains young...

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Financial Reform 5 Years Later: Promise Unfulfilled

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 10:51 PM

It's been five years since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform act on July 21, 2010, saying the law would "lead all of us to a stronger, more prosperous future." Despite some positive steps, that promise remains largely unfulfilled.


I say that...

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Questions for the Presidential Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:40 PM

It seems like half the country is running for president in 2016, but thus far neither the campaign nor the news coverage has been terribly edifying. This is doubly frustrating for me as an advocate for communities of color. Race and diversity have been all over the news lately --...

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The Courts, Civil Rights and What Shouldn't Be Left to Voters

(48) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:40 PM

Pretty much every time the federal courts hear a case connected to civil rights, voices on the political right can be counted on to say, "Unelected judges shouldn't decide this! It should be left to the democratic process!"

That's a fundamental misreading of the U.S. Constitution and it forces one...

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Learning From Franklin Roosevelt: Trickle-Up Economics

(80) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 11:43 AM

Once upon a time there was a U.S. president who took office during a period of great economic distress, and whose efforts to relieve that distress kicked up fierce opposition. "The president's recent statements," one U.S. senator said, "remove any doubt of his policy of state socialism, which...

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Meet the Real Faces of California's Clean Energy Economy

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Like a lot of construction workers, Jesus (Jesse) Magallenes took a serious hit during the Great Recession. California's Central Valley, where Jesse lives in the town of Visalia, had it particularly rough.


Jesse got by taking odd jobs wherever he could...

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'Too Big to Fail' Banks: Glimmers of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Last December I wrote about a bank merger deal that could create yet another "too big to fail" bank from the smoking embers of two of the very banks that helped blow up our economy in 2008: OneWest Bank (formerly IndyMac) and CIT Bank. While I'm...

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Last Year, America Discovered Race. Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 1:27 PM

2014 was the year the U.S. discovered that race is still an issue in this allegedly "color-blind" society, among other things. It's become so obvious that it even got noticed during last Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, when co-host Tina Fey got one of the biggest laughs of the...

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A New 'Too Big to Fail' Bank for the 1 Percent

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Remember back in 2008, when collapsing banks nearly tanked our whole economy and people had the quaint notion that maybe we shouldn't let banks become "too big to fail"? Would you be shocked to learn that regulators may well approve creation of a new "too big to fail" bank from...

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Raising the Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:47 PM

As I wrote last month, for millions of American families, the recession has never ended, despite a booming stock market and a lower official rate of unemployment. As Republicans and Democrats sort out the changed political landscape they'll have to navigate next year, one lesson from our recent...

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The Recession Isn't Over for Millions -- Does Anyone Care?

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:26 PM

My colleagues in The Greenlining Institute's Economic Equity team just spent several days in Washington, D.C., meeting with officials from the Federal Reserve, Small Business Administration and other agencies critical to Americans' economic well-being. Part of their message was simple and painful: Don't forget the millions of Americans...

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Riding the Back of the Digital Bus

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Major telecommunications firms (think Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and the like) want to be able to send you to an Internet slow lane if you don't have enough money pay for topflight service -- or if they simply don't like the information you're sending out.

That's bad for everyone who's...

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Big Oil Attacks California's Climate Revolution

(10) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 4:28 PM


Last month I wrote about California's quiet revolution in climate policy, a revolution that has the potential to both save our air and create thousands of jobs in economically struggling communities. But no good deed goes unpunished: The oil industry has...

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California's Climate Revolution: Could It Change the National Conversation?

(9) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 9:40 AM

Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming.

Advocates of strong climate change policies have had an immense political challenge that goes far beyond debunking the antiscientific...

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Civil Rights, 1964 and What We've Lost

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:26 PM

According to Gallup, 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing - just slightly better than the approval rating Gallup reported a few years ago for polygamy. Once upon a time, Americans actually respected our representatives in Washington, and an anniversary this month helps explain...

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Mother's Day Musings: What World Will My Son Inherit?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:26 PM

My son is two years and four months old, and he's a constant source of wonder and joy. The world I've brought him into, though, is too often a source of worry for his future.

My little boy may well live past the end of this century. How much of...

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Fixing Income Inequality Demands New Thinking

(20) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Income inequality in the U.S. is now the worst it's been since 1978. The situation is serious enough that the International Monetary Fund -- not exactly a gang of wild-eyed lefties -- recently issued a warning that income inequality threatens overall economic growth in nations that...

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President Bush Was Right

(39) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:03 PM

Every week more than 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from U.S. prisons, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 650,000 each year. That's more people than the entire population of Boston -- or Seattle or Denver or Washington, D.C.

Today, dumb policies force too many of those ex-offenders...

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Unemployment: Crisis Meets Opportunity

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:50 PM

You don't need me to tell you that unemployment is still a huge problem. The unemployment rate, including long-term unemployment, is still way too high, and Congress keeps deadlocking over small but urgently needed measures like extending unemployment benefits for those struggling to find work.


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A $1.9 Trillion Christmas Present

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:08 PM

How would you feel if Santa left $1.9 trillion in your Christmas stocking?

Don't worry -- I wouldn't know how to spend that much money either. But a $1.9 trillion boost to our economy could do amazing things, and it could actually happen. The catch is that it won't come...

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