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Jobless Thrown Under the Bus on Budget Deal

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 02.18.2014 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Get them off the dole, this argument goes, and they'll get off their butts. What these (mostly) guys are really saying, if you read closely between the lines -- because they won't say it outright -- is that extending unemployment insurance fosters laziness. Could this line of argument be any more insulting?

Let Them Eat Cake

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

We call on the Metropolitan Museum to commit to clear and unambiguous signage (in big letters) informing all visitors that its fee of $25 is only recommended and that any monetary contribution will be acceptable for admission.

The High Costs of Aging Out

Richard Buery | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Buery

Too many youth in foster care spend their 21st birthday packing their bags, finding a place to live and figuring out how they are going to pay the rent and put food in the fridge.

New York City and the Assault on Public Housing

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

With income inequality in New York greater than anywhere else in the country, I for one would be doing everything to dispense crumbs to the poor, just to show that even though I have my own jet fleet, I still care about the less fortunate. But that's not what's happening.

Bloomberg to Children of Color: Life's Not Fair, Get Over It

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Of the 5,229 students accepted to the city's eight Specialized High Schools this year, only 618 were black or Hispanic, a decline of nearly 16 percent in one year alone.

The Next Administration's Focus: Upgrading Career and Technical Education

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 04.24.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

With a new mayor to be elected this year, who will take over in 2014, the city stands poised to take a much more aggressive effort to make its CTE programs not merely adequate, but to take a role as the innovation leader in the nation.

STRIVE and the Problem of the Long-Term Unemployed

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 11.05.2012 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Two weeks ago, the Community Service Society (CSS) issued a report that highlighted a new reality for New York City that may very well shape much of the city's economic, social and political climate for the next decade.

Is the U.S. Justice Department Supporting Discrimination by the New York Fire Department?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 09.08.2012 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

All of a sudden the feds have nothing to say about the FDNY's long-term intentional discrimination in hiring. The Obama administration appears to be retreating from a legal case out of fear of reprisal from a powerful mayor.

College to Nowhere

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.21.2012 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

In my mind, this doesn't indicate we should give up on college for everyone, but it does mean we have to be very careful about what pathways we're sending young people down which don't lead to gainful employment.

"Stop and Frisk": A Road to Disaster

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Now isn't the time to inflame an already desperate condition with police practices that are likely to further embitter those who are facing a possible lifetime without hope.

Protecting Health Care Consumers

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Health care ombuds programs, like the one our group has employed in New York, are crucial in leveling the playing field between insurance companies, hospitals and the individual consumer.

Retirees Replacing Teen Workers in Low-Wage Jobs

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Employers are gravitating towards workers over 65 for very good reasons. But what may be good for employers may be seriously bad for the city and nation.

Connecting the Dots: Rising Homelessness and Chronic Joblessness

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The Congress was unable to pass a new extension for unemployment insurance benefits before the July 4th holiday recess. The impact on New York and other large cities is immediate and devastating.

Protection for Horses But Not Sick Workers?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

In May, City Council hearings will begin for the second year on a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all full-time employees working for New York City businesses.

Green Economy Jobs: Who Will Get Them?

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The Tea Party right wing managed to derail Van Jones' position as White House environmental adviser, but has done nothing to dampen hope for the Green Economy.

The New Poverty Measure

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

I think everyone who gets to know young kids knows the look of total disbelief you get when you offer them a quarter (or even worse a dime) and suggest they get some candy.

A Vote on Paid Sick Leave in May

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

A bill on paid sick leave has been reintroduced in New York's City Council with 35 sponsors and seems certain to pass if it reaches the floor in May. The major opponents are businesses.

Summertime, and the Living (Won't) be Easy

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Now, in this recession, everyone has to reevaluate how this "Summertime" is going to play out, or else we all may be shocked when things don't work out.

A One Day Celebration of Health Care Reform

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

If we can't develop a national consensus on health care, jobs, education, and race, I don't think we can compete.

New York City's Chronic Jobless Crisis

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Many New Yorkers are going to be flattened by a form of chronic joblessness never before seen in the United States.

Education Reform: America's Third Rail

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Charter schools are seen as a universal panacea that involves no one giving up anything and no elected official having to ever really lead on the issue, far less take any political risk.

Maybe They Are After Us

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

The Supreme Court decision suddenly makes the whole notion of campaign finance laws a joke. I don't see how a democracy can function under these conditions.

How We Avoid Dealing With Poverty

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

I've heard government officials and heads of foundations tell me that dealing with young African Americans and Latinos without a high school diploma and low reading and math skills was simply too difficult.

Joblessness and the Skills Gap

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

This recession hasn't been borne equally along class lines in New York City. It hasn't created the sense of urgency that propelled the New Deal, the WPA, and LaGuardia's Health and Hospital Corporation.

Fire Department in the Twilight Zone

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Otherwise sane elected officials, like Mayor Bloomberg, think that if we integrate the FDNY with African American and Latino fireman (like every other major city in America) the city can't survive.