Failed Economic Policies Have Contributed to Asylum Seekers: Many of the families detained at the U.S.-Mexico border have lost their livelihoods as the result of reforms that benefit elites in the United States and Latin American countries

By Manuel Perez-Rocha, Inequality.org, As a Mexican American and a father of two young children I am horrified to see the cruelty being inflicted on thousands of families that haven’t been as lucky as mine and have been separated at the US-Mexico border. Feeling the heat from all sides, the president has reversed his separation policy and signed an executive order …

The Public Has Been Ignored for Too Long on Pipelines: The government’s own watchdogs agree: Regulators have been ignoring local communities and siding with industry way too often.

By Todd Larsen, June 29, 2018 In school, we’re taught that the U.S. is a nation of laws, and no one is above the law. But for communities nationwide fighting natural gas pipelines, they quickly find that the law is stacked against them. Imagine receiving notice one day that a pipeline is going to cut through your property — maybe just …

After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits the Poor for Profit: “Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top.”

Monday, July 02, 2018 by Common Dreams by Jake Johnson, staff writer Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his book Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises during the Politico Playbook Lunch at The Hamilton May 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) After a lengthy government career defined by his central role in bailing out predatory Wall Street banks as former President Barack Obama’s Treasury …

40 percent of American college students go to community colleges. And among the poorest 40 percent of Americans, only 12 percent of young people born in the 1980s earned a bachelor’s degree by age 25

A college degree is not optional for most good jobs in today’s economy, so more and more students from low-income backgrounds are pursuing higher education, and they are most likely to end up at community colleges. Despite President Trump’s recent comments that “We do not know what a ‘community college’ means,” these institutions comprise more than 40 percent of the country’s undergraduate …

For Women of Color, the Child-Welfare System Functions Like the Criminal-Justice System: Mothers of color are scrutinized by authority figures—and then punished. 

By Collier Meyerson in The Nation, 24 May 2018 on “Under-resourced Parents” and The New Jane Crow. A mother picks up her 4-year-old son from a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 2013. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) When Tasheva was 11 years old, she was left alone with her four younger siblings in her family’s New York City apartment. As kids who …

Nearly half of all renters can’t afford rent, and over half a million Americans are homeless on any given night. How did we get here?

According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, 11.1 million renters in the U.S. spent more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Millennials are creating their own version of success, Worth says, even though it looks different from previous generations’ picture of the American Dream.  Lynn Brown, 28, refused to let the housing market and rising costs of living …

Taking a longer, harder look at the research that shows that more equal societies also turn out to be safer societies

By Sam Pizzigati, Inequality.org, March 2018 Last month’s homicidal horror at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has Americans searching for answers to the most elemental question a parent can ever ask. How can we, Americans want to know, protect our kids? Overwhelming majorities of us, the polls tell us, feel that the answer involves some sort of meaningful limits on …

People’s Platform for Energy Transition and Climate Policy Equity Framework

V I S I O N The people of Colorado want a state powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate economic, racial and gender inequality. We know that the time for this great transition is short. We are living in a country, …

“If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets”

March 6, 2018 David F. Ruccio, Real World Economics Review  Chris Rock may be right. Still, Americans are well aware that economic inequality in their country is obscene, even though they often underestimate the growing gap between the poor and the rich.But it’s Frank Rich, who conducted the interview with the American comedian, who made the more perceptive observation: For all the current conversation …