The Economy Reimagined, Part 2: Jobs, Education and Poverty

The case for a job guarantee, the future of the labor movement, working in the gig economy and more.
Pictured: Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) hold a rally on Feb. 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Biden announces plan for economic investment in communities of color

Jul 28, 2020
It's a plan to ensure that post-pandemic economic recovery is built around promoting racial equality.
Biden wants to take $30 billion and funnel it into a “Small Business Opportunity Fund" designed to leverage $5 of private investment for minority owned enterprises for each $1 in public funds allocated.
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How the virus devastated workers in a Brooklyn neighborhood

Jul 13, 2020
Brownsville, where 80% of residents are Black, had an infection rate in May that was more than twice the New York City average.
Workers at Brownsville's Collective Fare assemble donated to-go meals. Many residents of the  neighborhood are essential workers and more exposed to risk.
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Companies are saying they'll diversify, but will they follow through?

Jun 22, 2020
Many companies are committing to diversifying the workforce. But if previous efforts have failed, will this time be different?
Kenneth Frazier, leader of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., is one of the few Black CEOs running a Fortune 500 company.
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Some old films will come with a racism warning, but is it too little, too late?

Jun 22, 2020
In the last few weeks, several historic films have come under increased scrutiny.
Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) kisses the hand of a tearful Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in "Gone With the Wind."
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Why diversity and inclusion programs often fall short

Jun 12, 2020
They often lack resources and can even cause a backlash that makes things worse.
Sephora closed its stores in 2019 to hold diversity and inclusion training for its employees. Following weeks of protests against police brutality, companies have made a renewed commitment to tackling systemic racism.
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Economies are reopening, but the child care question persists

Jun 8, 2020
An industry stretched thin before the pandemic is now at a breaking point.
A mother helps her daughters with schoolwork in March. As the economy opens back up, school programs remain shut down.
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Mutual aid grows in popularity during protests and pandemic

Jun 4, 2020
Communities of color and activists have been practicing mutual aid for a long time. But it has become much more widespread recently.
Volunteers with the Bronx Mutual Aid Network buy and delivery groceries and run errands for people in the community.
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Navigating Instagram's algorithm as @idealblackfemale

Aug 6, 2018
How hate speech censorship policies and content moderation appear to an artist creating on the platform.
Mandy Harris Williams says she's found a great home for her art on Instagram.
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Bay Area restaurants introduce training programs to address their race wage gaps

Jan 10, 2018
In the restaurant industry, people of color are more likely to hold lower-paying, back-of-house jobs, but some restaurants are trying to change that.
Cory Woods went through a training program to transition from the kitchen to the front of the house, where he is now earning far more money.
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