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Rachel Pearson of Engage: Reading, watching, listening on women’s economic security, policy

Rachel Pearson founded women’s economic policy organization Engage, www.engagewomen.org, after working for years in Washington, D.C., and growing frustrated at the lack of bipartisanship in Congress. “Women outlive, outnumber and out vote men,” Pearson said. “The political power should be ours, and we should have a much larger impact on [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:40:13-05:00April 20, 2021|Economy, Politics, Reckon|Women, Story|

Fear and hope: The Alabama Amazon plant unionizing effort through a worker’s eyes

Last summer, Amazon worker Darryl Richardson was fed up with how he and his colleagues were being treated at work. Every part of their day was being tracked and recorded. Even going to the bathroom had become an ordeal. Too long off the job in a single day could result [...]

By |2021-04-21T12:07:43-05:00April 19, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Feature, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

In a rural Alabama town, young Southerners have created their own ‘magical community’

Sarah Cole, 32, is relaxing on the front porch swing with her partner, Robert Fitzpatrick, when her phone buzzes.  It’s a text from their friend, Tim Higgins, inviting them over. Tim and his partner, Aaron Head, live just across the street. The spring breeze ruffles at least half a dozen different windchimes strung along the porch [...]

By |2021-04-14T12:27:03-05:00April 12, 2021|Economy, Life & Culture, Story|

How the Biden infrastructure plan addresses racial disparities

In the 70 years that have passed since the sprawling interstate highway system was built, which destroyed many Black and brown communities throughout the country and prompted decades of ignored protests, there has been little effort by the federal government to reverse the damage. A massive new federal program could [...]

Why payday loan use is up in the pandemic, and how you can avoid them

Payday lenders targeting low-income people is nothing new. The short term, high interest loans, which are often catered to minorities in rural areas, have the potential to create a spiral of debt that many struggle to free themselves from. In 2018, for example, over 33,000 payday loans were taken out [...]

By |2021-03-31T09:44:17-05:00March 31, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Health, Politics, Race, Story|

Phyllis Hill: Atlanta organizer advocating to end mass incarceration, reduce gun violence

Phyllis Hill was born in 1979 in Hazelhurst, Ga., a small predominantly white city of 5,000 people. Her grandmother, a staunch missionary Baptist and an educator, primarily raised her and inspired her to become a prominent Black leader and organizer in the South, as well as having a deep appreciation [...]

By |2021-03-18T13:34:34-05:00March 18, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Justice, Race, Story|

New PPP federal stimulus could boost women, minority businesses. Here are the details

After being shut out of early coronavirus relief, minority business owners are set for a major boost over the next two weeks after President Joe Biden’s administration opened a window of opportunity aimed at helping America’s smallest and neediest businesses. Starting February 24, there will be new rules for the [...]

By |2021-03-17T09:13:21-05:00February 24, 2021|Blackness, Economy, Politics, Race, Story|
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