Reducing Inequality in the Trump Era

Reducing Inequality in the Trump Era

In a lot of ways, 2016 was a big year for reducing inequality. Five states raised their minimum wage through citizen-led ballot initiatives. A job-killing free trade agreement, the TPP, was blocked as a result of massive public demonstrations against it. More...
Calling Working People of All Colors

Calling Working People of All Colors

A little over 80 years ago, NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “Black Reconstruction in America,” a groundbreaking essay that looked at the racial politics of the post-Civil War years. The major failure of those years, Du Bois insisted, was that poor...
Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed? Obama conveyed this vision by...
Low-Wage Nation

Low-Wage Nation

With its catchy “We are the 99 Percent” slogan, the Occupy movement focused millions of Americans on our nation’s chronic inequality. As that movement regains momentum, it must pay more attention to the whole 99 percent. We certainly should worry...