Unmarried Women and the Latino Middle Class Struggle Most with Emergency Expenses

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While the official poverty rate is a very useful measure, it misses important dimensions of economic hardship. Earlier this year, an article, “The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans,” by Neal Gabler in The Atlantic highlighted the fact that many Americans—including those in the middle class—do not have $400 on hand to cover an emergency expense. […]

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Ida Rademacher: The Economy and Our Democracy Benefit When Low-Income Families Prosper

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More assets under management by low-income families is good for those families, it’s good for their communities, it’s good for the economy, it’s good for our democracy. – Ida Rademacher, The Aspen Institute Ida Rademacher, Executive Director of the Initiative on Financial Security at The Aspen Institute, speaks on the panel entitled, “What’s the Code […]

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Robert Smith on the Importance of Opportunity

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  Recently featured in a profile by Daniel Fisher on the cover of Forbes, as part of its top 400, Robert Smith sat down with Maya Rockeymoore at the 2015 Color of Wealth Summit to talk about the power of opportunity. Both of my parents have Ph.Ds in Education. I remember growing up in Denver in […]

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Webinar: Men, Women and the #RacialWealthGap

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  While the gender pay gap is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, we must also look at the intersection of gender, race, and wealth to get a clear picture of how people of color are faring in today’s economy. Join Mariko Chang and David Pate Jr. for a webinar discussing the economic […]

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It’s Time for an Inclusion Revolution

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Brows furrowed, eyes focused, I was busy concentrating on my latest artistic masterpiece. As my hands carefully guided the acrylic paint across the canvas with the stroke of a brush, I became aware of a classmate standing nearby silently contemplating my subject. I paused and gave him a quizzical look. After all, my ninth grade […]

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The Civil Rights Act at 50: Why We Still Need Liberation Policy

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Hearing President Obama’s speech on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we are encouraged by the progress America has made to live up to its promise. Yet it marks a bittersweet moment. For although there are no more Bull Connors with dogs chasing down African Americans, we continue to bury our head in […]

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Leticia Miranda, National Council of La Raza

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Leticia Miranda is the associate director of the Economic and Employment Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.  The Economic and Employment Policy Project provides NCLR’s perspective on employment, energy, retirement, and poverty policy at the federal level.

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