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This Week in “What the…?” – Major League Edition

This Week in “What the…?” – Major League Edition

This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Once again, some of those claiming loudly that America has become post-racial and no longer needs to worry about racism (hey, we have a black president, don’t we?) have inadvertently proven that racism is alive and well in America. Back in 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record – and received racist hate mail for having the audacity, as an African American, to break a record held by a white guy. Now he gets racist hate mail simply for acknowledging that racism still exists. “We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we…
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Leaks, Lies and Your Right to Know

Leaks, Lies and Your Right to Know

One of my biggest frustrations as a consumer advocate is Confidential Information. You see, there’s a lot of information that companies don’t want the public to know, claiming that they need to keep it confidential because releasing it would give their competitors an unfair advantage, or the information is proprietary. These claims are often true, but  I’m increasingly convinced that companies often keep information confidential because if their customers found out about it, we would be outraged. When a carrier files a document containing uncomfortable facts at the Federal Communications Commission or the California Public Utilities Commission, that carrier usually first asks the Commission for a protective order. Under a…
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4 Words Progressives Should Drop from Our Vocabulary

4 Words Progressives Should Drop from Our Vocabulary

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” –Audre Lorde If you’ve been involved in any sort of advocacy or political organizing, you’ve probably heard someone say, “That’s not my issue.” It could be an environmentalist talking about civil rights, or a civil rights activist talking about climate change, or a criminal justice reformer talking about access to health care. The message, in short: “That’s outside of my silo, so I’m not going to worry about it.” I’ve come to believe that this attitude is pretty much always a mistake. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there’s no need for advocates…
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This Is What The Next America Looks Like

This Is What The Next America Looks Like

“The demographic revolution is here!” We’ve heard the phrase countless times in the past, but what does it really mean? Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Center has published a new book titled The Next America that puts the demographic revolution into context. Some highlights: America is getting grayer. As a result of longer lifespans and lower birthrates, by 2060 there will be as many Americans over the age of 85 as under age 5. And as we take every opportunity to point out at Greenlining, people of color in the United States are becoming the New Majority. By 2060, America will only be 43% white. We’re a country with a very colorful racial…
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Why The Current Gender Pay Gap Narrative Is So Problematic

Why The Current Gender Pay Gap Narrative Is So Problematic

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans filibustered a Democrat-sponsored bill that would have made it easier for women to demand pay parity with their male counterparts. More specifically, the bill would have required companies to disclose the salaries of their workers and strengthened a worker’s right to sue their employer for persistent pay and career advancement discrepancies. While the bill did not pass its first legislative hurdle, Democrats hope that this temporary setback will pay big dividends by increasing the number of women who vote in the upcoming midterm elections. But which women are Democrats courting with the gender pay gap argument and whose stories are being lost in the process?…
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The Affordable Care Act is Working

The Affordable Care Act is Working

A new Gallup poll reports that the percentage of Americans without health insurance has fallen to its lowest level since 2008, dropping dramatically from its peak last year. While surveys like this aren’t perfect, this one likely underestimates the number of people who now have coverage, since it doesn’t capture the last-minute flurry of signups as the March 31 deadline approached. Notably and importantly, the biggest increase in insurance coverage was among blacks, Latinos, and households with incomes under $36,000 per year. Ideological opponents of health care reform have done much theatrical wailing about a few people who have lost coverage – mainly people who had junk insurance that doesn’t…
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Life with Stop-and-Frisk

Life with Stop-and-Frisk

The white father of a black son, writing in The Atlantic, details his family’s disturbing experiences with stop-and-frisk policies and general police attitudes toward African Americans: When my son was walking home one night during his summer in New York City, two men jumped out of the shadows and grabbed him. Any reasonable person would instantly have been jolted into wondering, “Am I being robbed?” That question demands quick decision-making: “Do I defend myself? Do I break free and try to run away?” However, because cautious African-American men know that they are frequent targets of sudden and unexplained police stops, they must suppress their rational defensive reactions with self-imposed docility.…
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Comcast, Modems, and Why Net Neutrality Matters.

Comcast, Modems, and Why Net Neutrality Matters.

See that picture at the top of the post?  It will become important a bit later on. So, it’s been just a few months since the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality provisions, and it hasn’t taken very long for us to start seeing the effects of deregulation on the quality of broadband. There’s been a lot of discussion about traffic shaping—methods providers use to give some Internet traffic priority over other Internet traffic.  You may have already read stories alleging that in the absence of net neutrality protections, Netflix’s streaming video performance on both Verizon and Comcast appears to be degrading. While…
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Senate Confirms Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

Senate Confirms Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator

The long wait for the new leader of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is finally over. Today the Senate unanimously voted to confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet as SBA Administrator, a position recently elevated to the President’s cabinet. Small businesses will have a strong ally with Administrator Contreras-Sweet at the helm of the SBA. Along with many other small business advocates, we have sounded off to let Congress know that she is the right person for this important job. We’re glad to see they got the message! Ms. Contreras-Sweet is a first-generation Latina from California who understands the role of small businesses in creating the American Dream, especially for communities of color.…
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Getting it Right: Congress Includes Greenlining Recommendations in Push for Greater Diversity

Getting it Right: Congress Includes Greenlining Recommendations in Push for Greater Diversity

Diversity isn’t a topic that typically gets mainstream media coverage — until now.  On March 6th a controversial article leaked an incomplete, internal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study that revealed racial disparities within the agency’s workforce. Long story short, employees of color were less likely to be happy and more likely to receive poor performance evaluations than their white counterparts.   The article and findings definitely gave cause for concern, but consumer advocates who have been at the front lines fighting for more diversity know it’s just another opportunity for CFPB-haters to attack this much-needed agency. (For further explanation of what the CFPB does, why it’s necessary, and who’s against…
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