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Are All Americans Equal?

Most people are aware of the ongoing economic inequality suffered by the majority of Americans and disproportionately for African Americans. African Americans’ net wealth in the US is 1/10 of that of their fellow White citizens. The COVID–19 virus, the current economic recession and national protests has made many of us think deeper about whether …

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OCC cracks open a debt trapdoor

In the middle of a worldwide pandemic and national crisis, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has taken steps that could undermine the ability of states to protect their residents from the perils of high-cost loans.

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Study: Before COVID-19 and the protests, most of the nation was struggling, not booming

COVID-19 exposed deep economic and social fault lines nationwide. It also underscored what was already going on before it: While a small number of cities were booming, most were not. In a new report on gentrification and disinvestment, covering data from 2012 through 2017, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) found that gentrification of once …

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San Francisco most intensely gentrified city in new rankings

San Francisco was the most intensely gentrified city in America from 2013 to 2017, a new study found. It was followed by Denver, Boston, Miami and New Orleans. They had the largest share of their vulnerable neighborhoods that gentrified during that time period. The study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, is a follow-up to …

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We need the protests, and we need solutions

This is a painful moment for America, but especially and uniquely for African Americans who live with the threat of violence, injustice and police brutality every day, for communities where systemic racism undermines everything, and for a nation that has talked about these issues for too long and yet has been incapable of facing or correcting inequality that began with slavery.