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Algernon Austin is a scholar with Demos, a progressive public policy think-tank based in New York City. Austin said the CBC’s budget would aid Blacks who are under or un-employed. “While the country’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, in many places, [for Blacks] it is double that of Whites,” Austin said.  Blacks have the lowest employment rate of any of the major racial-ethnic groups. The Black unemployment rate is higher today than in 2000 and then you had 500,000 more Blacks working than now.”

“The challenges for people in their 50s and 60s are intense,” said panelist Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and research at Demos, a public policy organization trying to reduce political and economic inequality, and author of Sleeping Giant: How America’s New Working Class Will Transform America. “There’s a lot of age discrimination in the workplace and the ability to combat that is at the lowest level since the Civil Rights Act.”

Consequently, many find themselves forced into taking gig economy jobs. But…

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Some, like Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank, say the rankings’ incentives push colleges to take steps that often come at the expense of educating a wider swath of qualified students.

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As researchers Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel explained for Vox, racial attitudes are a very strong predictor for beliefs about government spending.

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Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank, described the propensity of elite institutions to admit wealthy students or those with a familial connection as “the affirmative action we just don’t talk about.”

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And all this inequality in wages, both now and stretching far back into the past, helps create one of the most gaping racial divides of all: the wealth divide. The median wealth for a white two-parent household with children was $161,300 as of 2013 — 8.5 times as big as that of the median Hispanic household and 10 times as big as that of the median black household, as the left-leaning think tank Demos reported earlier this year.

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“The dog whistle metaphor suggests that the dogs — the intended audience — hear the message clearly. That’s wrong. The code is designed to hide the actual dynamics from the target audience itself,” Ian Haney-López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, told me.

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“If we care about getting more people to and through college, we can’t do it on the cheap,” said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank. “We’re not going to get the outcomes we want, unless we put in the public investment necessary to do so.” [...]

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[A] study by Demos, a progressive think tank which supports AVR, found that the population of voters who came onto the rolls automatically was less white than the population registered under the opt-in system.

Voting rights advocates fear that counties carrying out aggressive purges under legal duress will push officials to purge eligible voters.

"In a lot of these settlements, the push to remove people from the rolls may result in a lot of mistakes," Cameron Bell, an attorney for the liberal think tank Demos, said after fighting a lawsuit in Broward County, Florida. "That’s why Demos got involved, to make sure the parties weren’t reaching settlements that would lead to mistakes that would disenfranchise eligible voters."