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Walmart's raises to $9 an hour in 2015 and then to $10 an hour in 2016 is a positive step forward, but it still falls short of giving workers the wages they need.
Advocates and policymakers are frequently asked how they plan to pay for progressive policy investments. This memo provides guidance on how to respond.
This Demos Explainer explores the tension between political support for deficit reduction versus job creation and economic security policies.
This Explainer explores how the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is used in measuring our economic growth and whether alternative measures are also needed to provide a more comprehensive outlook of economic progress.
The working class today is much more complex and diverse than the white, male, manufacturing archetype often evoked in popular narratives.
Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them separately. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined, as are our desired solutions to them. Wealthy elites exploit racial fears to turn working people against each other and government; economic pain increases racial resentment and facilitates scapegoating, fueling support for punitive measures against people of color.
While GDP has been steadily increasing, indicating a growing economy, other metrics of progress show a very different picture.
How and why two types of theft—wage theft and shoplifting—are treated so differently.
Most states have very far to go in making their selective public institutions representative, and thus truly public.
25 Federal Policies to Lift Up Working People
26 state policies for a race-forward, populist agenda to empower all Americans.
Now is the time for citizens, workers, employers, and policymakers to come together once again to rebuild pathways to the middle class, create good jobs with fair pay and decent benefits, and ensure that prosperity is broadly shared for the next generation.
Millions are working hard to move forward, or just to make ends meet, and getting nowhere. This policy agenda can change that reality.
How America’s Big-Box Retailers Turn Their Economic Power into Political Influence
African Americans remain disproportionately excluded from corporate and nonprofit board membership in New York City.
Extreme wage gaps within the fast food industry has made its sector the most unequal in the American economy
This report presents findings on the use of public transit by people of color and on the potential jobs benefits that people of color can gain from investments in public transit.
National online dial survey results from testing various race, class, and democracy narratives
For the last year, we—Demos, Anat Shenker-Osorio (ASO Communications) and Ian Haney López (author of Dog Whistle Politics), —have partnered in an ambitious multi-phase project to build an effective new narrative on race, class, and democracy. The central question we’ve explored is how to engage simultaneously around race and class in ways that strengthen social solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for progressive policy victories.
Once an institution accepts the premise that all people, regardless of their background, have the potential to thrive and contribute to the success of an organization, they can begin to recognize systemic disparities and gaps as flaws to be addressed.