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ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery

ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery

ColorLines follows communities making ends meet in the Great Recession. The program narrates the moving story of Tisha, mother of three in Connecticut, facing a social safety net shredded further by the crisis.

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This half-hour magazine-style show is hosted by Chris Rabb, author of forthcoming book Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity. Join the conversation on Twitter @ColorLines.





Construction WorkersPresident Obama says the stimulus saved or created two million jobs in 2009. But is the recovery really working? The American dream of good jobs and strong communities is still just a dream for too many. The unfair economy hurts certain groups more, and that ends up hurting everyone. From the bottom line to the unemployment line to the color line, watch a new in-depth program from Link TV and Applied Research Center (ARC) for a closer look: ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery.


ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery follows communities making ends meet in the Great Recession. The program narrates the moving story of Tisha, mother of three in Connecticut, facing a social safety net shredded further by the crisis. Then the program goes to Los Angeles where community-based organization SCOPE has mobilized to win green jobs for communities of color. Learn more on ARC's ColorLines page.





Major Funding for this Program Provided by the Akonadi Foundation.

ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery
RaceWire: ColorLines' Blog on Race and Politics
State of the Union 

State of Whose Union?: Obama and Race at One Year
Commentators Chris Rabb and Lola Adesioye met with ARC's Tammy Johnson following the president's State of the Union.

Racial Report Card 

Facing Race: Washington's 2009 Racial Justice Report Card
On MLK Day, Washington CAN! partnered with more than 20 other orgs to release the first Racial Justice Report Card in Washington state.

When they all happen to be Arab or Muslim... 

When They All Just Happen to Be Arab, South Asian, or Muslim

A New York Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would make racial profiling legal in terror investigations.

Is Racism Dead? 

Is Racism Dead?

Dom Apollon of the Applied Research Center takes on the pundits who declare post-racialism in the wake of the 2008 elections.


Medical Racial Profiling
Sujatha Jesudason of Generations Ahead pushes back against bad science that ties racial genetics to certain health issues.

Building Alliances 

Building Alliances
ARC's Tammy Johnson and Asian Pacific American Legal Center's Karin Wang speak on the need for alliance-building between racial justice and LGBTQ advocacy groups.

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Race and the Economy
Race and Recession 

Race and the Recession: A Hidden Life Sentence
ARC's Seth Wessler talks with Vincent, a Detroit native who finds himself unemployable because of a prison sentence he served 25 years ago.

Green Economy 

A Green Economy is for Everyone
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is calling for stimulus money towards green-collar jobs initiatives to strengthen vulnerable communities, & create sustainable industries.


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The Language of Race

“Merit”: Word Hijacks the Conversation Around Racial Disparities

Todays WORD! is: "Merit". Do those who don't excel in life (incidentally often people of color and the poor) get what they deserve?

Tammy Johnson 

Breaking the Code
ARC's Tammy Johnson discusses her dismay with President Obama's use of racially coded language in his speech to the Congress.

Lydon Johnson 

President Lyndon Johnson - Speech on Voting Rights

Watch this historical speech about race, civil rights and the freedom to vote by Lyndon Johnson.

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Obama with Congress



Green Equity Toolkit: Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy

The Green Equity Toolkit highlights green equity success stories and practical steps for how labor and community organizers can advocate for equity and inclusion in the green economy. Don't let the green wave pass over your community!


Download the toolkit.




Read the Report!

Applied Research Center

Race and Recession is a report that tells the stories of people of color who are disproportionately affected by the recession.

The report, conducted by Applied Research Center in Oakland, California, was released on May 18, 2009 and uncovers root causes of long-term racial inequities that fed into the economic crisis. It proposes structural solutions to change a system that threatens future generations.


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