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Fed Chair Janet Yellen Says Minorities Have Yet to Benefit from Economic Recovery

A year ago, the most important economic institution in the country held the position that there was nothing it could do about racial disparities. Today, according to the Wall Street Journal, there is “a rising recognition within the Fed that the racial gaps in the economy are becoming more pronounced and that there is a role for monetary policy to play in shrinking those gaps.”

Today — for the first time ever according to one Senator — the Chair of the Federal Reserve’s testimony included the unemployment numbers for Blacks and Latinx. The Chair did this because, according to her, the Fed wants a broad-based inclusive recovery that reaches everyone. This is a big, big change.

This change in Fed policy and practice would not have happened without the constant pressure from communities of color across the country demanding to be heard and demanding that the economic conditions of Black and Latinx be counted and no longer ignored. Most assumed that the Fed could never be changed, and the Black and Brown activists on the Fed Up campaign are proving that assumption wrong.

Oh, and Elizabeth Warren threatened Congressional reform from the left if the Fed didn’t appoint more Black and Brown folks quick.

Shout outs especially to TheSpacesProject who has shown up in force to Yellen’s testimony today and back in February, and Common Good Ohio, New York Communities for Change, and Make the Road New York, who made the long trek on short notice to be present and hold Yellen accountable. And to everyone that applied pressure throughout the year through meetings, actions, tours, workshops, and hearings. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO), Sunflower Community Action, Texas Organizing Project, Community Labor United, Action United, Action NC, Rise Up, Action Now Institute, MN Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). cc: Center for Popular Democracy.

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Read Sonia Sotomayor’s Atomic Bomb of a Dissent Slamming Police Misconduct, Racial Profiling,…

“As the Justice Department notes, many innocent people are subjected to the humiliations of these unconstitutional searches. The white defendant in this case shows that anyone’s dignity can be violated in this manner. But it is no secret that people of color are disproportionate victims of this type of scrutiny. See M. Alexander, The New Jim Crow 95–136 (2010). For generations, black and brown parents have given their children ‘the talk’— instructing them never to run down the street; always keep your hands where they can be seen; do not even think of talking back to a stranger—all out of fear of how an officer with a gun will react to them. See, e.g., W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903); J. Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963); T. Coates, Between the World and Me (2015).

“By legitimizing the conduct that produces this double consciousness, this case tells everyone, white and black, guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time. It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged.

“We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are ‘isolated.’ They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere. See L. Guinier & G. Torres, The Miner’s Canary 274–283 (2002). They are the ones who recognize that unlawful police stops corrode all our civil liberties and threaten all our lives. Until their voices matter too, our justice system will continue to be anything but.”–Sotomayor, Utah v. Strieff
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THE VICTIMS: Family, friends recount details of the lives of those killed in the Orlando attack

The killer in Orlando’s homophobia and desire to destroy a Latinx sanctuary took these lives. Here are photos of the victims and profiles in the words of the people who loved them.

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