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The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.

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Joint Center President Discusses Systemic Inequality and the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Affect on Black Communities at the Black IDEA Summit

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Kingdom Fellowship AME Church’s Black IDEA Summit to discuss how systemic inequality that has plagued Black communities throughout history, and have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Spencer spoke about how during the pandemic, many Black workers lost their job and face economic insecurity or were deemed…

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September 23 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

McConnell’s Prioritization of Justice Ginsburg’s Replacement Over Coronavirus Relief Draws Criticism With the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassing 200,000, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s focus on replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg despite failing to pass a stimulus bill has drawn significant criticism. He has faced protests outside his Kentucky home and…

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Joint Center President Joins AARP’s Panel on ‘Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work’ at The Atlantic Festival

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined AARP’s panel, Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work, at the virtual Atlantic Festival. During the discussion, Spencer spoke about digital technologies that are transforming work, increased utilization of autonomous robots, and the significance of digital skills and remote work especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other panelists included…

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Joint Center to FCC: Don’t Facilitate Online Disinformation & Discrimination

Yesterday, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies submitted its analysis opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to prod the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that would discourage platforms like Twitter and Facebook from removing objectionable material—like disinformation that suppresses Black votes or facilitates housing or employment discrimination. In May—just two days after Twitter flagged a…

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September 15 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Coronavirus Stimulus Remains Deadlocked Last week, Congress remained stymied in its efforts to deliver another round of coronavirus relief, as Senate Democrats blocked a $500 billion GOP proposal. The Republican plan—which includes a weekly federal unemployment benefit supplement of $300 (half of the earlier benefit) and additional Paycheck Protection Plan funding—is viewed as insufficient to…

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September 10 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Controversy Brews over Evictions Moratorium Last week, in the wake of the July expiration of both the $600 federal unemployment benefit and a federal eviction moratorium and following an executive order from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a four-month moratorium on evictions to prevent the displacement of 43 million residential…

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September 1 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Speaker Pelosi Rejects White House Stimulus Offer as Insufficient Last week, efforts to reach agreement on a new round of coronavirus relief measures stymied, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected a $1.3 trillion bill offered by the White House. After a conversation with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Speaker Pelosi explained that…

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Joint Center News, August 2020: Senate Staff Diversity, Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Communities & More

This is our regular monthly newsletter, which reviews the Joint Center’s work over the past month. Economic Studies The Joint Center released Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Communities, which urges Congress and the Administration to pass a stimulus package that addresses the pandemic’s disproportionate harm to Black communities. Federal policymakers must agree to a stimulus…

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