Questions on Market Power & Discrimination for Tech CEOs Testifying Before Congress

On July 29, the CEOs of four major tech companies—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google/Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to discuss the market power of online platforms. Of the subcommittee’s 13 Members, four belong to the Congressional Black Caucus (including subcommittee Vice Chair Joe…

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June 23 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Republicans’ Police Reform Bill Hangs on a “Poison Pill” Led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senate Republicans unveiled their police reform proposal last week. The bill focuses on data collection, training, and officer misconduct and transparency. It follows a bill by House Democrats in response to weeks of protests and calls for reforms in the…

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Joint Center Vice President Discusses COVID-19’s Impact on Black Communities on the ‘Sustaining Capitalism’ Podcast

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined The Committee for Economic Development and The Conference Board’s podcast, Sustaining Capitalism, to discuss COVID-19’s impact on Black communities. On the podcast, Jessica talked about the concern for an increase in Black unemployment and the pre-existing conditions that caused COVID-19 to disproportionately impact Black communities in a negative…

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Joint Center Vice President Quoted in The Center for Public Integrity’s Analysis on George Floyd, COVID-19, and ‘Inequality Stealing Black Lives’

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton was quoted in The Center for Public Integrity’s analysis on the murder of George Floyd, the coronavirus, and “inequality stealing Black lives.” “What’s happened with Floyd, and in the history of the U.S., is about whether Black folks can execute power over what their lives are going to look…

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Joint Center Vice President Speaks to TIME Magazine About The Significant Barriers Black Businesses Are Facing During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton spoke to TIME Magazine about how Black businesses are facing significant barriers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.e Several Black businesses weren’t able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program—an issue the Joint Center focused on in our online briefing on Black businesses, access to capital, and future stimulus proposals.…

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Joint Center President Discusses ‘Health, Wealth & Longevity’ for African Americans Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic at AARP Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference

On June 3, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the panel, Health, Wealth & Longevity: Is There Room For All?, at AARP’s Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference. The discussion centered on the “unique challenges in achieving healthy longevity” especially when considering equitability and the recent challenges that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the conversation aimed…

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Joint Center Vice President Joins JPMorgan Chase Institute Panel on ‘How COVID-19 Could Widen Racial Gaps’

On June 3, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined JPMorgan Chase Institute’s panel on “How COVID-19 Could Widen Racial Gaps.” Specifically, the panelists were tasked with discussing “the economic impact of COVID-19 on minority communities, targeted financial support for families, and what can be done to promote inclusive recovery.” JPMorgan Chase Institute’s President &…

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The Impact of the HEROES Act on Black Communities

Last Friday, U.S. House Democrats passed a $3 trillion bill to address economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic—the HEROES Act. Economic Support for Individuals:  African American unemployment more than doubled in April alone (from 6.7% in March to 16.7% in April), and the HEROES Act attempts to provide economic relief to families. The bill extends…

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Joint Center Vice President Joins Webinar Conversation on ‘Surviving COVID-19’s Economic Impact While Black’

On Wednesday, May 13, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined other leading Black economists to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact on Black communities. Other panelists include Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones and Howard University Professor in the Department of Economics and Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO…

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