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Now Hiring: Workforce Policy Director

The Joint Center is seeking a Workforce Policy Director. The Joint Center’s growing program on the Future of Black Workers develops and disseminates data and solutions to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities for Black workers. The Director will lead the Joint Center’s program on the Future of Black Workers to provide leadership on the national…

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Joint Center News: October 2020

This is our regular monthly newsletter, which reviews the Joint Center’s work over the past month. Economic Studies Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester’s (D-DE) panel at the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference on how COVID-19 affects the future of work for African Americans. Other panelists included Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative Executive…

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October 27 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

More Stimulus Unlikely Before Election Last week, despite optimistic tones expressed by the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the prospect of getting a new round of coronavirus relief passed before Election Day was deemed unlikely.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked to secure votes for the $500 billion GOP package that…

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October 14 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Due to the holiday weekend, the Joint Center is releasing an abbreviated roundup on COVID-19 and Black communities. We will resume our more robust roundup next week. Senate Republicans Reject $1.8 Trillion White House Stimulus Proposal Last week, the White House’s $1.8 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, continuing the months-long stalemate over…

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Joint Center News: September 2020

This is our regular monthly newsletter, which reviews the Joint Center’s work over the past month. Economic Studies Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined The Atlantic Festival for Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work, a panel produced by AARP. Spencer spoke about how digital technologies transform work including the increased use of autonomous robots, the significance…

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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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Joint Center News: August 2020

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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July 20 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Senate Democrats Introduce a $350 Billion Stimulus Bill With the expanded $600 per week federal unemployment benefit set to expire at the end of this month and the White House open to compromise on the issue, Democrats and Republicans return to Washington this week and continue to debate over whether and how to extend jobless…

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Joint Center Mourns the Loss of Congressman John R. Lewis

The Joint Center released the following statement from Spencer Overton, the President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies on the passing of Congressman John R. Lewis: “I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Congressman John Lewis, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, as well as…

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July 13 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Still No Decisions on Coronavirus Relief Extensions Division remains on the size of the next stimulus package, with Democrats calling for at least double the $1 trillion limit proposed by the Trump Administration. Democrats—led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—are resisting calls from the GOP to protect businesses from lawsuits that may be filed by…

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