Economic Policy

The Joint Center’s economic policy program identifies challenges and opportunities for advancing the economic status of Black communities. See below for research, analysis, and activities related to economic policy.

Joint Center President Joins NCNW’s Webinar on the COVID-19 Crisis and the Black Community

On Thursday, April 9, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined NCNW’s webinar, Crisis & Communications Webinar THE PANDEMIC & THE COMMUNITY. During the discussion, panelists discussed the importance of transparency during the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring Black communities are “at the table” when Congress returns and begins to discuss legislation including accessible vote-by-mail and safe in-person…

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Joint Center President Spencer Overton Calls for the CDC to Disclose Data on COVID-19 Deaths By Race in Washington Post Op-Ed

Even though early data suggests the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Black communities particularly hard, the federal government is not providing nationwide data about COVID-19’s impact by race. In a Washington Post op-ed, Joint Center President Spencer Overton explains why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should disclose COVID-19 cases and deaths by race to contain the spread…

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April 6 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

At the Joint Center, we’re monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and policy as they affect Black communities, and we’re collaborating with civil rights groups, community organizations, and others to analyze, strategize, and engage. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week early data showed that COVID-19 has hit the health and economies…

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March 30 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

The Joint Center is working closely with several other Black organizations to ensure that the challenges facing Black communities are considered and adequately addressed in COVID-19 policy decisions. On March 26, the Joint Center convened several leading organizations that serve Black communities for an online policy discussion with CBC Chair Karen Bass (D-CA) on the…

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Joint Center Vice President Participates in 2020 Aspen Leadership Forum on Retirement Savings

From March 4-6, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton participated in a panel at the 2020 Aspen Leadership Forum on Retirement Savings. The invite-only convening brought together key stakeholders including “high-level leaders from industry, government, consumer advocacy, and academia” to discuss During the discussion, Jessica spoke about portable retirement savings and solutions for workers to maintain…

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Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton Joins Economic Policy Institute’s Black Workers Roundtable

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined Economic Policy Institute’s Black Workers roundtable to discuss policy priorities during the 2020 presidential race. Other panel speakers included Center for American Progress Senior Economist Gbenga Ajilore, The Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones, and NAACP Legal Defence and Education Fund, Inc. Senior Researcher…

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