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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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Marketplace Interviews Joint Center President on Congressional Staff Diversity

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Marketplace to discuss our efforts to increase congressional staff diversity. During the interview, Spencer emphasized the importance of feeder positions and why the Joint Center is focused on top staffers in the wake of infrastructure and data privacy issues. Listen to Spencer’s interview below. The full episode can be…

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Joint Center President Joins Tom Joyner Morning Show to Discuss Diversity on the Hill

Joint Center President Spencer Overton appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to discuss diversity on the Hill with Roland Martin. “It matters because these staffing positions make big decisions,” said Overton to Martin, referencing setting legislative agenda and the oversight of a $4 trillion budget as examples. Overton also shared that while Black people make up 12…

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In CNN Op-Ed, the Joint Center Presses Congress to Address Top Staff Diversity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2018 Contact: press@jointcenter.org In CNN Op-Ed, the Joint Center Presses Congress to Address Top Staff Diversity WASHINGTON – In a CNN op-ed, Spencer Overton, president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, highlighted the alarming lack of top staff diversity at the top level in the Washington offices of…

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Joint Center President Writes Washington Post Op-Ed on House Diversity Report

Joint Center President, Spencer Overton, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post calling on Congress to address the lack of racial diversity among top staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. The piece highlights troubling statistics concluded in our study, Racial Diversity Top U.S. House Staff: “An astounding 86 percent of the top decision-makers in…

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Joint Center Talks Future of Work on Comcast Newsmakers

Joint Center President Spencer Overton sat down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the future of technology and its role in society. According to a Joint Center study 31% of Latino workers and 27% of African American workers are concentrated in just 30 jobs at high risk to automation. Mayors of cities such as Detroit, Michigan,…

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