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Different choices for thriving communities

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By Melody C. Barnes Mar 7, 2018 Photo: Jamie Street/Unsplash “They’re coming for us, next,” some long-time residents of north-side Richmond, Virginia, observed after witnessing development in other parts of the city. It’s a common narrative about the gentrification that residents fear will consume the places, customs, and people that define their neighborhood. Us versus […]

Innovative community colleges will strengthen the middle class

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By Eloy Ortiz Oakley Feb 28, 2018 There is a troubling divide in the world of work today that threatens our hopes of strengthening the middle class. Millions of Americans are marginalized because they are struggling to tread water at the workplace, stranded without the skills needed to succeed in a rapidly changing economy. I […]

Company is community

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By Jeni Britton Bauer Feb 21, 2018 Photo courtesy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Despite being born in New Jersey, and having spent my earliest years on a U.S. Army base in Germany, I am a Midwesterner to the core — raised in Peoria, Illinois, and Columbus, Ohio, surrounded by family who instilled in me an entrepreneurial spirit […]

American consumers need a champion

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By Terrell McSweeny Feb 14, 2018 The monopoly man is back. He is leading the vanguard of a new antitrust movement reminiscent of trust-busting during the Progressive Era or the anti-monopoly movement of the New Deal. A lot of ink (or bytes) has been spilled on America’s “monopoly moment” — how concentrated political and economic power are […]

The fight for civil rights is also about economic opportunity

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By Seema Nanda Feb 7, 2018 AP Photo/Jon Elswick We often compartmentalize the daunting challenges facing this country. One fight is about taxes. Another is about health care. A third is about the tension between corporations and workers. The truth is that all of these challenges are deeply intertwined. Providing health care to all is […]

Retail can help rebuild the middle class

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By Jim Sinegal Jan 31, 2018 Photo: Getty In any conversation about what makes a healthy middle class, the discussion generally centers on people affording a home, sending their children to college, accessing good health care, and saving for retirement. Unfortunately, the retail industry isn’t a model citizen in supporting these ideals. Many retail workers […]

An immigrant’s journey to the middle class

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By Muneer Baig Jan 24, 2018 Photo: Jenna Day/Unsplash Editor’s note: The Biden Forum is creating a conversation between the middle class and nationally recognized thinkers. As part of that vision, today we are posting an entry from an immigrant named Muneer Baig who gained success after years of struggle. Everyone in the middle class has their […]

Let’s rebuild the middle class by rebuilding our infrastructure

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By Ed Wytkind Jan 17, 2018 Vice President Joe Biden greets firefighters in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Thursday, March 11, 2009. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann. The middle class has been on a steady slide for decades. Signs of this slide are all around us: anemic wage growth, historic income inequality, chronic unemployment and underemployment […]