Friday, March 12, 2010

12 Mar 2010: Today's Democracy Now!

Study: Median Wealth for Single Black Women: $100, Single Hispanic Women: $120, Single White Women: $41,000
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development released a report on the gender wealth gap to mark International Women’s Day. The report found nearly half of all single black and Hispanic women have zero or negative wealth, meaning their debts exceed all of their assets. The median wealth for single black women is only $100; for single Hispanic women, $120. This compares to just over $41,000 for single white women. We speak with the chief author of the report, Mariko Lin Chang and C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network. [includes rush transcript]

Part II: Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”
Part II of our interview with legal scholar, civil rights advocate and author Michelle Alexander. Her book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, the racial caste system it set up was not eradicated. It’s simply been redesigned, and now racial control functions through the criminal justice system. [includes rush transcript]

Judge Instructs Fed Agencies to Resume ACORN Funding
A federal judge has reaffirmed her earlier ruling blocking the congressional effort to defund the anti-poverty group ACORN. On Wednesday, Judge Nina Gershon cemented a decision from last year that such action amounted to an unconstitutional “bill of attainder.” Judge Gershon has asked all federal agencies to allow ACORN funding without delay. We speak with National Housing Institute president John Atlas, author of Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group. [includes rush transcript]

Headlines

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Reid Informs GOP of Healthcare Reconciliation Plans
House Dems Shun Anti-Abortion Provisions
Dodd to Unveil Regulatory Overhaul Without GOP
Senate Panel OKs Weakened Drug Sentencing Proposal
Second NOLA Officer Pleads Guilty in Bridge Shooting Cover-up
Mississippi School Cancels Prom over Lesbian Student


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