Please join the Center for American Progress on Wednesday, December 4 for remarks delivered by President Barack Obama. The President’s comments will focus on his plan to grow the economy and the middle class. This event is full and closed to new RSVPs. Please view the live stream above.
On the eve of her upcoming trip to China, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will appear at the Center for American Progress to discuss the importance of U.S.-China cooperation on the environment and climate pollution. Administrator McCarthy will also highlight recent progress on the president’s Climate Action Plan and steps the United States is taking to reduce carbon pollution and drive sustainable U.S. economic growth.
The Department of Homeland Security detains, on average, 34,000 people each day in immigration detention facilities. These facilities are treacherous environments for LGBT immigrants who are vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Reports of abuse from attorneys and complaints against Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed through Freedom of Information Act requests paint a picture of the dangers LGBT immigrants face in ICE custody. In response to these problems, ICE has taken numerous steps to address the particular needs and vulnerabilities of LGBT immigrants, but more reforms are needed.
Show Embed Code Widespread discriminatory and unethical lending was a major contributor to the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the subsequent loss of more than four million homes to foreclosure. In this forum, our panelists will explore the current state of housing discrimination, segregation, and integration in the United States. Topics to […]
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster over the past two and a half years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of three years.
Over the last 30 years, economic inequality in the United States has returned to levels last seen in the 1920s. Today, the United States is in the top quarter of the world’s most unequal countries. Economic mobility—a child’s likelihood to occupy a different position on the income ladder than their parents did—has fallen well behind Canada, Britain, and other advanced economies. Inequality has worsened over the course of the economic recovery, with economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty finding that the top 1 percent of earners took home 95 percent of all income gains since the recession ended in 2009.
Economists have documented these changes extensively, but we need to know more about the effects, if any, of rising economic inequality on America’s overall economic growth. If, as some research suggests, worsening inequality erodes our economy's ability to function efficiently and at full potential, we are faced with a second question: What are the best ways to promote more equitable economic growth?
Show Embed Code Millions of Americans struggle with their finances—and financial insecurity can in turn make it more difficult to get and keep a job. What role can employers play to help their workers better manage their money and plan for the future? Please join the discussion hosted by the Center for American Progress […]
All too often, issues of gender disparity and LGBT inequality are discussed separately from one another, as if they are mutually exclusive. Yet research suggests that the gender bias that thwarts women’s progress also underlies discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. At the final event in the fall Progressivism on Tap series, we […]
Giving students access to highly effective teachers is a major key to improving their achievement, and finding ways to extend the reach of the nation’s best educators could be among the remedies to lagging student learning. Through innovative strategies using technology, staff restructuring, and a rethinking of how funds are allocated, the federal government could help link the most effective teachers with many more students.
The basic skill level of American adults is incredibly important for our ability to grow and maintain a strong middle class. In an economy that increasingly relies on technology we must invest in policies that promote and strengthen the skills of our citizens so that they can continue to drive American economic growth.
A discussion with Nick Bromell, professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of The Time is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of U.S. Democracy. In his new book, Professor Nick Bromell brings to light an underappreciated stream of democratic thought by black writers and activists from David Walker to Malcolm X. […]
Government has a real opportunity to invest in innovation in the social sector. In tight fiscal times, all levels of government are seeking more innovative approaches to delivering better services and getting better outcomes. The field of social impact investing has emerged as a way to forge public-private partnerships in pursuit of shared social goals in areas like housing, clean energy, and—most recently—preventive social services. These new tools enable the resources of the private sector to partner with government to address some of our most pressing social problems.
Every morning Joshua DuBois sent his boss, President Barack Obama, a devotional email to provide encouragement, inspiration and wisdom. DuBois, then director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, became an informal spiritual advisor to the President through these daily devotionals. In remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last spring, Obama said that the devotionals “meant the world to me.”
Our second session in the new season of Progressivism on Tap will feature a discussion with New Republic Senior Editor Noam Scheiber, author of The Escape Artists, perhaps the best book on how the Obama administration dealt with the economic crisis. Scheiber has also written a series of very informative and astute articles for The […]
More and more voters are being subjected to attack ads that accuse judicial candidates of being “soft on crime.” The ads typically focus on a judge’s ruling in a case involving a heinous crime, and they suggest that voters are not safe with the judge on the bench. These ads create political pressure on judges to rule in favor of the state in criminal cases. A new Center for American Progress report concludes that the recent explosion in judicial campaign cash, which funds these attack ads, has led state supreme courts to rule more often against criminal defendants