Five years ago, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, or CARD Act, of 2009. This law established new consumer protections for credit cards and gift cards and limited credit card marketing on college campuses. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about the CARD Act’s accomplishments and steps that policymakers should take to address regulatory gaps that consumers face in the financial system today.
This event will examine role of for-profit colleges in our higher-education system and discuss public policies aimed at promoting quality.
A child’s zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in impacts her educational, health, and economic outcomes. From urban centers to rural and tribal communities, areas of concentrated poverty face inferior housing, failing schools, crime, and few employment opportunities. Earlier this year, […]
Schools across the country are significantly lengthening the school day to address the achievement and opportunity gaps. These schools, also known as expanded learning time schools, reimagine the school day to include more time for student academics, enrichment, and teacher collaboration, professional development, and planning. High-quality expanded learning time schools are thoughtful about their approach to lengthening the school day. These schools avoid the mistake of shaving off a few minutes at random and view a longer day as a way to turnaround low-performing schools. And in many instances, these schools also enlist the support of strong community partners, a critical part of many high-quality expanded learning time schools.
The Center for American Progress is releasing a new report entitled “Climate Change, Migration, and Nontraditional Security Threats in China,” which outlines the complex environmental, economic, and demographic challenges facing China as it pursues sustainable economic development and increased regional responsibilities.
This nation is undergoing rapid demographic changes with increasing racial and ethnic diversity sweeping across the land. As the impacts of these transformational changes are recognized, policymakers are confronted with opportunities and challenges in crafting public policies that benefit all Americans. The Center for American Progress’s Leadership Institute seeks to shape the development and implementation of progressive public policies by increasing the ranks of policy experts drawn from communities of color.
The First Amendment right to free speech sits at the core of American democracy. It guarantees that all Americans can speak openly about their government free from the concern that their voices will be silenced and confident that even the most unpopular views will not be suppressed.
However, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the First Amendment has become something else entirely: a shield for billionaires seeking to place their favorite candidates in office; a weapon against laws protecting the privacy of consumers; and a potential tool to undermine workers' right to organize and collectively bargain. The amendment ratified to give every American a voice in our society has instead been wielded to magnify the power of the most fortunate.
The recent end of the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act saw over 8 million Americans sign up for private coverage through the state and federal marketplaces. Though the federal marketplace on Healthcare.gov was initially dysfunctional, a rescue effort succeeded in repairing the website and enabling millions of people to enroll. In the states, the rollout of the marketplaces varied widely. While some state exchanges continue to struggle with technical difficulties, others proved enormously successful from day one.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and people living with HIV (PLWH), especially those of color, are significantly overrepresented in all aspects of the penal system, from policing, to adjudication, to incarceration. Yet their experiences are often overlooked, and justice continues to be elusive and conditional for these populations due to a range of unequal laws and policies that dehumanize, victimize, and criminalize them because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
Underwater Dreams, narrated by Michael Peña, chronicles the epic story of four teenage boys from the desert who built an underwater robot from Home Depot parts, and went up against engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. This is how it transpired. Two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school into a sophisticated underwater competition sponsored by NASA, among others. Only four boys, all undocumented, signed up for the team. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe. And some duct tape.
Jane Bussmann, British comedy writer of South Park, has cooked up trouble with shows and advocacy around the world since the day she first came face-to-face with the Lord's Resistance Army and a certain peacemaker John Prendergast. She has had audiences in stitches all over the world from Uganda to Sydney, Australia.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a special live performance of the first-ever comedy sketch to be performed inside the U.K. Parliament. The performance will be followed by a conversation on the issues with Bussmann and Prendergast.
On April 28, New York Times reporter Anand Giridharadas joins the Center for American Progress for a conversation about his new book, The True American. In his book, Giridharadas tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreamed of immigrating to America and working in technology. Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter. It follows them as they rebuild shattered lives—one striving on Death Row to become a better man, the other to heal and pull himself up from the lowest rung on the ladder of an unfamiliar country. Bhuiyan publicly forgave Stroman, in the name of his Muslim religion and its notion of mercy, and waged a legal and public-relations campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty.
In his new film "Noah," Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky examines the important link between faith and environmentalism. This link, while not new, is becoming more visible as the threat of climate change becomes more and more apparent. In fact, faith communities are becoming an ever-louder voice for environmental stewardship and responsible treatment of natural resources.
By 2043, the majority of the United States is projected to be comprised of people of color, with the rapid growth of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, or AAPIs, counting as an important contributor to that story.
Yet, there is a significant gap in what we know about these communities. For example, few are aware that Asian Americans have the highest proportion of immigrants of any racial group in the United States and that more immigrants now come from Asia than from any other region in the world. These facts have important implications. Part of the gap in what we know about AAPI communities is due to the lack of centralized and accessible data across outcomes—until now.
Please join the Center for American Progress as we launch a new report series, "The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," which examines myriad social and economic indicators and makes recommendations for improving data collection for AAPIs. This series is co-authored with AAPI Data
, a project of the University of California, Riverside, and seeks to make data on these communities more accessible and easier to understand.
Please join the Economic Policy Institute and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for a presentation by Thomas Piketty of the findings in his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Piketty examines data from more than twenty countries spanning in some cases as far back as the 18th century to assess the dynamics of income and wealth distribution, with a particular focus on the role of capital ownership as a driver of long-run trends in income inequality. He argues that when the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of economic growth, as it has for most of history, then rising income inequality becomes inevitable. He says that if this rising inequality is allowed to continue unchecked, the results could be deep political and social disruption.
While Piketty notes that inequality has different dimensions across countries, he concludes with a recommendation: significantly increase the progressivity of both income and wealth taxation. Given the extraordinarily globalized market for capital, he further argues that the reach of such taxes must be global as well.
Piketty's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, with Josh Bivens, Research and Policy Director of the Economic Policy Institute and Betsey Stevenson, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, serving as discussants.
Copies of Capital in the Twenty-First Century will be available for purchase at the event.