For the final session of Progressivism on Tap for summer 2013, Gara LaMarche, the former president and CEO of Atlantic Philanthropies, discussed his recent lecture, which explored whether large philanthropic institutions’ self-interested actions can sway politics or policy in a way that undermines democratic process and progress. He began by explaining that he did not […]
Please join the Center for American Progress and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
on Wednesday, June 19, for a discussion about “middle-out” economics. The event will mark the release of Democracy
’s new summer issue and its feature symposium, "The Middle-Out Moment." Michael Tomasky will moderate a conversation with three contributors to the symposium: Neera Tanden, Bruce Bartlett, and Eric Liu.
Our nation is in the midst of two great demographic shifts. The largest generation of Americans – the Baby Boomers – is reaching retirement age and will leave the workforce en masse within the next two decades. The retirement of the Baby Boom generation will create millions of replacement job openings, even as economic growth creates the need for additional workers to fill newly created jobs. At the same time, our nation is becoming more demographically diverse. Immigrants and their children make up a growing share of the population that will be entering their prime working years over the next two decades. With large numbers of jobs coming open in every sector of the economy and at all skill levels, immigrants and their children will play a vital role in reshaping the workforce, filling essential jobs, and sustaining economic growth.
The recent emergence of teacher-voice organizations presents a new avenue for teachers to have their voices heard in education policy conversations. These grassroots organizations focus on a wide range of policy issues and have popped up at a time when new policy initiatives, from teacher evaluation reform to the implementation of the common core state standards, are directly impacting the work of teachers.
American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer journeys through the lives of several everyday Americans over the past three decades. From every corner of the country, their intimate stories are interwoven with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents.
The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams; its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, and its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Please join us for a discussion with author George Packer on his new book.
The Unwinding will be available for purchase at the event.
Our second session in the new season of Progressivism on Tap will feature a discussion with New Republic reporter Alec MacGillis, author of the recent article "This Is How the NRA Ends". MacGillis believes we are witnessing the emergence of a "bigger, richer, meaner gun control movement", which could very well be a turning point in the politics of gun control. We will explore the implications of this change for the future of gun control legislation as well as, more broadly, for the role of social issues in fueling the rising progressive coalition.
In Doing the Best I Can
, Kathy Edin and Tim Nelson paint a vivid picture of urban fatherhood in the 21st century. Moving past two-dimensional stereotypes about “deadbeat dads” who don’t care about their kids, the ethnographers tell a more nuanced story about low-income fathers that has implications for policies such as child-support enforcement. The program is at the center of calls for reform that include regularly incorporating visitation into child-support orders, improving customer service, and improving system approaches to fathers with employment barriers that affect their ability to pay support.
The stakes are high—increased income for single-mother families, social supports for dads, and improved father-child relationships.
This panel will discuss the realities of low-income families and the potential child-support reforms that could improve their outcomes.
Please join the Center of American Progress and the Inter-American Dialogue for an event featuring President Ollanta Humala of Peru. On the eve of his Oval Office meeting with President Obama, President Humala will discuss Peru's growing global engagement and its connection to his work to advance economic and social inclusion in Peru.
Please join us for an intriguing discussion about the intersection of culture, race, and economics shaping America’s political future.
Due to unforseen circumstances, this screening has been postponed.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Bridegroom is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.
How can we reform our housing-finance system so that all Americans can access safe, affordable housing? How can we meet the credit needs of historically underserved populations and geographies? What role does the secondary market—which buys mortgages, packages them into securities, and sells them to investors—play in attaining these goals?
Please join our distinguished speaker and panel for a provocative discussion of these questions. In addition, this event will feature the release of a white paper addressing these questions and related topics that is being presented by CAP, the National Council of La Raza, and a broad range of housing, civil rights, and consumer groups.
America’s workers spend almost half of their waking adult lives at work. In return, the basic American bargain is that those who work hard can get ahead—no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they look like. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers, however, this bargain is broken.
Fifty years ago, when Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, unmarried women in more than half of the United States weren't allowed access to contraception. Married women in some states couldn't sit on juries, get a job without their husband’s permission, or keep control of their property and earnings.
That world is now a distant memory. And yet the revolution in women’s lives that Friedan’s controversial book helped launch remains woefully incomplete. Individual women have made great strides professionally, and some have made it to the very top of their chosen professions. But for the vast majority, the larger scope of Friedan’s dream—that our society might evolve in ways that would permit women to reach their “full human potential” at work and at home—remains unrealized.
Please join us on May 23 when Gail Collins and Anna Quindlen-authors of the introduction and afterword to the 50th anniversary edition of The Feminine Mystique-will visit the Center for American Progress. They will speak with CAP Senior Fellow Judith Warner about the unfinished business of the women's movement and discuss Betty Friedan's critical and much-contended legacy.
Copies of The Feminine Mystique: 50th Anniversary Edition will be available for purchase at the event.
While the United States has advanced in remarkable ways over its turbulent history, deep-rooted challenges involving its communities of color still remain. Whether it is health care access, immigration, criminal justice, gender equality, economic opportunity, or education, the development and implementation of progressive public policy that affects communities of color has become vital to our national interest. The county’s rapidly increasing racial and ethnic diversity has only made these challenges all the more necessary to address.
Please join the Center for American Progress and its Leadership Institute as we discuss why diverse voices must lead efforts to legitimize and create sustainable public policy related to communities of color. Our keynote speakers, Sen. William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA) and Laura Murphy, Washington Legislative Office Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will address how the nation’s leaders must understand the complexity of policymaking in a diverse nation. Additionally, a panel of the CAP Leadership Institute Fellows will address how they are preparing themselves to grapple with these critical issues while avoiding the past traps that marginalized the unique perspectives of people living in the communities that public policies affect.
On Election Day 2010, Oklahoma voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution that banned the recognition of Islamic religious law and customs, known as Sharia, by state courts. After the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the amendment on the grounds that it was discriminatory, proponents pushing the proposal in other states removed references to Islam and refocused the legislation to ban foreign law. Over the last two years, lawmakers in 32 states have introduced and debated bills outlawing religious, foreign, or international law. Six states have passed such bans, and five more are poised to pass similar measures this and next year.
The Brennan Center for Justice and the Center for American Progress invite you to join a conversation examining the roots of this movement and the unintended consequences of foreign law bans. Experts will discuss how the current wave of foreign law bans upends the carefully calibrated methods that American courts use to decide whether to apply foreign law, as well as the legal uncertainties these bans could create for families, businesses, and people of all faiths.