From inner cities to rural farmlands, children are returning to school to learn and grow—but for thousands of hungry children nationwide, learning is difficult or impossible. When Congress returns from its August recess, the House and Senate will debate the reauthorization of many of the country's most critical programs that provide meals and nutritional support to children—including school breakfasts and lunches, summer meals, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC.
The issue of abortion too often triggers polarizing debate that sheds no light on the real-life experiences of women. Politicians pass laws restricting access to abortion—more than 230 state laws in the past four years—while ignoring women’s experiences and views. More and more women are speaking openly about abortion, but their voices tend to be drowned out by the heated rhetoric of warring political factions.
Climate change is a global issue, and international leaders must work together to embrace meaningful climate action policies. How are cities at home and abroad engaging with their communities to respond to the impacts of climate change? How is the United States working with other countries to approach climate legislation?
More than a year ago last summer, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham grabbed the attention of the world when it seized Mosul in a lightning offensive. To halt further ISIS advances, American airpower began hitting its forces in the field, while the Obama administration assembled a coalition of more than 60 nations to degrade and defeat the terrorist army in Iraq and Syria.
Over the past several years, the United States and China have worked together to build constructive channels of collaboration. As two leading global powers, both nations have recognized the imperative to display true leadership in addressing common challenges, from joint efforts to tackle climate change to counterpiracy measures in the Gulf of Aden. Furthermore, as China is transforming from a regional power into a global one, it has dealt with similar security concerns as the United States: violent extremism, oil and energy issues, and trade security.
The Obama administration is working with communities to develop smart strategies and partnerships for building climate resilience. As part of his Climate Action Plan, President Barack Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience with governors, mayors, county officials, and tribal leaders from across the country.
Please join the Center for American Progress and the National League of Cities for a discussion about the progress made on the task force recommendations, new resilience initiatives, and the challenges and opportunities for equitable climate resilience funding and action.
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 crew members and setting off the largest oil spill in American history. For almost three months, oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, devastating the ecosystem and the surrounding communities. Five years later, the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill are still being felt.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion between author David Madland and Washington Post
columnist and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne about Hollowed Out
and its implications for America’s economy, democracy, and the middle class.
Just four years after Congress lifted the ban on LGBT immigrants entering the country, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno officially recognized that people persecuted on account of their sexual orientation could qualify for asylum in the United States. Since then, the U.S. government has taken steps to improve access to the asylum system for LGBT people fleeing persecution and—in his Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons—President Barack Obama affirmed the U.S. asylum and refugee program’s role in protecting vulnerable LGBT people and called on the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security to enhance their efforts to ensure that LGBT people have equal access to protection.
Turkey’s June 7th general election is shaping up to be the closest in a decade. A few percentage points either way could determine if the governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP, will secure another majority in parliament or be forced to form a coalition for the first time in its 13 years of rule. The vote will also decide if the mostly Kurdish People’s Democratic Party will be represented in Ankara, which could shape the fate of the government’s peace negotiations with Kurdish rebels and, in the worst case scenario, risk renewed fighting within this key U.S. ally.
Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a series of cases that could have a lasting impact on our Constitution and country. Three major cases that remain undecided will likely define the legacy of Chief Justice John Roberts’ tenure in what has been called the U.S. Supreme Court “term of the century.” The first, King v. Burwell, could gut the protections of the Affordable Care Act and send the health insurance marketplace into a death-spiral. Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. could threaten the protections of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and make fighting discrimination in housing—and possibly all civil rights cases—far more challenging. Finally, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the justices could provide crucial protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community by instituting marriage equality for all.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on what is at stake and what to expect in the final weeks of this critical Supreme Court term.
On June 3, 1965, Air Force Capt. Ed White became the first American to walk in space when he stepped out of his Gemini IV spacecraft. Fifty years later, America’s human spaceflight program sits on a fulcrum. The space shuttle has been retired, and the International Space Station has been occupied for almost 15 years. The United States and its international partners are developing capabilities that could take humans to Mars in the 2030s, while private companies are working on spacecraft to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS by 2017.
Jared Bernstein’s timely new book—The Reconnection Agenda—argues that while there are many uniquely positive attributes about the U.S. economy, something is fundamentally wrong: Economic growth can no longer be counted on to deliver broadly shared prosperity. The policy agenda put forth by those in power has either proven to be inadequate or has been blocked by gridlocked politics.
The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration, with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails. Mass incarceration and overcriminalization have particularly affected communities of color, which make up more than 60 percent of the population behind bars. And nationally, 70 million and 100 million—or one in three Americans—now have a criminal record, which can serve as a barrier to many of the basic building blocks of economic security and mobility, such as employment and housing. These trends have become major drivers of poverty; if not for mass incarceration and the criminal records that can haunt people for decades thereafter, our nation's poverty rate would have dropped by one-fifth between 1980 and 2004. Recent events in cities across the nation have highlighted the lack of opportunity, inequities, and challenges confronting many of our communities, raised serious questions about police practices, and helped fuel the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.
Please join the Center for American Progress and PICO National Network for a discussion of how we can begin to reverse the trend of overcriminalization of people of color and address its lasting consequences, including reforming policing practices and removing barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records.
Economic inequality. Work-family stress. Racism, sexism, and intolerance. Underserved or forgotten communities. How can faith and hope connect policies to people’s lives when situations seem bleak? What does using faith to work for justice and equality look like in 2015? What is the role of the faith community in pursuing concrete public policy solutions to respond to the everyday challenges facing families?