In his latest book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
, former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich shows that the American economic system is unsustainable, offering explanations and solutions that bring into focus the close ties between economics and politics. The role of power and influence in economic policy has created a "new American oligarchy," which has led to the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years. As made clear in his book, there has been a shift in the so-called American free market that focuses on the interests of those with the money to shape the market to their benefit
Access to essential work-family supports such as paid family leave varies sharply by income level in the United States. Currently, the country’s highest earners are more than five times more likely than its lowest earners to have access to paid family and medical leave. This inequality of access both reinforces and reproduces inequalities of income, wealth, and life outcomes for successive generations. To level the playing field, families need policies that give everyone equal protection from the income shocks that too often are hand in hand with caregiving responsibilities. The nation needs policies that bring paid family leave to all.
Please join the Center for American Progress as we welcome Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, who will deliver remarks regarding exciting state and local paid leave initiatives. Sec. Perez's remarks will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by CAP Senior Fellow Judith Warner, about how policies such as paid family leave can and must be used as a vital tool in fighting income inequality.
The Center for American Progress is pleased to host a panel of faith-based advocates and experts for a conversation about the papal visit and its implications for politics, policies, advocacy, and action. Following the panel, Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) will give remarks on the opportunity that the pope’s teachings provide for conversations about the challenges of climate change and finding ways for everyone to cooperate in the care of creation. Please join the Center for American Progress for this enlightening and lively conversation.
Copies of John Gehring’s book, The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church, will be available for purchase at the event.
National service programs are a critical part of developing human capital, encouraging economic growth, and reducing inequality. National service programs can create an opportunity for people to overcome challenges and disadvantages and acquire critical workforce skills and experience. As Congress debates the budget, it’s important that cuts to national service programs are rejected. Instead, new investments should be made as part of a smart workforce development and economic growth strategy.
Progressives and conservatives can agree that one of the central challenges facing the United States is the need to increase economic mobility. The Center for American Progress will host Harvard University economist Richard B. Freeman and former U.S. Treasury Secretary, currently Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard, Lawrence H. Summers for a discussion on the role of unions in the economy and society.
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.