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.
Multiple generations of women play an active role in our society today. All age groups agree on the need for more female leadership—and yet for women of different cohorts, the word “leadership” can mean very different things. The differences in language, context, cultural references, and sense of history can impede collaboration across generations on gender-equity issues.
How do we speak differently about our goals and aspirations? What is the role that our different places in history plays in how we understand ourselves as women in the workplace and in society? To what extent does being women bring us together or push us apart? How can we better communicate and collaborate? What can the rising generation of aspiring female leaders learn from those further along in their career trajectories – and visa versa?
Please join the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association at noon on May 12 for a panel discussion that will explore these questions from a multi-generational perspective.
Resilience is a concept that has appeared with growing urgency in the lexicon of governments, industry, and the public as climate change has brought sea-level rise, extreme weather events, drought, and flooding to increasingly populated communities. Nationally, these hazards have wrought damage to the tune of $227 billion over the past four years. As these cities and towns seek to maintain their social, economic, and ecological integrity, the science of resilience continues to evolve with the progression of data and innovation.
So how can municipalities manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable? Join the Center for American Progress and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for a discussion about how new data sources, innovation, and risk management combine to make communities stronger and healthier in the long term.
On April 22, please join the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, and the Israel Institute to take stock of where we are at this crucial stage in U.S.-Israel relations, featuring two expert panels. The first panel will discuss the management of U.S.-Israel relations, and the second will focus on the main issues under discussion between the two states.
America’s national parks, national forests, rivers, oceans, and protected public lands are a powerful engine for growth in the U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs across the country. Increasingly, communities are using outdoor amenities to draw entrepreneurs, recruit workers, attract visitors, and deliver an unmatched quality of life to their residents.
While local economies and business communities see open spaces and public lands as a competitive advantage, the economic benefits of America’s outdoors are not always measured in government analyses or accounted for in decision making. As a result, policymakers may be overlooking opportunities to spur job creation and growth in the outdoor economy.
The Center for American is pleased to host a conversation to highlight the growing importance of public lands and waters to recreation and non-recreation businesses. After remarks from our keynote speakers and a moderated Q&A session, a panel of experts will discuss steps the federal government can take to better account for and encourage the growth of the outdoor economy.
Few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States. As Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Ian Millhiser explains in his new book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, Supreme Court justices have shaped a nation where children could toil in coal mines, citizens could be forced into internment camps because of their race, and women could be sterilized against their wills by state law. The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, and the dead hand of the Confederacy. And the modern Court is not a vast improvement, with its incursions on voting rights and its willingness to place elections for sale.
Please join CAP for a conversation between Millhiser and Supreme Court journalist Jeffrey Toobin, as they discuss Injustices and its implications for how progressives should approach the judiciary.
Copies of Injustices will be available for purchase at the event.
A distinguished panel will discuss the findings of a new report, In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform, focused on the experiences of undocumented students navigating the stressful landscape of current immigration laws, uneven state and university policies, and few campus resources. The panel will present lessons learned from the experiences of students and a potential path forward amidst an uncertain political climate.