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‘Balancing Act in America’s Playground’ and ‘Our Canyon Lands’

Please join the Center for American Progress and the D.C. Environmental Film Festival for a screening of the films "Balancing Act in America's Playground" and "Our Canyon Lands."

March 26, 2015, 6:30pm ET - 8:00pm ET

Expanding Access to Solar Energy for All American Households

In recent years, electricity generation from renewable resources has surged. Rooftop solar, in particular, is experiencing exponential growth. And it is not just wealthy households that are reaping the benefits of rooftop solar. Research shows that increasing numbers of middle-class households are adopting solar energy, while several states have implemented policies to ensure that low-income communities have access to solar power.

Faced with this competition, some electric utilities and fossil-fuel interests are mounting state-based campaigns to slow or stop the development of renewable energy. These groups argue that solar energy only benefits wealthier Americans at the expense of the poor—a claim that runs counter to the facts. All Americans should be able to choose cleaner energy alternatives, both to protect their interests as consumers and to respond to the threat of climate change.

This event will explore state and federal policy options to ensure equitable access to renewable energy, including initiatives the California State Legislature is pursuing that could serve as a national model.

March 25, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:00am ET

Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

Our nation's urban centers are the engines of the U.S. economy, and in recent years, more Americans are moving to these communities. Despite the growing popularity of living in urban areas, these communities face a number of ongoing challenges, from housing and transportation to education and workforce accessibility.

March 23, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

Rescheduled: Time to Deliver on Global Commitments to Women and Girls

2015 is a milestone year for the global women’s movement. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women marked the beginning of a new era of activism. With her historic remarks, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton helped galvanize a movement when she boldly declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

This International Women’s Day, The Center for American Progress and Vital Voices Global Partnership are convening leaders from around the world and here at home to consider the progress we have made since 1995, the unfinished business that remains, and the significant opportunity that 2015 holds.

With the current Millennium Development Goals set to expire, major multilateral agreements are expected this year. This makes 2015 an exceptional opportunity to place bold and concrete actions to empower women and girls front and center.

March 19, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:30am ET

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on ‘My Brother’s Keeper’: One Year Later

On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched "My Brother’s Keeper," an unprecedented initiative and a call to action to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. Since then, remarkable progress has been made as federal agencies, local elected officials, and philanthropic, corporate, and nonprofit leaders have come together to deploy effective strategies to expand opportunity and remove barriers. On Wednesday, March 18, the Center for American Progress will host Attorney General Eric Holder for what is likely to be one of his last public appearances as attorney general and a panel discussion with My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Chairman Broderick Johnson and community leaders from across the nation to discuss the progress of this initiative; the challenges and opportunities that remain; and the role all Americans can play to reduce disparities and expand opportunity in response to this initiative.

March 18, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

The oldest Christian communities in the world are disappearing in the lands where their faith was born and first took root—in the heart of the Middle East. The atrocities of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and the hardships presented by Syria's civil war have put Christians and other groups in increased danger. How can the United States support freedom, tolerance, and pluralism at such a difficult time in the Middle East?

March 12, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Crossing Over

“Crossing Over” documents the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.

March 11, 2015, 6:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET

An Economic Opportunity Agenda in the States

The economy is growing again, but too many low- and moderate-income families are not seeing any benefit. Instead, stagnant wages, rising costs, and unprecedented income inequality are only a few of the challenges that Americans face as they try to make ends meet in an economy that simply is not working for everyone.

March 6, 2015, 9:00am ET - 10:15am ET

POSTPONED: Time to Deliver on Global Commitments to Women and Girls

Due to inclement weather, this even has been postponed.

2015 is a milestone year for the global women’s movement. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women marked the beginning of a new era of activism. With her historic remarks, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton helped galvanize a movement when she boldly declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”

This International Women’s Day, The Center for American Progress and Vital Voices Global Partnership are convening leaders from around the world and here at home to consider the progress we have made since 1995, the unfinished business that remains, and the significant opportunity that 2015 holds.

With the current Millennium Development Goals set to expire, major multilateral agreements are expected this year. This makes 2015 an exceptional opportunity to place bold and concrete actions to empower women and girls front and center.

March 5, 2015, 10:30am ET - 12:00pm ET

States of Change

It is no secret that the increasing demographic changes that the nation is experiencing will have far-reaching policy implications at the national and local levels. The States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project—a groundbreaking collaboration between the Center for American Progress, or CAP; the American Enterprise Institute, or AEI; and demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution—is proud to present the results from the project’s first year during a public conference led by some of America’s leading political analysts. Project results that will be discussed include a trend analysis of 40 years of demographic change in the United States, looking both nationally and state by state, particularly as it has affected the pool of eligible voters, as well as projections of the racial composition of every state to the year 2060, both overall and by eligible voters

February 24, 2015, 9:15am ET - 2:45pm ET

Black Men Speak: Book Event with Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters

In recent months, there has been a resurgence of age-old conversations about how we view black men in America. The results are often discouraging. This month, CAP Senior Fellow Ben Jealous released a book, REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, that seeks to point the conversation in a more productive and positive direction.

REACH provides stories of black men who have built community—entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, philanthropists, and organizers who have dedicated their lives to reaching back and lifting up the next generation. From John Legend and Rev. Joseph Lowery to sneaker designers and ROTC instructors, REACH provides 40 models for what black men in America truly look like.

Copies of REACH will be available for purchase at the event.

February 20, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET

Balancing Interests and Values in Foreign Policy

The U.S.-Japan alliance is rooted in both shared interests and common values. While our shared interests drive us to work hand-in-hand shaping a rules-based international system, as two of the world’s leading democracies, we also believe in the importance of supporting human dignity and supporting democracy, the rule of law, free markets, and human rights worldwide.

February 19, 2015, 9:30am ET - 11:45am ET

The Future of Defense

The last year has been a turbulent one for national security. Russia's aggression in Ukraine, extremists from ISIS to Boko Haram upending nation states, widespread refugee crises, the collapse of Libya and Yemen, and pandemic disease have eroded the stability of the international order. Domestically, the fractious politics make tough choices on defense difficult, raising the risk of ongoing sequester and a misalignment of U.S. strategy with resources and investment.

February 18, 2015, 10:00am ET - 11:15am ET

American Leadership and Global Development

Every day, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is on the frontlines of extreme poverty and global conflict, seeking to encourage resilient, democratic societies. Its signature initiatives — including the US Global Development Lab, Feed the Future, and Power Africa — strive to serve as investments in America’s economic and national security.

February 12, 2015, 2:00pm ET - 3:30pm ET

Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance

Work family balance issues and labor protections – such as paid family leave, paid sick days, and flexibility arrangements – are often framed as issues that pertain primarily if not solely to women. Research, too, has focused on women and mothers’ wage penalties, confidence gaps, and mommy tracks. But work family balance issues are family issues, which affect men as well as women. Now, as most families face a reality where all parents must work, and as new norms around fatherhood, male caregiving, and equitable partnerships grow, more men than ever before report experiencing conflicts between their work and home lives.

Please join the Center for American Progress as a panel of experts discuss these issues and the research that has been done on men’s work family conflict, timed with the release of a new paper. Josh Earnest, a new father and the White House Press Secretary, will lead our event to speak about his own experiences.

February 4, 2015, 12:00pm ET - 1:30pm ET