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.
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.
There can be no solution to the world’s pressing energy and climate challenges without enhanced cooperation among Asia-Pacific nations. Collectively, these countries account for close to two-thirds of global energy demand and a similar share of greenhouse gas emissions—and their share of both is slated to grow steeply in the next two decades. At the same time, the impacts of climate change—including flooding, sea-level rise, and hurricanes—are already hitting the region hard, particularly in Southeast Asia, and these threats will only increase without concerted, coordinated action.
Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities
Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. Too often, however, national debates about the family have been limited to arguing the merits of married versus single parenthood, or “traditional” families versus “alternative” ones. An underlying assumption often seems to be that these are static forms into which children are born and remain until they leave home.
It is time to move beyond the simple binaries that tend to structure public debate in this area. Please join the Center for American Progress for an event to release a report that offers a new framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and policy recommendations that support stable and healthy relationships and economic security for all families.
In order to ensure the 21st century workforce has flexible and new paths to employment, it is time to reimagine the types of credentials that people earn. While the college bachelor’s degree will remain a mainstay of the U.S. economic engine, there are other types of credentials that can help workers learn skills that help them enter the workforce quickly or progress in their career. Some employers and institutions are using innovative curriculum designs to offer nanodegrees that give workers skills and the opportunity to earn a wage premium while not requiring them to be out of the workforce for a prolonged time. These credentials will allow workers and students to design a program of study that matches the modern economy.
The Center for American Progress will discuss innovative programs to reimagine the way that students earn postsecondary credentials. A recent CAP report examined stackable credentials that could dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete college by allowing them to move between education and work while amassing credentials that build upon each other. A panel will discuss these emerging approaches to program design.
One Strike and You’re Out: How to Remove Barriers to Economic Mobility for Americans with Criminal Records
Between 70 million and 100 million - or as many as one in three Americans - have some type of criminal record. Many have only minor offenses; some have only arrests without conviction. Yet having even a minor criminal history now carries lifelong barriers that can stand in the way of basic necessities such as employment and housing. This has broad implications—not only for the millions of individuals who are prevented from moving on with their lives and becoming productive citizens, but also for their families, communities, and the nation's economy.
Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about how mass incarceration and hyper-criminalization have become a major driver of poverty and inequality and what can be done to remove obstacles to economic security and mobility for people with criminal records. At this event, CAP will release a new report that explores how a criminal record serves as a barrier to employment, housing, public assistance, education and training, and more, as well as recommendations to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at making a decent living, providing for their families, and joining the middle class.