As the Supreme Court term heads toward the halfway mark, a large number of high-stakes cases will produce long-lasting consequences for how “equal justice under law” is defined and achieved. Each case alone threatens big changes in the lives of everyday Americans. Together, they could result in a dramatic, conservative shift in the law and a significant expansion in the Court’s role—from increasing conservative political power; to further depriving women’s access to health care; to undermining workers’ rights and immigration rights; to eliminating diversity in higher education, this is a critical year for political, civil, and individual rights at the Supreme Court.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion on what is at stake at the Supreme Court this year and what we can expect in the coming months.
The severe and worsening inequality in the United States means that access to opportunity is often dependent on where a person lives. Yet due to a lack of available affordable housing and deeply rooted patterns of residential segregation, where people live depends in large part on their income, race, and ethnicity. Policies that promote residential mobility while also reinvesting in racially segregated and high-poverty neighborhoods are crucial for reducing inequality and promoting healthy communities.
Charter management organizations and traditional preparation programs alike are pursuing clinically based strategies to train and prepare prospective teachers for the classroom, often expanding the pool of teacher candidates in the process. This panel will explore innovations in clinical preparation from across the country. By highlighting these programs, we can arrive one step closer to ensuring that all teachers will have the tools necessary to lead their students to success. We hope you will join the Clayton Christensen Institute and the Center for American Progress for this discussion.
Nearly four decades of mass incarceration and overcriminalization have made the United States the world leader in incarceration and arrests, with some 70 million to 100 million Americans having some type of criminal record. Many have been convicted of only minor offenses, and many have arrests that never led to a conviction. Whether or not individuals have spent time behind bars, having a criminal record often carries a lifetime of consequences that last long after they have paid their debt to society. Having even a minor criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty by presenting obstacles to employment, housing, education and training, and more. These consequences have broad implications—not only for the many tens of millions of adults with criminal records but also for their children and families. Please join the Center for American Progress for a conversation about the obstacles parents with criminal records face, as well as the resulting consequences for children and families.
Student debt now tops $1.3 trillion in the United States and is greater than credit card and auto loan debt. Advocates, policymakers, and borrowers need a better understanding of the distribution of student loan debt in order to address the real challenges faced by borrowers and their communities. The Washington Center for Equitable Growth will present groundbreaking, interactive research that maps student debt concentration and distribution across income and geographies.
With Congress doing little to address the impact of student debt burdens on consumers and local economies, states are increasingly stepping up to the plate to look at consumer protections, support community colleges, and provide new options for borrowers who are stuck in loans with high interest rates. Given the magnitude of this debt, local leaders are taking action to address the problem.
U.S. and European policymakers are increasingly focused on food security—alongside the related challenges of climate change, environmental deterioration, and water management—as key concerns for development and global governance. The interplay of these trends has been visible in the upheavals across the Middle East, as riots over the prices of staple foods and water disputes have illuminated the region’s extreme food insecurity. As the effects of climate change affect harvests in the decades to come, it is reasonable to expect that the knock-on effects of these disruptions will be magnified.
“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” tells the story of the murder of Jordan Davis, the trials of his murderer, and the aftermath of yet another incident of racial bias and gun violence in America. It explores the dangerous impact of “stand your ground” laws and gives voice to the devastating effect of gun violence on families and communities across the United States.
Please join the Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress for a screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with the parents of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis.
The Millennial generation is shifting conventional wisdom on political engagement. While young people are more skeptical of institutions and less likely to identify with political parties, they are also more progressive then previous generations. What does this reality mean for political organizing as we know it? How do U.S. Millennials compare with their peers around the world? And how will they shape politics and policy in the decades to come?
Generation Progress, in partnership with Foundation for European Progressive Studies and AudienceNet, recently commissioned a groundbreaking new study called the Millennial Dialogue Project. This research on cultural norms, political engagement, and social change has now been conducted in over a dozen countries and will be presented by leading experts.
The upcoming celebrations of the centennial of America’s national park system in 2016 provide an opportunity to reflect on how to ensure that current and future generations remain connected with the parks and monuments that help define us as a people. How do we build a system of national parks and monuments that reflects the diversity of America’s history, people, and cultures? How can preserving these places help tell all of America’s story?