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?
“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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four years after the first protests ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt remains in the midst of unfinished political and economic transitions at a time of new security threats across the Middle East. As the most populous Arab country, Egypt is central to achieving stability and progress in the Middle East.
Declining growth, the effects of the financial crisis, and increasing inequality have placed substantial economic stress on middle-class families across the developed world, with poor policy choices exacerbating the impact. In a new report, the Inclusive Prosperity Commission, or IPC—a trans-Atlantic board convened by the Center for American Progress—promises to meet these challenges head-on by […]
Please join the Center for American Progress' Reel Progress film series and Senator Richard Durbin for an exclusive screening of Spare Parts
, a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez. With no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.
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.