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.
Today, the United States and its allies find themselves in the midst of one of the most profound periods of global transformation. The rise of Brazil, Russia, China, and India as regional players is reshaping social, economic, and political spheres of influence across the globe. The conflict in the Middle East and the rise of ISIS is spreading insecurity to Europe, North Africa, and beyond.
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.
As millions of families continue to struggle with the skyrocketing high cost of child care and pre-K in the United States, early education issues must be be elevated in the national debate for the betterment of kids, families, and the economy. In the two years since President Barack Obama announced a proposal to expand preschool, early childhood policy has gained momentum, translating into important additional federal investments and numerous state and local initiatives. Next week, the Center for American Progress will launch "Within Reach", a new campaign to continue this momentum and emphasize the need for affordable high-quality child care and early childhood education for American families.
This November marks the 25th anniversary of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The 1990 amendments ushered in a new era of protections from car pollution, toxic air pollutants, urban smog and acid rain. The amendments also established a national program to phase out and prevent release of chemicals that harm the stratospheric ozone layer. Not only were these changes sweeping, but they were also bipartisan. A Democratic-majority Congress passed the amendments, which were signed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.
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.
On November 10, the Center for American Progress will host a moderated conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and CAP President Neera Tanden. They will discuss a range of issues, including Iran, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and regional concerns, as well as ways to strengthen the partnership between Israel and the United States.
"We the People: The Market Basket Effect" traces the events that led 25,000 employees and 2 million customers across New England to stand behind embattled CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and wrest control of a multibillion dollar grocery empire from an activist board of directors led by Artie T.’s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas.
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?
Over the past four years, states were given more autonomy to design and implement systems to track whether their schools are providing a quality education for their students under the U.S. Department of Education’s No Child Left Behind waiver process.
Join the Center for American Progress and the Council of Chief State School Officers for a panel exploring how states are currently operating these accountability systems and discussing effective strategies for ensuring schools are serving all students well and promoting improvement.
In the years since 9/11, the United States has built effective tools to disrupt funding for Al Qaeda. More than a decade later, however, new threats have emerged in the Middle East that operate on different funding models. The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and similar groups that extract resources from the land and people they control challenges the existing policy framework that focuses on safeguarding the formal international financial system. Meanwhile, Iran continues to destabilize the region through direct support to proxy groups such as Hezbollah. Although key U.S. partners in the region have taken action to crack down on terror financing, others have yet to take the necessary steps to counter terrorist fundraising in their own borders.
American families face a growing retirement crisis. More than half of all working-age households are in danger of having to make severe and painful cuts to their standard of living as they grow old. Basically, American families need more and more money for retirement, while their savings have actually remained flat or even declined. People live longer and health care costs are rising faster than inflation. But, unstable jobs, uncertain financial markets and employers cutting back on offering retirement benefits for employees make it more difficult to save for retirement. No wonder then that the retirement crisis is getting worse.
Both NASA and private companies are putting in place many of the capabilities needed to send humans to Mars. But as the Center for American Progress noted last June at an event to honor astronaut Ed White’s historic spacewalk, the United States is building consensus on the future of its human spaceflight program—where we will go, how we will get there, and who will come with us. Slowly but surely, that consensus is emerging—with a focus on Mars as America’s horizon goal.