Upcoming Events

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Ending the War on Marijuana

It is time to rethink the outdated marijuana policies that have contributed to mass incarceration. A new CAP poll shows nearly 70% of Americans support marijuana legalization. Cities and states are starting the change; it’s time for the rest of the country to catch up. Join Thinking CAP podcast hosts Igor Volsky and Michele Jawando for a discussion with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Weldon Angelos, who was sentenced to 55 years incarceration as a first time offender for marijuana sales due to harsh federal mandatory minimum sentences.

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Past Events

2017: The Year the Disability Community Reshaped Progressive Politics

Americans with disabilities have always been on the front lines of the fight for civil rights and progressive causes, from education and health care to employment, transportation, and other issues. In an age in which President Donald Trump and his conservative allies have operated a virtual whack-a-mole game rotating attacks on marginalized communities, much can be garnered in the way of promising practices, solidarity, and perseverance in the work of the disability rights movement. Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about what progressives can learn from the disability rights movement—and how it can strengthen the work of its sibling movements.

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Maintaining U.S. Engagement in Climate Finance

Watch the events at COP23 live! Including an event on the future of the U.S. role in international climate finance with former Vice President Al Gore, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), and an expert panel.

Bonn, Germany

Protecting the Youngest Americans: What’s at Stake for Infants and Toddlers in the Budget Fight

President Donald Trump and his conservative allies have proposed budgets that seek to deeply cut or eliminate many of the programs that cover millions of children’s most basic needs—all to provide tax cuts for the wealthy. While infants and toddlers are uniquely vulnerable to these proposed cuts, they have been largely left out of the budget conversation. Please join the Center for American Progress, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), and a panel of experts and parent advocates to discuss what is at stake for young children across the country if programs that invest in their healthy development are cut.

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Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

The phenomenon of low-income individuals being charged fines and fees – and thrown in jail if they can’t afford to pay – first drew serious national attention in Ferguson, Missouri, following the tragic death of Michael Brown in 2015. However, as lawyer Peter Edelman explores in his new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America, Ferguson was just the tip of the iceberg. In 43 states, people can be charged for exercising their constitutional right to a public defender. 44 states charge individuals for the costs of their own probation or parole. Join the Center for American Progress for a conversation with Peter Edelman about the many ways that being poor is a crime in America and how we can change that.

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The 2016 Election: One Year Out

President Donald Trump’s divisiveness has given rise to a new awakening of progressive policy and activism. More and more advocates, organizers, leaders, and other progressive voices are fighting to protect past progressive achievements. This event will explore the overarching political themes from the past year, noting how much the world has changed and how people have moved on issues they care about. The event will also feature the release of a major new report, “Voter Trends in 2016: The Final Verdict,” examining the most important demographic and voting patterns that shaped the 2016 election based on a comprehensive new data set constructed by the Center for American Progress.

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Religious Liberty in the Trump Era

Protected by the First Amendment, the freedom of religion is one of our most cherished constitutional rights and has allowed adherents of many religious traditions and nonbelievers alike to thrive in the United States. The Trump administration’s pattern of redefining religious liberty to allow people and corporations to opt out of the law by citing a religious objection hurts the LGBT community, religious minorities, women, and other vulnerable groups. Our panel will examine the impact of decisions to deviate from legal precedent and established religious liberty principles. Panelists will also explore ways in which advocates and faith communities are fighting to uphold true religious liberty, which respects pluralism and rejects discrimination.

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Beyond Sanctuary: How Colleges and Universities Can Support Their DACAmented and Undocumented Students

As a part of Defend Our Dreams, please join the Center for American Progress, Generation Progress, and college and university leaders to discuss potential policies and share actions that can be taken to support immigrant student populations, including students living in the United States without documentation and DACAmented student activists.

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Essential Services, Essential People: The Value of a Professional Government Workforce

Join the Center for American Progress, Paul Verkuil, author of Valuing Bureaucracy: The Case for Professional Government, and a distinguished panel as they discuss the importance of a professional government workforce and the best ways to make it as effective as possible.

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Fmr. FEMA Administrator on Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

Join the Center for American Progress, former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, and a panel of experts on the diverse aspects of extreme weather and the need for aid to flow to historically disadvantaged communities specifically in the aftermaths of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

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