Media coverage and popular opinion about the U.S.-Mexico border focuses on the sensational: illegal immigration, drug trafficking, violent crime, and most recently, the spate of Central American children seeking refuge in the United States. Little attention is paid publicly to what is arguably a far more significant set of trends: the strengthening of the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship into one that is driving growth, job-creation, and human development on both sides of the border.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an event on the fight to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, and the effort to develop a capable and reliable partner in Syria to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime.
Seattle struck a giant blow against inequality this year when—after months of consensus building by business, labor, and community leaders —it put its minimum wage on course to hit $15 in 2019. This came only a few weeks after 41 Republicans in the U.S. Senate refused to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, a figure below its real 1968 value. What can Seattle’s minimum-wage victory teach other cities and Washington, D.C., about inequality, job growth, and the middle class?
The Center for American Progress will host Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D), who will deliver keynote remarks on how Seattle passed its $15 minimum wage and how it can serve as a blueprint for other cities trying tackle inequality while kick starting job growth. A panel discussion of experts will follow, focusing on how local minimum-wage increases strengthen the middle class and local economies.
Please join the Center for American Progress as we launch India: 2020, a new initiative focused on elevating the foreign policy debates in South Asia by looking at short and long-term policy priorities and analyzing ways to realize the full potential of the relationship.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at this launch. His speech will discuss the importance of the U.S.-India bilateral relationship to U.S. foreign policy and the opportunities for a strengthened partnership with India in the coming years.
India is proving to be an emerging powerhouse regionally and globally after decades of impressive economic growth and military modernization and with a new government in New Delhi, it is clearly time to chart new and ambitious course for the U.S. – India partnership. By launching India: 2020, the Center for American Progress will set the stage to help India and the United States and work towards enhancing peace and economic prosperity across Asia and moving global governance institutions beyond their current structures into the 21st century.
The debate over the Washington football team’s racist name and mascot has reached a fevered pitch in recent months. But too much of the debate has missed the point. It is not just about a name, a logo, a business, or a matter of intent. Racist and derogatory team names have a real and harmful impact on American Indian and Alaska Native, or AIAN, people every day, particularly young people. The Center for American Progress release a new report examining the research about the harmful impact of these representations on the self-esteem of AIAN youth, how they create a hostile learning environments in K-12 and postsecondary schools, and the decades-long movement to retire them. It will also propose new recommendations to local, state, and federal education agencies to transform learning environments that are hostile and unwelcoming to AIAN students and their families into ones that are supportive.
In The Second Amendment: A Biography, Michael Waldman lends a new perspective to the most controversial, volatile, and misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights. This new book traces the relatively benign beginnings of the Second Amendment, intended to calm public fear, through the radicalization of the National Rifle Association, or NRA, in the 1970s, when the group began to wage a fierce campaign to create a constitutional protection for gun ownership. Waldman follows developments in the Supreme Court to explain the modern context for the debate over guns, which has been characterized by intransigence at the state and federal levels in recent years.
A technological revolution is coming to transportation that will forever change both how we travel and how we pay for our travel. Nationwide, 117,000 active highway and public transportation projects and 700,000 workers rely on funding from the Highway Trust Fund. Yet, the U.S. Department of Transportation projects that the fund will run out of money in late July 2014. Since 2008, Congress has backfilled the fund with $54 billion in general tax revenues with another $170 billion needed in order to keep the fund solvent over the next 10 years. New vehicle technology platforms will allow states and the federal government to charge drivers for every mile they drive rather than how much fuel they consume. What does this new technology mean for privacy, roadway congestion, and safety? Will the federal government continue to play a central role in transportation infrastructure in the future?
The landmark Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. Just a year after the Civil Rights Act passed, Martin Luther King, Jr. famously remarked, “What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn't have enough money to buy a hamburger?” Activists have always understood the movement to be about social and economic justice. Yet, despite great progress, people of color still face disproportionately high rates of economic disadvantage.
Our nation needs to do far more to improve both the fairness and the productivity of public school dollars. In other words, we need to make sure that schools and districts both get enough money to serve their population of students and then spend those dollars wisely.
The United States and Japan are the two leading democratic economies in the world, and they share a close alliance that benefits both countries in areas extending from national security, trade, investment, finance, and science and technology to the arts, education, and culture. But the relationship has been evolving in new directions, especially since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s and recent changes in the security and economic environment in East Asia.
In the United States, conversations about the women's leadership gap tend to focus on what individual women can do to get ahead. In many other countries, however, the cause of women's advancement has become a matter of public policy. Does the United States have lessons to learn from abroad? How can we develop public policy solutions that would be effective and appropriate in an American legal and cultural context?
Please join us on Monday, June 30, for a conversation that will explore the potential for using public policy to help combat the women's leadership gap and how this might be accomplished in the United States.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a screening and discussion of "Spent: Looking for Change," a new film executive produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim—whose past work includes "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Waiting for Superman"—following the stories of everyday Americans who earn, save, and spend money, yet don’t have access to the same financial tools most Americans take for granted. Millions of Americans are disconnected from the mainstream financial system in one way or another, which can lead to higher fees, greater risk, and missed opportunities. This film brings the issue of financial access and affordability to the forefront. Following the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the issues raised in the film and potential solutions to building a financial system that works for all Americans.
The Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, are one of the most important reforms to American public education in decades. The standards will improve the quality of education by creating a roadmap for the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century. If implemented correctly, the new standards and aligned tests will make rote memorization, simplified curricula, and bubble tests things of the past.
In her new book, Place, Not Race
, Professor Sheryll Cashin argues that the declining influence of race-based affirmative action—the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent and only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race—is not entirely bad news since affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people.
Please join the Center for American Progress, Higher Heights, and the Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics for the release of the “Status of Black Women in American Politics” report, featuring a panel discussion on developing and implementing a long-term strategy to build, expand, and support a leadership pipeline at all levels for black women and proactively harnessing their political power to influence public policy and elections.