When some 200 New York City fast food workers walked off their jobs in November 2012 to demand a $15 minimum wage and a union, no one could have predicted that the one-day strike would spark a national movement. But when workers won a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac, Washington, in 2013, and then soon after in Seattle, the movement seemed to capture the public imagination. Less than four years since it began, the Fight for $15 movement has not only united low-wage workers across the country in a call for better wages and a voice on the job, but also pushed policymakers across the country to raise state and local minimum wage laws.
Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the 21st century. Mankind is re-engineering the planet, investing up to $10 trillion per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.
Prescription drug prices are too high and rising fast. In 2014, retail prescription drug spending increased more than 12 percent, driving up the overall rate of health care-cost growth. With about half of all Americans—and 90 percent of seniors—taking a prescription drug in any given month, this growing crisis is not sustainable. For months now, public opinion polls have shown that consumers, regardless of their political affiliations, are demanding reforms that lower drug prices. Although medications help millions of patients every year, not all drugs offer the same value. Too often, patients and insurers pay exorbitant prices for their medications, even for products that are no more effective than the cheaper options. In September, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a set of integrated reforms that challenged lawmakers and public officials to make halting the rising cost of prescription drugs and paying for medications' value a priority for the year ahead.
Please join us for this workshop and dialogue with Midwestern city and community leaders as well as federal policy makers on successful strategies to improve social equity and climate change resilience in low-income communities. The event will feature remarks by White House Council on Environmental Quality Managing Director Christie Goldfuss and city sustainability and resilience leaders from Ann Arbor, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Toledo, Ohio.
Upholding the core principle of equal pay for equal work stands at the heart of the nation’s commitment to equality and fairness. Yet women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. There are actionable steps that can be taken in order to strengthen existing protections, improve workplace practices, and move closer to closing the stubbornly persistent wage gap.
Despite the best efforts of presidents of both parties, the United States has yet to broker a comprehensive, two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. However difficult diplomatic progress may be, there are steps the United States and its allies can take to keep the window for a two-state solution alive. By encouraging economic progress in the Palestinian territories, the United States and its allies can improve the day-to-day lives of average Palestinians and strengthen the foundation for an eventual Palestinian state.
“Dream On” is a documentary that retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville across the United States, examining the current state of the American dream. Political comedian John Fugelsang leads this tour, capturing the stories of a diverse group of people trapped in poverty: senior citizens who have lost their pensions, fast-food workers campaigning for a living wage, and unauthorized immigrants fighting deportation.
unleashed powerful special-interest groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money. Join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a panel discussion with policymakers and experts as they examine how an executive order could be a valuable first step in increasing transparency and accountability, as well as other solutions to fight the improper influence of money and increase political participation by returning the government to the American people.
Millennial workers entering the labor market today face far more challenges than their parents and grandparents did. Companies, focused on short-term gains rather than long-term investments, are far less likely to invest in their workers by providing good wages and opportunities to advance. And too often, workers do not have sufficient bargaining power to improve their work conditions.
It is time for a new conversation. Amid large-scale economic transformation, it is vital to ensure all Americans benefit from the wave of digital revolutions that have permeated modern life. While these changes have brought many benefits, there are too many Americans who don't know where to find opportunity in this new networked era. We need a path to a hopeful future.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel on the current challenges and opportunities facing unauthorized and DACAmented students at the K-12 level, as well as the innovative ways in which teachers and schools have helped these students succeed. Roberto G. Gonzales’s new book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, tells the story of the two million unauthorized youth living in the U.S.
Join U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx as he outlines the history of transportation decision-making and its role in shaping society. He will lay out core principles for future inclusive design that will help ensure that transportation projects will work to connect—and reconnect—communities to opportunities and the American dream.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) will deliver a major address at the Center for American Progress Action Fund on how years of vitriolic Republican rhetoric—and their refusal to engage thoughtfully in any policy area—led to the rise of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Sen. Reid will also lay out how progressives should respond to Republicans’ platform of hate.
Watch live as Canada 2020 and the Center for American Progress host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a conversation about progressive leadership.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, please join the Center for American Progress for a public event that will focus on how the United States and other developed countries can implement Sustainable Development Goal 5, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” While many recent analyses highlight the potential benefits of women’s economic empowerment—including greater economic growth and improved health and education outcomes for future generations—substantial legal, cultural, and social barriers remain. Following remarks from Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, CAP will host a high-level panel discussion, which will include 2015 Vital Voices Global Partnership awardee Akanksha Hazari.