A highly skilled workforce is essential to a well-functioning economy. Skilled workers raise productivity, grow the American economy, and help maintain our global competitiveness. Skills training can also be a driver of economic mobility, helping workers increase their own wages and productivity. Both the public and private sectors can play a key role in helping raise the skills of America’s workforce, by developing and expanding access to high-quality training programs, such as apprenticeships, that lead to high-wage jobs.
The Long Game
debunks the conventional wisdom that President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is feckless, directionless, and weak, instead showing how the 44th president has redefined the purpose and exercise of American power for a new era. In this inside assessment of Obama’s foreign policy legacy, author Derek Chollet tackles the prevailing consensus to argue that Obama has profoundly altered the course of American foreign policy for the better and positioned the United States to lead in the future.
Over the past several months, national outrage around Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis has increased attention on the critical issue of childhood lead poisoning. Decades after ending the use of lead in paint and other sources, lead poisoning remains one of the nation’s most devastating health threats, affecting more than 535,000 children each year, particularly in low-income communities. Such exposure diminishes children’s reading and learning abilities and increases their likelihood of dropping out of school. Policies and resources that fight exposure to lead and ensure that families get the testing and support they need are necessary for children to live in safe and healthy homes. The Center for American Progress is pleased to present a discussion on addressing lead exposure in low-income communities with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, as well as a panel of experts who will discuss best practices for creating lead-free homes and provide insights on how leaders across sectors can work together to ensure that every child lives in an environment conducive to their success.
Please join the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a presentation by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Warren will detail the roots of the economic challenges facing America’s working families, such as rising fixed expenses and increasing debt loads. The senator will describe how public policy shifts made during the last several decades have created an economy that benefits wealthy individuals and large corporations but leaves working families struggling to build opportunities. She will then outline several steps that policymakers can take to help level the playing field and to rebuild a robust middle class.
The 2008 financial crisis—which brought on a devastating recession and painful recovery—was in large part a failure of shadow banking credit markets. These credit markets—also referred to as market-based finance—are large and sometimes ill-defined parts of the financial system that connect borrowers and savers and support real economy credit, similar to a classic bank. But instead of classic banks, with their underwriting practices and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation-insured deposits, credit markets extend credit through trading markets such as reposession, commercial paper, and securitizations; are supported by nonbank financial institutions such as asset managers, hedge funds, and insurance companies; and are evaluated by gatekeepers such as credit rating agencies.
Two-thirds of Americans will experience at least one year of unemployment—either themselves or through their head of household—during their working years. For the past 80 years, unemployment insurance, or UI, has provided critical protection for involuntarily unemployed workers and their families by replacing a share of lost wages while workers search for new jobs. UI also helps stabilize the economy during downturns by boosting the spending power of struggling families and creating demand in the economy. In 2009 alone, UI kept more than 5 million Americans out of poverty and saved more than 2 million jobs.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive conversation on criminal justice, featuring U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. These distinguished panelists will discuss new and existing programs and initiatives by each of their agencies that are aimed at addressing the importance of reentry—supporting the transition that formerly incarcerated individuals experience as they return to life in their communities upon release, and ensuring a second chance for people with criminal records and their families. The event will be moderated by Daryl Atkinson, a second chance fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice, with an introduction by Carmel Martin, Senior Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an exclusive discussion between Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla, Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary and point person for the Administration’s response to the crisis, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, and Simon Johnson, a leading economist and expert on Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis. The panel will discuss pros and cons of the PROMESA bill and how things will play out if Congress does not act before July 1.
Join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about the importance of K-12 computer science education for maintaining U.S. economic competitiveness, preparing students for the good jobs of the future, and expanding opportunities for underrepresented communities.
Join the Center for American Progress on June 21, 2016, to discuss potential U.S. policy responses that address these pressing issues. The event will draw upon current policy debates in the United States, as well as lessons learned from the November 2015 policy decision-making exercise, "Food Chain Reaction: A Global Food Security Game."
This month, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a decision in United States v. Texas, a case brought by Texas'and other states’ attorney generals that has stopped the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA, and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or expanded DACA—the executive actions announced by President Barack Obama in November 2014. The ongoing litigation has enjoined the actions and effectively put a hold on the millions of American families who are in limbo and at risk of separation. The case, which is being closely watched by immigrant Latino and Asian communities, will be decided against the backdrop of a highly charged presidential election, where immigration has emerged as a salient issue.
June 20th marks World Refugee Day, when millions of people around the world celebrate the strength, courage, and resilience of those among us who have been forced to flee their home countries to escape serious violations of human rights in search of safety and protection in another country. Given the ongoing crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere, the world’s refugee population continues to increase to levels not seen in recent history; according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are now nearly 60 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. The need to find a durable solution for resettlement is now greater than ever.
In the wake of the California primary, the 2016 election will look ahead to November and the key voting demographics that will play a major role in its outcome. This spring, the Center for American Progress and Latino Decisions conducted polling of black women and Latinas, aiming to gain a better understanding of key issues that members of these communities face each day and will press candidates for solutions to, including expanding beyond traditional civil rights and immigration policies. Challenges around economic security and equality are major priorities for black women and Latinas, as they are for many voters across the country.
This event will gather legal experts, consumer advocates, and others to explore how mandatory arbitration clauses harm the public, as well as the efforts that can be taken to restore access to justice.
Economic inequality has reached historic heights in recent decades as an off-kilter economy has concentrated the gains from economic growth in the hands of those at the top of the income ladder. Today, a staggering one in three Americans—more than 105 million people—live in poverty or are teetering on the economic brink with incomes of less than twice the poverty line.