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.
On November 20, 2014, the president announced a series of executive actions designed to improve our broken immigration system consistent with existing law. The most prominent actions involved the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and the creation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, or DAPA. Together with the original DACA initiative, these two efforts could extend temporary protection from deportation and work authorization to 5 million unauthorized immigrants.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a panel discussion with key leaders and analysts on where we are with DACA and DAPA one year after the announcement. We’ll discuss the positive impact of the 2012 DACA policy, the state of play with regard to the lawsuit blocking implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA, and why implementation of these policies is urgently needed for our society and economy. We’ll also discuss a new report that identifies the potential electoral impact of U.S. citizen family members of DAPA-eligible people, or DAPA-affected voters.
“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.
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.
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?
In 2009, Missouri State Sen. Jeff Smith lied to the federal government about seemingly minor campaign misconduct and found himself serving a year and a day in Kentucky’s Manchester Federal Correctional Institution.Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the story of his time in federal prison—the people he met, the things he learned, and the perspective he gained on the nation's broken criminal justice system while on the inside of the prison-industrial complex. Smith offers concrete solutions to end the nation’s decades-long failed experiment with mass incarceration and to facilitate successful rehabilitation for the millions of Americans living behind bars.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of diversity on the bench and obstacles that judges of color face in judicial elections.
The panel will include discussion of a report from CAP's Legal Progress that examines the success rates of all incumbent justices running for reelection since 2000. White incumbents had a 90 percent reelection rate, compared to 80 percent for black justices. Latino justices had a mere 66 percent reelection rate. These disparities raise alarming questions about how judicial elections impact diversity on the bench. In many states, diverse justices were appointed to the bench, only to lose their seat in the next election. The report advocates reforms that could help foster diversity on the bench, such as public financing for judicial campaigns and programs that would expand the pipeline of diverse lawyers who could become judges.