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2016 Summit precedes historic Census news; encouraging movement in Congress

Monique Rizer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

The 2016 Opportunity Summit was an important day for nearly 900 cross-sector leaders, policymakers, and youth from across the country helping address ...

Average Americans Just Got a Huge Income Boost

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics

It looks like Americans finally got a raise. The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released its annual report on income, poverty and health insurance. Eve...

A New Political Era: The 2016-2020 Realignment Is Underway

Mark Siegel | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Siegel

In 1928, despite Democrat Al Smith's loss to Republican Herbert Hoover, political scientists found critical changes in American electoral and demographic patterns that began the reversal of the three decade Republican lock on party identification.

An Absurdly Large Number Of Australians Say Their Religion Is The Force

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.01.2016 | Religion

The Force may be too strong in Australia. Since around 2001, some cheeky Australians have been listing Jedi or a variant as their religion in the cou...

Separate State And Racism

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Thomas Jefferson's proposed separation of church and state has been a founding stone for the United States of America's democracy. Article 6 of the Un...

What New Data Reveal About Gender and Race in a Creative Workforce

Lane Harwell | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Lane Harwell

This entry was coauthored by Leah Krauss, Senior Program Officer for Dance and Special Projects, Mertz Gilmore Foundation If you have been following ...

Latino Children Are Undercounted In The Nation's Census: Report

NBC Latino | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 04.27.2016 | Latino Voices

The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is Latino children but the communities they live in may not be getting all the federal money for pr...

Our 'Country Club,' Tis of Thee?

Kathay Feng | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Kathay Feng

Lately, Ed Blum's name has been everywhere. At least, when it comes to Supreme Court cases. Whether it is affirmative action, voting rights, or redistricting, Blum has been leading a well-funded effort to limit who has representation in our democracy.

Yes! Women Have Achieved Equality In At Least One Place

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business

Women have achieved equality with men when it comes to college degrees, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released on Tuesday. Now, the challenge i...

Are Donald Trump Supporters Merely "Unhyphenated Americans"?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 02.06.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

Donald Trump's campaign slogan has is "Make America Great Again." Perhaps this resonates with unhyphenated Americans who actively reject all non-American identities (even ancestral identities) and respond positively to his nativist, authoritarian rhetoric.

Answering the President's Technology Challenge

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.15.2016 | Technology
Jim Steyer

In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama challenged Congress and all of us to consider an important, fundamental question: How do we make technology work for us and not against us ?

How Tiny Congregations Survive And Thrive Despite The Odds

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion

Hope, by nature, is defiant, counterintuitive and lodged in surprising places. So a new report detailing the spiritual, demographic and financial chal...

Evenwel, Equal Representation Depends on Justice Kennedy

Kathay Feng | Posted 12.14.2015 | Los Angeles
Kathay Feng

Since the time of the Founding Fathers, people have debated who America's representative democracy should represent. It was a pretty radical idea for American colonists to advance the idea that those who were elected to our government should represent all of We the People.

What the Number of Veterans on Death Row Really Tells Us

Chris Marvin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Chris Marvin

The number of veterans on death row is disproportionate to their presence in the general population -- but the fact is that veterans are underrepresented on death row. That seemed more like it.

Mexico Takes Big Step In Finally Recognizing Afro-Latinos

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 12.11.2015 | Latino Voices

For the first time in Mexico's national history 1.38 million Afro-Mexicans are being recognized for their Afro-ancestry by the government. Mexico is ...

The American Nationalism Problem

Keith Gaddie | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.

The Encouraging Poverty News That Official Data Isn't Telling Us

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact

Poverty in the U.S. is not as bad as official stats make it out to be, according to a recent report that has optimistic conclusions about prevention p...

Ohio's Redistricting Victory

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Ohio ballot measure's victory is a big step in the right direction. It shows the citizens are in favor of fairness over partisanship. Hopefully, in a future election, a successful ballot measure will apply the same system to the U.S. House district lines as well (hopefully, this will happen before 2022).

Lifting California's Kids Out of Poverty

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Jim Steyer

Two recent reports make it clear we are flat out failing when it comes to lifting children out of poverty. We've got to do better, here in California and across the country - and we can.

This Supreme Court Case Could Upend The Way Democracy Works

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court this term could change how states meet the basic democratic goal of "one person, one vote." Ironically, a victory for ...

Issues Latinos Care About That Have Nothing To Do With Immigration

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Many Latino voters care very deeply about immigration reform, but immigration isn’t the only issue on their minds. In fact, when the Pew Research Ce...

Data On Canada Is Drying Up Since The Nation Scrapped Its Mandatory Long-Form Census

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.03.2015 | World

Five years ago, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made participation in Canada's constitutionally mandated long-form census voluntary. The conseq...

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever.

Michael McAuliff

Republican Co-Chair Of The R&D Caucus Only Likes Certain Research | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Culberson, the new Republican co-chair of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, doesn't necessarily value all res...