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The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

My Advice For Future Policymakers: See The Public's Success As Your Success

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The most important word in "public policy" is "public" -- the people affected by the choices of policymakers. But who are these people? And what do they care most about?

Let's turn #OrlandoStrong into #AmericaStrong (Don't just pray for Orlando, do something about it)

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Allison Berkowitz

I don't cry about the news. Mass murders, celebrity deaths, cholera in Haiti - I always take a moment to think about what a sad state the story reflec...

Got Science? The Best Way to Boost US Clean Energy (That You've Never Heard of)

Pamela Worth | Posted 06.09.2016 | Science
Pamela Worth

Federal action on wind and solar in the United States has been historically slow and inadequate. A disheartening number of U.S. lawmakers still won't even accept the urgent need to lower carbon emissions by accelerating our transition away from burning fossil fuels.

Reducing Harms of Harmless Pleasures: The Role of Civil Society

Katherine Pettus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

Nation states and drug cartels are not the only powerful institutional actors in the international community. Transnational civil society networks can also be powerful, which is why some member states discourage them.

Why The Next Five Years Will Determine Our Clean Energy Future

Tom Werner | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Tom Werner

It's critical that we now focus on the important steps that build on existing momentum and embrace new technologies and approaches that lay the groundwork for a clean energy future.

The Three Biggest Factors That Will Determine the Success or Failure of Solar Energy

Quora | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green

Are we going to see a bubble in the Clean Energy Space in the next 15 years? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compel...

Homelessness and Neoliberalism in LA: A Crisis of Values

Jonathan Russell | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Russell

In order to avoid simply remaking our "neoliberal bed," we will need to remake our values as we replenish the housing stock. If people of faith are willing to risk and speak out as prophets -- prophets with social service know-how -- they might be able to contribute to the construction of a more livable world, a world not as hard as the otherwise austere neoliberal bed.

7 Lessons on Leadership, Navigating One Mile of the Hudson

Mark Coleman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

Today, more than ever, we need constructive collaboration between stakeholders, and leaders who evoke inclusive decision-making, trust-building and mutual solutions.

6 Undeniable Facts About Cannabis (That Some People Are Still Denying)

Mark Kleiman | Posted 04.12.2016 | Crime
Mark Kleiman

Cannabis policy has a hard time shaking off its roots in the culture wars. Since the action around non-medical legalization action so far has largely been through voter initiatives rather than conventional legislation, the argument takes place mostly in sound-bites rather than policy memos.

Liberal Arts, Public Policy and Public Service: A Perfect Combination

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 04.06.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our students came away from the week telling us that they gained an expanded appreciation for why their liberal arts experience can help them play a role in shaping their communities, on behalf of their communities.

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.

"National Interest" Science: A Dangerous Contradiction

Sacha Kopp | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Sacha Kopp

Scientists at research institutions across the nation are committed to finding the truth wherever the facts may lead them. Wouldn't our policies be better informed by facts garnered through research?

The One Thing That Could Have Saved Flint

Liana Downey | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women
Liana Downey

Voters owe it to the citizens of Flint and kids everywhere to ask a different question this election cycle. Don't ask for less government -- instead, ask: how do we make sure government works for the citizens who need it the most?

Gaining New Ground: Solutions for Financing Long-Term Services & Supports

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.29.2016 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

By Debra Whitman and Jean Accius There is little dispute that the cost of long-term services and supports (LTSS) is daunting. The typical cost for ca...

Calling Sanders a "Socialist" Dismisses His Good Ideas

Cody Gough | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Cody Gough

The worst moment of the entire 2016 presidential campaign was when Bernie Sanders first uttered the phrase "democratic socialist." Why? Because since last summer, it seems like every online discussion regarding the election has involved slapping a label on an issue or policy and then spiralling into a fruitless debate about its precise application or meaning.

Race Is in the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The Moral Failure in Flint

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., that has finally hit our media front pages. The fact that most Americans realize this would never happen in affluent white Michigan suburbs (or any other white affluent communities in our country), still doesn't penetrate our very souls. This fundamental contrast between black and white experiences in Michigan, just north of my hometown of Detroit, points to the structural racism that is still the primary moral contradiction of American life.

Detroit's Public School Educators Lead Protests With Moral Authority On Their Side

Eli Day | Posted 01.25.2016 | Detroit
Eli Day

Issue framing ranks among the more powerful weapons of political theatre. That weapon--of how to present an issue in a way that's most advantageous fo...

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

Let's Talk About Love -- Seriously

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

If being hateful, or at least fearful, is core to our public discussion, then love should be, too. Every ying deserves its yang, especially one that works. After years of working on poverty and inequality, I know that love works.

The Day I Asked My Feminist Wife if Our Marriage Was an Egalitarian One

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
André Corrêa d'Almeida

When I began looking back over the myriad events involving gender equality -- victories and losses -- in 2015, I wondered how our relationship measured up under Sara's own feminist ideal.

The Minimum Wage and Our Tolerance for Economic Misery

Eli Day | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Eli Day

The body of American labor history is scarred by the ugly tradition of panning workers' demands for more humane treatment as deeply villainous. It's an old, lifeless tune, but one that's never had need for resurrection.

Detroit, Revitalization, and the Obliteration of History

Eli Day | Posted 11.11.2015 | Detroit
Eli Day

There's a revivalist lullaby being sung about Detroit--one that croons of a city lifting itself up and vanquishing the ghosts of its tortured history simply by looking past them.

Breaking News: Money Helps the Poor!

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Poverty is a fluid condition which millions of Americans experience from year to year. Many fall into it, many climb out of it; some persist in it. The idea that there's nothing we can do to put a real dent in poverty is as ridiculous as it is dangerous.

Four Things You Never Knew About the Governmental Public Health Workforce and Why You Should Care

Brian Castrucci | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Brian Castrucci

Today, governmental public health agencies face extraordinary challenges, from managing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to adapting to the advent of big data and availability of electronic health records. We need data to ensure that we have the public health workforce that we need.