BONUS EPISODE: Sharing the Mic on Gun Violence Prevention

Ryan Deitsch, a student activist from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and Dejuan Patterson, executive director of the BeMore Group, sit down with Michele and Igor to discuss efforts they are both taking to prevent gun violence and how we can prioritize perspectives from young people of color in the conversation. Patterson shares his personal experience with gun violence in Baltimore, when after he was robbed and shot in the head, the police presumed he was the pe...

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RELEASE: New CAP Report Outlines Slate of Progressive Policies for State and Local Leaders

Washington, D.C. — A new report released today by the Center for American Progress outlines a slate of progressive policies for state and local elected leaders to pursue in order to help people secure good jobs and good wages and to support strong and healthy communities in which all people are treated fairly and equitably. CAP’s report is intended to serve as a starting point for states and localities looking for progressive ideas in 2018 and beyond. It builds on proposals already c...

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Bold Ideas for State Action

Introduction and summary

The past several decades have not been kind to America’s working families. Costs have skyrocketed while wages remain stagnant. Many of the jobs that have returned in the wake of the Great Recession have often offered lower wages and benefits, leaving Americans without college degrees particularly vulnerable. Fissures in the country are more apparent than ever, as access to opportunity is radically different between communities; the wealthiest ...

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RELEASE: The Devastating Impact of Gun Violence on America’s Youth

Washington, D.C. — Gun violence is a uniquely American epidemic, and it’s having a uniquely disproportionate impact on America’s youth. Today, the Center for American Progress and Generation Progress released a joint report detailing the intersectional crisis of youth gun violence in this country—particularly for youth of color. But young people are more than just victims of gun violence; they are among the leading voices calling for change to our nation’s weak gun laws and dead...

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America’s Youth Under Fire

Introduction and summary

On February 14, 2018, 14 students and three staff members were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by a single shooter armed with an assault rifle. This horrific massacre galvanized the nation’s attention to the issue of gun violence, particularly as it affects young people in this country. However, the scope of gun violence as it affects America’s youth is much vaster than this most recent mass shooting. Gun...

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The Intersection of Youth Activism and Faith-Based Values

At times, young activists have been accused of being apathetic to the world around them, but history shows that they have played an important role in efforts to achieve critical change through progressive social movements. Today, student activists—some of whom are motivated by their faith—continue to drive such movements. On March 24, 2018, more than one month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, students organized the March for Our Lives, a massive...

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RELEASE: The Cautionary Tale of Gun Violence in Iowa

Washington, D.C. — A report released today from the Center for American Progress and Progress Iowa offers new insights into the efforts to prevent gun violence in Iowa as well as how those efforts are falling short. Despite strong state gun laws and among the lowest gun death rates in the nation, Iowa has begun to slide in its gun violence prevention work as its leaders systematically weaken the state’s gun laws and threaten to undo much of the progress previously made on this issue.

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Gun Violence in Iowa

Introduction and summary

Iowa has become a cautionary tale in the effort to prevent gun violence in the United States. While the state has among the lowest gun death rates in the nation1—and has enacted one of the strongest gun laws that requires individuals to obtain a permit from state law enforcement prior to purchasing a handgun2—in recent years, leadership in the state Legislature has undertaken a concerted effort to weaken Iowa’s gun laws.

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The Kids Aren’t Alright

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More than 1 million people descended on the National Mall and cities across the country on Saturday for March for Our Lives, a movement led by high school students from Parkland, Florida, advocating for stricter gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting at their school six weeks ago.* Igor and guest host Chelsea Parsons, vice president of Gun Violence Prevention at CAP, were on the National Mall and spoke with a few of...

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Progressive Policy Wins in the Omnibus

Congress has enacted a sweeping omnibus bill that funds government programs and agencies for the current fiscal year. Like any massive, compromise legislation, it has both positive and negative aspects. On the negative side, the biggest disappointment is the failure to provide any protection for Dreamers—even while increasing funding for certain aspects of immigration enforcement. President Donald Trump created cruel and unnecessary uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and the...

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