STATEMENT: Secretary DeVos’ Move to Arm Teachers Is Out of Touch With the Needs of Students and Imperils Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Today, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) filed an emergency amendment to a government funding bill that would prevent federal education funding from being used to arm teachers. The move comes on the heels of a news report suggesting that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is considering issuing guidance that would allow funding currently used for efforts such as mental health programs for students to be used for arming teachers. Scott Sargrad, managing director o...

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RELEASE: CAP Analysis Highlights Stalking as Risk Factor for Future Gun Violence

Washington, D.C. — Today, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress examines the relationship between stalking and gun violence, highlighting a dangerous loophole through which individuals convicted of stalking remain free to buy and possess guns. While stalkers and domestic abusers convicted of felonies are prohibited from purchasing guns under federal law, new CAP data reveals that a worrying number of stalking cases are tried at the misdemeanor level, thus allowing thousands ...

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Stalking as a Risk Factor for Future Gun Violence

The emails started in late 2009 or early 2010 – she can’t remember exactly, because it was only a few months later that they grew disturbing and she started documenting things. At first, she felt bad for him [Jarrod Ramos], so she shared some personal information and offered advice.“But when it seemed to me that it was turning into something that gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, that he seems to think there’s some sort of relationship here that does...

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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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