Job Corps: A Road Best Taken for Drop-out

The carpentry program at the Atterbury Job Corps Center put Josiah Hernandez on a new track. While in high school, Josiah Hernandez came to a difficult crossroads in his young life. Twenty credits short of graduation and struggling with academic and self discipline, he dropped out. Just a few months later, in search of direction, he found the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program. [...]

Corporate Media Really Has It Out for the Idea of Paying People a Decent Minimum Wage

Despite abundant empirical evidence that raising the minimum wage doesn’t lead to job loss, the idea that it does is an article of faith among right-wing economists, and all too often the media report their theological musings as fact. The latest example of such folly popped up in an article in the March 22 Financial Times, a paper that usually knows better than to publish [...]

More Planned Parenthood Clinics Equals Fewer Teen Births, STDs

As Republican lawmakers try everything they can to defund Planned Parenthood, a new study suggests that closing its clinics would have major health consequences for Americans. States with more Planned Parenthood clinics tend to have lower rates of teenage-mother births and sexually transmitted diseases, according to the study by Miranda Yaver, a lecturer in Yale University’s political science department. The report, titled “When Dual Incentives Become [...]

Economic, Political Fallout From North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ Continues One Year Later

HB-2 now defines North Carolina state politics. A year has passed since HB-2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Securities Act, passed both houses of North Carolina’s state legislature during a special session. The session was called due to a February 2016 Charlotte city ordinance, which prohibited discrimination by sexual orientation or gender identity in public spaces or in any passenger vehicles for hire. In [...]

3 Ways Businesses Can Help Struggling Nonprofits

By Joe Waters How would you like to be in PBS’ or Meals on Wheels’ shoes right now? These two organizations alone stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in funding if U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget passes. Many other nonprofits face funding cuts as well. Those not yet affected by cutbacks are scared they’ll be next. Earlier this month at Georgetown University’s New [...]

7 Companies Led By Refugees

by Mary Mazzoni on Friday, Mar 24th, 2017 Billionaire George Soros founded America’s most successful hedge fund and is now one of its most revered philanthropists. He is also a former refugee. In January, U.S. President Donald Trump introduced a set of travel restrictions that quickly caught attention around the world. The executive order restricted travel from seven majority-Muslim countries and temporarily halted America’s Syrian refugee program. [...]

ACTION ALERT: Your Voice Needed to Save National Service

We've asked you to take a lot of action already this year, but we're facing unprecedented threats: the potential elimination of national service, and huge funding cuts to public lands agencies and other important programs. Just this week the Trump Administration requested that Congress nearly eliminate the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and AmeriCorps in the rest of this fiscal year (FY17), and of course, full [...]

A Brief History of Activism That Has Made a Big Difference in Society

History is shaped through all kinds of activism. All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers When we reflect on the activists who changed the course of history, we often think of those who showed up and made their presence known: the Civil Rights activists who took to the streets, despite the very real threat of [...]

Trump Nullifies Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule For Federal Contractors

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman on Tuesday, Mar 28th, 2017 Policy & Government The pushback against social justice regulations passed under former U.S. President Barack Obama is in full force. This week incoming President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that essentially rolls back an Obama-era rule requiring companies to disclose labor law violations. It also prevented violating companies from receiving federal contracts. The Obama-era executive order, [...]