For our democratic system of government to reflect the will of the people, our elections must include the voices of as many eligible voters as possible. Maintaining up-to-date registration rolls and ensuring that eligible persons remain on the rolls once they are registered are essential to a...
Issues of racial inequity are increasingly at the forefront of America’s public debate. In addition to urgent concerns about racial bias in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, activists highlight deeply connected issues of economic exclusion and inequality. No metric more...
Sanctuary, Safety and Community: Tools for Welcoming and Protecting Immigrants Through Local Democracy
Concerned about increasing threats to immigrant communities by several racially-fraught immigration policy positions advanced by the incoming federal administration,1 Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF are issuing this preliminary report on the ability of local communities to decide, based on their own...
Whose Voice, Whose Choice? The Distorting Influence of the Political Donor Class in Our Big-Money Elections
Over the last three decades, the Supreme Court has curtailed meaningful limits on political campaign spending and contributions. The alarming, but predictable, result is the rise of a small group of wealthy elites who make large political contributions with the goal of influencing election outcomes...
Santuarios, Seguridad y Comunidad: Herramientas para Acoger y Proteger a los Inmigrantes a Través de la Democracia Local
Debido a las preocupaciones acerca de las crecientes amenazas a las comunidades de inmigrantes respecto a varias posturas políticas migratorias de índole racial promovidas por la administración federal entrante,1 Demos y LatinoJustice PRLDEF presentan este informe preliminar sobre las decisiones...
Americans are working longer and harder than ever, yet in recent years the gains from economic growth have gone disproportionately to the very highest income earners.1 Working people are left out in the cold, denied their fair share of pay for the work they do. The nation’s most extreme example of...
The steep increase in college tuition and student debt over the past decade has led our country to engage in a serious debate about the need to reduce college costs and student borrowing. Yet many misconceptions remain about the scope or magnitude of the problem that student debt poses to our...
From the time a baby is born, American families are trapped between the need to provide care for their children and the necessity of earning income. The crisis of care is most acute when children are too young to be in school: we find that families with children under age 5 have significantly lower...
This report was produced in collaboration with Brian Schaffner, Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Jesse Rhodes, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Introduction Although Miami-Dade County is majority people of...
In 2013, total national healthcare spending reached a whopping $2.9 trillion dollars, slightly more than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of France.1 That amounts to $9,255 for every person in America, or 17.4 percent of total U.S. GDP.2 While the median income has...