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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT   It is one thing to advocate for equity and inclusion; it is another to turn the lens inward and commit oneself to live those values at the level of day-to-day practice. Over the last few years, the Racial Equity Transformation at Demos, spearheaded by the authors...
01/11/2019
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Student debt has skyrocketed over the past decade, quadrupling from just $240 billion in 2003 to more than $1 trillion today.1 If current borrowing patterns continue, student debt levels will reach $2 trillion in 2025.2 Average debt levels have risen rapidly as well: two-thirds (66 percent) of...
01/08/2019
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For our democracy to thrive, the freedom to vote must be fiercely protected for all citizens, regardless of class or privilege. The right to vote provides the foundation that makes all other rights possible. Yet, much work needs to be done to be sure our election system works for all Americans....
01/07/2019
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Today, taking out loans is the primary way individuals pay for college—a major shift in how our nation provides access to higher education. While concerns about the growth in college costs and student debt are nearly universal, much of this concern focuses on how college debt is impacting the...
01/07/2019
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Today, the typical young person aspiring to go to college in the United States faces a higher education system that is fundamentally different from what previous generations enjoyed. For generations, our system of colleges and universities, and the federal aid system undergirding it, were...
01/07/2019
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Protecting the freedom to vote for all eligible Americans is of fundamental importance in a democracy founded upon the consent of the governed. One of the most serious threats to the protection of that essential right is the increase in organized efforts, led by groups such as the Tea Party...
01/07/2019
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Foreword What if America truly had the world’s greatest democracy? Demos means “the people” of a nation, and it is the root word of democracy. Yet the diverse members of our extraordinary American Demos have never enjoyed equal access to the rights and freedoms of democracy. It has taken movements...
01/07/2019
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“We have to make college affordable for every American, because no hardworking student should be stuck in the red.” President Barack Obama, 2016 “One of the central problems of our outdated higher education system is that it has become increasingly unaffordable for those who stand to benefit...
01/07/2019
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An economic agenda that places both race and class at the forefront motivates working people of all races to engage in the civic life of their communities and our nation. Such an agenda embodies race-forward progressive values, advances the policies that will move those values into practice, and...
01/07/2019
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Introduction A movement for affordable college is sweeping the country. Today’s college students, an older and more racially and ethnically diverse cohort than those we often picture entering the campus gates, face increasingly high barriers to paying for and attaining a college education:...
01/07/2019
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