This past Tuesday, President Obama spoke in Las Vegas regarding his plan for immigration reform. The president’s proposal is comprised of four parts. First, he plans to continue to strengthen our borders. Second, he aims to end the illegal process of employers hiring undocumented workers. The third component of his plan is to have a plausible process for the 11 million undocumented workers to gain citizenship. Lastly, President Obama seeks to encourage legal immigration amongst foreign entrepreneurs and graduate students to increase innovation developed in the United States.
The legendary Robin Hood patrolled Sherwood Forest with a band of merry men, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. This past September, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) hoped that a band of merry men and women in Congress would pass H.R. 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act. The approach proposed by the bill, known as a Robin Hood Tax or, more technically, a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), does not steal from the rich, but it does seek to fund the poor.
The first argument cited above was written by a single mother who believes that her choice to raise her children on her own gave them "grit." The second argument was made by a man raised by a single mother. He sees himself and his success as more the exception than the rule.
Tuesday marked the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that hat held restrictive state regulation of abortion to be unconstitutional. As this issue has been brought into the forefront this week especially, here is a round-up of opinions from experts on the issue who share their views on protecting, improving and sustaining reproductive rights.
According to the National Association of Realtors' Housing Affordability Index, 2012 was a record year for housing affordability. The release of their results led to articles with titles such as "Housing Today Is More Affordable Than At Any Time In History" on an investment blog and "2012 a banner year for housing affordability, industry group says" in a major national newspaper.
By harnessing social media, “our ambassadors are able to be more effective diplomats,” says Victoria Esser, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy at the U.S. State Department. I had the opportunity to sit down with Mrs. Esser at the Social Good Summit in NYC, a three-day conference where global leaders and technological innovators come together to “unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.” Check out this Cool Convo to hear more about the ROI of social media at the State Department and to find out how you can use social media for social good today.
Today and again in two weeks all eyes will be on Beyonce Knowles as she performs at the inauguration and Super Bowl. As someone who has music from every solo album Beyonce has ever recorded, I can say that I have been a long time fan. So I never thought I would be giving people -- especially children and communities of color -- this piece of advice: do not listen to Beyonce.
As President Obama enters his second-term, over 46 million Americans are living in poverty. With a campaign dedicated to rejuvenating the economy and his administration’s recent focus on the “fiscal cliff”, some are worried that the president is overlooking poverty. Here is what experts are saying about the issue of poverty in 2013:
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Kezia Williams, Founder of Capital Cause
Kezia Williams serves as Chair of Capital Cause, a DC-based fiscally-sponsored nonprofit dedicated to engaging young philanthropists in giving. Her work with this organization has included growing the organization from five vested members to over 5,000 young professionals influenced by the message of young philanthropy.Read more
Written by U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel
I am pleased that the President's FY14 Budget addresses the student loan crisis in our country. From leading the world into the age of democracy to spearheading the technological revolution, America has always been at the forefront of greatness.