Social Issues & Demographics

Why Make A Man Out of You? | The Weekly Wonk

  • By
  • Jenny Lu Mallamo,
  • New America Foundation
May 8, 2014 |
"I'll make a man out of you,” from the 1998 Disney film, Mulan, features Captain Shang – muscular and masculine – disparaging his rag-tag band of soldiers for not embodying the physical or mental “manly” virtues needed to win the war. “Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?” he despairs – not yet aware that the title character Mulan, in an early iteration of combat force integration, is indeed a woman.
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Build With, Not For: A #CivicTech Manifesto

July 3, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed withsocial impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

4 Tips for Organizing Unstructured Events Without Going Insane

July 2, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed withsocial impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

On Accountability and Audience: Why We Didn't Have a Funk Parade Hackathon

June 27, 2014

Crafting high-quality civic technology — projects and tools designed with social impact in mind — requires thought, creativity, and intentionality — the strength to ask:

“Will this project actually have social impact? Is it being designed for the social/cultural/political context in which it will be implemented? And if not, what steps do we need to take and what people do we need to substantially involve to get there?”

Our approach to community-building in the name of civic tech should be the same.

Child Care on the Third Shift

  • By
  • Brigid Schulte,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2013 |

Rodriguez: Reform For People or For Politics?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 18, 2013 |

In 2006, the last time Congress took a serious look at comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, marched through the streets of the nation's cities. The resulting media coverage was filled with stories about real people — brown people! — whose lives would be affected by the proposed legislation.

Ready or Not, Your Job Is Changing

  • By
  • Liza Mundy,
  • New America Foundation
February 5, 2013 |

 

In this unnerving job market, simply staying on the payroll can feel like completing an obstacle course blindfolded, backwards and in heels.  But experts say the challenges we face today are ones that woman are uniquely suited to overcome. Here, how to be an irresistible hire from now to 2023.

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Crossing the Line: Chronicling Mexico's Drug War

  • By
  • Louie Palu,
  • New America Foundation
January 28, 2013 |

It was the killings that initially drew me to the idea of exploring the U.S.-Mexico border. According to government figures, there were 47,515 drug-related killings in Mexico between late 2006 and late 2012, though many experts put the death toll much higher. Every aspect of Mexican life is affected by organized crime and its endless struggle for control of the distribution of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Most of the drugs are destined for the United States and Canada.

Luis Reyes: Entrepreneur as Revolutionary

  • By
  • Alexandra Starr,
  • New America Foundation
October 30, 2012 |

Lauriol plaza, in Washington, D.C., is one of those restaurants where it's hard to hear your voice over the din by 6 p.m. Salsa music blares. Waiters yell out to one another as they hoist platters of sizzling fajitas over their heads. The bar is packed with revelers armed with table beepers and margaritas the size of small fishbowls.

A few years back, an elegant female patron, infuriated about the long wait for a table, demanded to speak with the owner. Luis Reyes approached and introduced himself.

"I asked to speak with the owner," the woman said.

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Key to Immigration Reform: Worker Visas

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
January 28, 2013 |

Comprehensive immigration reform. Suddenly the phrase is on everyone's lips. From President Barack Obama to rising Republican star Sen. Marco Rubio to right-wing television hosts Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. As if by magic, everybody's for it after six years of ducking and using reform as a political wedge issue -- everybody wants to get it done.

But what exactly is it? What kinds of changes will it entail, and what will they mean for America?

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