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Atlanta Student Coalition Releases “A New Appeal for Human Rights”

This morning, a coalition of student activists in Atlanta released “A New Appeal for Human Rights,” a powerful declaration that articulates the various human rights violations experienced by students from marginalized communities. The document is modeled after the original 1960 “Appeal for ...


Young Resisters: Five Minutes With Local Business Owner And Activist Brittany Carmelle

This interview is part of an ongoing series profiling young resisters taking actions in their communities and sharing their ideas for countering “protest fatigue” with sustainable ways to keep resisting the Trump agenda for the long-haul. Brittany Carmelle is a 30-year-old activist and CEO of ...


Meet The 2017-2018 #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Council

Our 2017-2018 #Fight4AFuture National Leadership Council is working hard in their communities to push fresh, unique ideas and progressive policy solutions into the movement for gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform.


Meet The 27-Year-Old Lawyer Pushing Back Against Trump’s Travel Ban

Melissa Trent is a 27-year-old attorney in New York City. After learning about President Trump’s executive order banning entry into the U.S. for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, she volunteered to fight back in the best way she knew how: using her legal expertise.


We Need to Talk About Racist Drug Policing on College Campuses

On any given day in America, you can walk into a prison and witness the racial disparities of our criminal justice system. According to Human Rights Watch, police arrest black people for drug possession more than three times as often as white people, thus ensuring that people of color are ...


Vote Higher: Higher Education Messaging Toolkit

Today, 43 million Americans hold some sort of student debt, America holds $1.3 trillion in student loans, and the average student is graduating with nearly almost $30,000 in debt. Millennials know this is a crisis—they’re experiencing it first-hand. Recent research shows that it’s the ...


Want More Millennials To Vote? Talk To Them About Higher Education.

Young people are speaking out about the issues that are the most concerning and relevant. It is now up to the candidates to make these issues a priority.


What Does My Attorney General Do? Hint: It’s A Lot.

It’s clear that AGs keep busy: in addition to consumer protections, they also oversee antitrust policy, civil rights issues, environmental protections, labor laws, and more, in addition to acting as the chief legal officer for their state and its residents.


Join The #Fight4AFuture Gun Violence Prevention And Criminal Justice Reform Network

The Generation Progress #Fight4AFuture Network is a network of young people passionate about gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. We are building a movement that is: — Inclusive, diverse, and sensitive to the urgent needs of communities most impacted by violence and inequality ...


Fighting For A Future: 10 Millennial-Driven Ways We Can Fix Our Criminal Justice System

On a quest to achieve meaningful change, Generation Progress visited four American cities to meet with young people, who are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system and have been at the forefront of the movement for change.


Fighting For A Future: Millennials Tackle Criminal Justice Reform

Young people are on the front lines of advocating for criminal justice reform — but while their activism is often seen, their policy proposals are not always heard.


Blind Justice: Does The Criminal Justice System Blame Individuals For Group Problems?

Obesity and crime are incredibly similar: when we focus on the individual, all we let ourselves see are the choices, the personal failures, the isolated moments that all combined and led to a negative outcome.


“We Did The Crime, We Did The Time. Now Let Us Vote”

Disenfranchisement is one more barrier to rehabilitation for people with a criminal record.


In McKinney, Justice Goes Unserved: Police Brutality Issues Still Pervasive in Texas

As a black woman in America, there are a lot of structural barriers that I’m up against. Still, I will not sit idly by as police brutality tears at my community.


Tying Up America’s Loose Ends

For those who thought America’s long and torrid affair with indiscriminate lynchings of black people ended with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the recent bout of cases involving lynching threats is an unfortunate reminder that some old habits die hard.

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