In the Works – Fall 2015

by Sarah White on December 18, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

Public WorksMarcia traveled to Omaha, Nebraska to work with the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska. She also stayed close to home in Austin and worked with Texans Care for Children.

Elaine traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to work with the Harvard Trade Union program and the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Anika attended the annual conference of the State Priorities Partnership in Baltimore, MD.

Americans’ Paradoxical Opinions about Government

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

A new poll from the Pew Research Center illustrates one of the paradoxes of today’s America—we think government is run poorly, and we want government to do more. Only 19% of those surveyed trust the government always or most of … Continue reading

Americans Rank Terrorism as Problem #1

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

The terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have had a profound effect on the American psyche. The latest poll from Gallup finds that Americans now rank terrorism as the nation’s number one problem. In addition, “satisfaction with the way … Continue reading

From “Climate Change” to “Damage to the Climate”

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

This recent article in Grist Magazine does a great job of summarizing the latest recommendations on how to talk about our warming planet. The report comes from a stellar communications research team that included Celinda Lake, Anat Shenker-Osorio and others … Continue reading

Talking Human Services

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in Child Well-being

We know that many of our partners are working hard to help the public understand the importance of human services. To that end we highly recommend this new Message Memo from The Frameworks Institute. The memo characterizes the fundamental challenge … Continue reading

Could Civic Education Help Fight Terrorism?

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

What’s the goal of American public education? Today, many people would say “to prepare students for good jobs.” But the answer used to be “to prepare students to be good citizens.” This change in attitude is one of several factors … Continue reading

Fewer Alt-Weeklies, Fewer Local Government Watchdogs

by Elaine Mejia on December 17, 2015 in December 2015 eNewsletter

Many alternative weekly newspapers are known for their coverage of local government. An alt-weekly reporter may be the only reporter at a meeting of the town council or local planning board, providing the public with details about a new zoning … Continue reading