Rules for Persuasion, Mask Wearing, Small Business Relief and More

Posted on August 12, 2020

Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act: More than 60 million Americans speak a language other than English at home. No one should be denied public services or protections because of a limited ability to speak or read English. The Access to Public Services for Non-English Speakers Act requires jurisdictions to take reasonable steps to make translations available.

Three simple rules to make progressive arguments more persuasive: There has never been a more important time to persuade our fellow citizens. But progressives tend to make arguments that appeal to themselves much more than they appeal to persuadable Americans. See three simple rules, based on PLI’s Voicing Our Values books and workshops, explained in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to get people to wear masks: Is there anything we can do to convince people to wear masks? NPR’s Planet Money podcast turns to behavioral economics for answers. (Bottom line: success has a lot to do with how you ask, when you ask, and who does the asking.)

26 Actions Local Leaders Can Take to Help Small Businesses Weather the Pandemic: This new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance provides practical alternatives for governments to help local small businesses.

Children and COVID-19 – State Data from the American Academy of Pediatrics: At least 97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 during the last two weeks of July. That and much more about the coronavirus in children is displayed in this report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

PLI’s messaging guide Voicing Our Values: What better time to improve your messaging skills? Voicing Our Values is available as online text, as a downloaded PDF, or as a published book.