Hate Speech, Dress Codes, Medical Debt and More

Posted on December 14, 2022

Truth and Tolerance Commission Act: Fueled by unhinged conspiracy theories, hate speech and hate crimes have been increasing at alarming rates. Racist, nationalist, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ falsehoods are poisoning our communities. The Truth and Tolerance Commission Act will help de-legitimize stereotypes and specific lies directed against demographic groups targeted for hate.

Five lessons of the 2022 midterm elections: Was 2022 a turnout election? Which groups are trending toward one of the parties? How important was inflation? Do voters even like the Democratic Party? In short, what mattered to voters in the midterms? For answers, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Weekday CNN Political Briefing: Looking for a daily political briefing that’s always less than ten minutes long? Try the CNN Political Briefing. A recent podcast, for example, featured a new CNN poll about how Americans view the political parties.

School dress codes can discriminate against many students, report finds: Over 80 percent of predominantly Black schools and 63 percent of predominantly Latino schools enforce a strict dress code, compared to only 35 percent of predominantly white schools, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study discussed in the Washington Post.

Local governments are using federal aid to cancel medical debt: About 20 percent of households have medical debt. As described in Governing Magazine, some local governments, including Cook County, Illinois and Toledo, Ohio have partnered with a nonprofit that negotiates with local hospitals to cancel debt, helping hospitals and patients alike.

Voicing Our Values Pocket Guide: PLI offers a handy-sized guide that provides model messages for twelve types of issues. To view it, click here.