Affirmative Action, Homelessness, Banality of Evil and More

Posted on August 23, 2023

Fair Chance Licensing Act: Because of a years-long trend to require background checks for a wide range of business licenses, more than 70 million Americans find it hard to work in licensed professions. Created by the National Employment Law Project, the Fair Chance Licensing Act alters requirements that unnecessarily disqualify Americans from licensed jobs.

The banality of evil in Georgia: The Georgia prosecution of a broad conspiracy against democracy, involving dozens of people on the national and state levels, serves many important purposes. One of them is to warn us all about the banality of evil. Read about it in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

What is (or was) affirmative action? What did the Supreme Court rule about affirmative action and what are colleges and other entities supposed to do now? This is one episode in a larger NPR Civics 101 podcast series.

Practical solutions to assist cities and states receiving asylum-seekers across the US: As a political stunt, to entertain the right-wing base, red states have been busing asylum-seekers to blue cities, like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC. A report by the Center for American Progress discusses best practices for states and localities.

How one city may soon end family homelessness: That city is Milwaukee where no family has lived on the street since 2020 and the amount of time families spend in shelters has declined by nearly three-quarters. Route Fifty explains how Milwaukee is doing it.

How to use a resolution strategy: A resolution strategy is based around the creation of a document for organizations and individuals to endorse a specific policy before that policy is crafted into legislation. Chapter 8 of our advocacy bookPreparing to Win, explains how to do that.