Conservation, Discrimination, Abortion and More

Posted on June 26, 2024

No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act: States, municipalities and counties have routinely included language in government contracts that prevent limited types of discrimination. The No Discrimination by Government Contractors Act expands protections to require contractors to adopt non-discrimination policies on gender, marital status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

How to talk about civil rights, climate change and criminal justice: We’ve recently published three key rules of persuasion: (1) Always begin in agreement; (2) Use values to frame the debate; and (3) Show listeners how they benefit. For examples of how to apply these rules to three important issues, see the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

State Leadership to Conserve Nature: The Center for American Progress and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) sponsored a discussion of recent land conservation successes and opportunities to scale up state-level programs.

Americans strongly support protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination: By a margin of 62-to-26, Americans favor adding sexual orientation and gender identity to federal nondiscrimination laws, according to a Navigator poll.

AI is exhausting the power grid: Tech companies are building vast data centers that require a lot of energy, as much as eight percent of total US energy use by 2030, according to the Washington Post. And tech company plans to power their facilities are based on little more than fantasy.

Another update on 2024 abortion rights ballot initiatives: At this point, abortion rights is already on the ballot in five states (CO, FL, MD, NY, SD) and will probably be on the ballot in six other states (AZ, AR, MO, MT, NE, NV). Read about it in our latest Repro Rights Report.