Posts by Colleen Jackson
While the best thing that we can do to fight the climate crisis is to join together (our recent video featuring founding fellow Bill Mckibben covers how to do this), we can also pair these group actions with the individual ones that climate organizations have been pushing for years.
This article outlines some of the ways that we can reduce our individual carbon footprint through: being more energy efficient in our homes, choosing renewable power, eating foods that have lower carbon footprints, making green travel choices, and recycling.
Most people have heard of “Citizens United.” It is considered one of the most influential Supreme Court cases of the 21st century – a decision that significantly altered the interaction between money and politics in modern America.
Since the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) Supreme Court decision, countless academics and experts have talked about it, and thousands of people have come out to protest against it.
But what is it and what effect has it had on politics in America?
This fact sheet about race in the U.S. answers the following questions:
1) What is race?
2) What is racism?
3) What are some examples of racism in the law?
4)Many of those are historical examples, is racism still a problem now?
This fact sheet about Healthcare in the U.S. answers the following questions:
1) What does the healthcare system look like in the U.S.?
2) How does the U.S. healthcare system compare to other countries?
3) Where is the U.S. healthcare system headed?
This fact sheet looks at some questions and facts about climate change. These questions include:
1) What are climate change and global warming?
2) What causes climate change and global warming?
3) What is the basic scientific proof of climate change?
4) What will happen as a result of climate change?
5) How will climate change affect me?
Climate change is one of the most important issues in our generation. Without significant changes to our carbon emissions, we run the risk of changing the world as we know it. As we discuss political issues with individuals who may or may not agree with us about this issue, it is important to enter those discussions armed with the facts.
The minimum wage has been an important part of United States policy since 1938. It is currently set at $7.25 per hour but that has not always been the case - both in its' purchasing power as well as real dollars.
This fact sheet goes over some key questions about the minimum wage that will help as states and thecountry decide whether or not to increase the minimum wage:
1) What is the minimum wage?
2) What is the history of the minimum wage?
3) What is the purpose of the minimum wage? Is it working?
4) What are some characteristics of minimum wage workers?
Healthcare and specifically discussions of the Affordable Care Act have been prominent in U.S. politics for a number of years. It was a major issue in the 2016 election and will continue to be a prominent issue as the new administration addresses the issue. This article gives a quick overview of trends in public opinion polling around healthcare in the U.S. - approval of the ACA, whether they are satisfied with the cost of their insurance, and whether they think healthcare coverage is the responsibility of the federal government.
This article looks at The Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers on union membership in 2016 and trends over time, as well as public opinion of unions.
One of the major hurdles in implementing necessary change to address climate change is public opinion of the issue. Gallup and other prominent public polling firms have tracked public opinion about climate change and global warming since before 2000.
This article examines what the American public thinks about climate change and why so much cognitive dissonance exists around doing something to address it.