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Can immigration save Social Security?

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The Biden Forum Highlight is a series of quick reads on the middle class. Each week, editors at the Biden Forum will highlight a key insight from new economic research and break down what it means for middle-class Americans. What should we highlight next? Email your questions or recommendations to [email protected] As Americans continue to live […]

A week in the life of a Biden Fellow

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By Lauren Ford, Biden Fellow for Higher Education   Photo: Trish Alegre-Smith This year I was honored to be selected as one of five inaugural Fellows for the Biden Foundation. In addition to being a Biden Foundation Fellow, I also work full-time at a community college in California and am a doctoral candidate at San […]

A tax system for all Americans

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By Ray D. Madoff Dec 12, 2019 Who bears the brunt of taxes in America? A cursory glance at the tax code might suggest that it is predominantly the wealthy. After all, taxes due on wages rise with income. However, closer inspection of the tax code reveals that it is actually workers — and not the wealthiest Americans — who […]

Building community wealth in Rochester, NY

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By Lovely Warren Dec 5, 2018 Progress and prosperity have often been unequally shared in cities around the country. In many ways, Rochester, NY, is no different — a city with a rich history of innovation and social progress, but also of disinvestment, poverty, and institutional racism. I see the suffering on the faces of far too many […]

We must be advocates for LGBTQ youth

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By Emily Hecht-McGowan     Photo: Mercedes Mehling/Unsplash “Rest gently. You are safe. Welcome home.”  On Friday, October 26th, Bishop Gene Robinson spoke these words directly to Matthew Shepard, 20 years after his death, at the Washington National Cathedral. I joined thousands of mourners for Matthew’s interment service, where his ashes now rest in the […]

Notes from the field: Welcome to the Y SAGE Table

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By Lydia Thacker, Chief Diversity Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta YMCA of Metro Atlanta SAGE Table is an initiative to fight loneliness and isolation in the LGBTQ community through the power of intergenerational connections. SAGE Table events are held all across the nation each year on November 8th. In the spirit of the […]

Exploring the world through community college

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By Lauren Ford, Biden Fellow for Higher Education The Institute for International Education recently hosted its annual gala to promote study abroad and expand access to education. Dr. Jill Biden attended and delivered remarks about her experience as a community college professor and the role that colleges play in expanding educational opportunities both domestically and […]

We can’t afford to price middle-class families out of college

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By Sara Goldrick-Rab Nov 14, 2018 Paying for college is a headache for all but the wealthiest Americans. Between rising college prices (including the cost of rent), stagnant wages, and a labor market that asks more and more from workers, working your way through college is becoming a thing of the past — often making financial aid […]

Geography can shape opportunity. Joe Biden wants to change that.

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Editor’s note: On March 9, 2018, Vice President Joe Biden addressed Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in a speech geared towards America’s fast-growing economic inequity. Addressing factors from workers’ rights to geographic inequality, Vice President Biden discussed common-sense policy solutions that could help get the country back on track. Below are his remarks in full. […]