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Notes from the road: G’day from the land down under

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By Rory Brosius, Advisor for Military Families Have you ever heard that catch ‘80s earworm by Men at Work, “Down Under”? Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover! Living in a land down under! Ha! Good luck getting it out of your head now! So why am […]

Joe Biden’s five ideas for the future of the middle class

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Editor’s note: On May 8, 2018, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address at a Brookings Institution event marking the launch of their new Future of the Middle Class Initiative. He spoke to the factors that contribute to economic inequality, including restrictions on workers’ rights, skewed tax codes, and geographic disparities. Read his full remarks below. […]

Notes from the field: Supporting homeless LGBTQ youth in San Antonio

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By Stacy Oksenberg, Chief Human Resources Officer, YMCA of Greater San Antonio; and Chelsea Berkowitz, Program Manager, Thrive Youth Center Cyclists enjoy a fall day outdoors during one of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio’s biannual community events. Of the 1.6 million young people who are homeless in the U.S., 40% identify as LGBTQ. That […]

Empowering youth to create futures without gender-based violence

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By Kendall LaVine, Biden Fellow for Violence Against Women Initiatives The Biden Foundation Youth LEADS team with Maine Boys to Men on May 25, 2018. This spring, the Biden Foundation launched the Youth LEADS (Leverage, Energize and Define Solutions) initiative to empower youth voices in the fight to end gender-based violence. Through a series of […]

America runs on data. Let’s make sure everyone gets it.

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By Robert Wack Oct 24, 2018 If you’ve lived without electricity for some period of time, whether by choice or circumstance, you know how challenging life is without it. All your time is consumed hand-washing clothing and dishes, foraging for ice, perhaps even building fires for cooking if you don’t have gas. If you’re lucky, it’s […]

It’s time to take job training seriously

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By Martha B. Coven Oct 17, 2018 How do you become middle class in America? Most people would say it’s simple: get a good job. How do you land that job? Well, that’s a harder question to answer. Policymakers, at all levels of government, often say getting training is the way to land that good job. […]

Notes from the road: Commemorating World Mental Health Day in London

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By Mala Adiga and Rory Brosius Photo: Tinatin Thorp on behalf of Give an Hour Last week, we had the privilege to visit London and participate in the Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change, hosted by our partners at Give an Hour and the On World Mental Health Day, Vice President Joe Biden offered […]

Recession on the homefront: Military spouse unemployment and underemployment

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By Elizabeth O’Brien Oct 11, 2018 Many Americans are unaware of the financial challenges facing military families today. Fifty years ago, in part due to the draft, most Americans understood the realities of the military’s demands. But now, the “military-civilian divide” continues to grow as the average American’s involvement with the military is nothing more […]

Joe Biden’s vision for building a high-wage America

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“Ordinary Americans can do extraordinary things if you give them a chance.” This month, Vice President Joe Biden addressed The Century Foundation at an event entitled “Building a High Wage America: Lessons from the Heartland.” He spoke about how the lack of competition in the labor market is holding down wages for workers. Taking aim at harmful policies […]

Notes from the road: Let me tell you about my hometown…

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By Rory Brosius, Advisor for Military Families An American flag waves on a San Diego beach near the home of Biden Foundation Advisor for Military Families Rory Brosius. If you’ve ever met me, you’ve likely heard me sing the praises of my “hometown.” Okay, so San Diego isn’t really my hometown, but it’s honestly the […]