Dēmos

A multi-issue national organization, Demos combines research, policy development, and advocacy to influence public debates and catalyze change. We publish books, reports, and briefing papers that illuminate critical problems and advance innovative solutions; work at both the national and state level with advocates and policymakers to promote reforms; help to build the capacity and skills of key progressive constituencies; project our values into the media by promoting Demos Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and host public events that showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Retail Sector’s Hidden Potential To Boost Lagging Economy, Create Jobs, Improve Consumer Experience, and Lift 1.5 Million People Out of Poverty
Just in time for Black Friday, when consumers rely on scores of retail workers to help them navigate the stressful holiday season, a new study released today by national public policy center Demos, Retail’s Hidden Potential: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry and the Economy Overall , examines the economic benefits of a wage increase for large chain retail workers on consumer experiences, businesses, families and the economy
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Voters Broke Through Unprecedented Barriers on Election Day, New Analysis by Expert Tova Wang
After two years of historic attacks on the freedom to vote and despite blatant efforts to suppress the vote through unnecessary obstacles and intimidation, Americans made their voices heard on Election Day, according to a new analysis by voting rights expert and Demos Senior Democracy Fellow Tova Wang .
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Monday, November 05, 2012
Voting Rights Experts Ramp Up Efforts to Protect Voters and Combat Voter Intimidation
Voting rights experts at national public policy organization Demos will again pull out all the stops on Pre-Election and Election Day to ensure that every eligible voter is able to vote in this critical election year. To protect the fundamental freedom to vote, Demos works with advocates and policymakers around the country to foster an inclusive democracy, decrease bureaucratic barriers to voter registration and civic participation, and monitor the fair administration of elections.
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Friday, November 02, 2012
New Analysis on Eve of 2012 Elections Shows How Big Money and Secret Spending Distort Democracy
A new analysis of pre-election data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by U.S. PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype: new waves of “outside spending” have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
New Poll: Americans Oppose Corporate Political Spending, Overwhelmingly Support Strong Transparency and Accountability Reforms
Nearly 9 in 10 Americans agree that there is way too much corporate money in politics, and 51 percent strongly agree, according to a new poll released today by the Corporate Reform Coalition. The survey, conducted by Bannon Communications, found overwhelming support for strong, common sense reforms to ensure transparency and accountability for corporate political spending.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Demos Urges Supreme Court To Uphold Diversity Programs In College Admissions
As the Supreme Court hears oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas case challenging the constitutionality of the school’s undergraduate admissions program on Wednesday, October 10, Demos stands with the United States Student Association (USSA) along with hundreds of other community, corporate, military and civil rights leaders, students and other allies in support of diversity in higher education.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
13% of Students Paying For College with Credit Cards Cannot Afford to Graduate
As millions of young adults begin their fall semesters across the nation, new findings from a national survey by policy center Demos reveal the relationship between college costs and credit card debt, and its impact on students and their parents. READ "COLLEGE ON A CREDIT CARD: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IN 2012" Major findings in “College on a Credit Card: The Experience of The Middle Class in 2012” include:
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Settles National Voter Registration Act Case
On Wednesday, the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and ACTION United entered a Court approved Settlement Agreement with the Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, Secretary of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander, and Secretary of Health Dr. Eli N. Avila resolving claims relative to the Commonwealth’s compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Since its 1993 enactment, the NVRA has helped ensure that low-income residents receive an opportunity to register to vote by mandating that all public assistance agencies offer voter registration services.
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Cuts To Higher Education Threaten Florida's Economic Growth
In just three years Florida’s higher education funding per student decreased 40 percent, according to a new report by national public policy center Demos and the Florida-based Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP). As a direct result, Floridian families now spend 25% of median income on the cost of a single year of attendance at a public four-year college. The situation is only looking grimmer, with the recent $300 million cut to public four-year universities.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
United States Student Association and Demos Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Diversity in Higher Education
The United States Student Association (“USSA”), the nation’s oldest and largest student-run, student-led organization, yesterday filed a brief amicus curiae supporting the constitutionality of the University of Texas’ undergraduate admissions program, which is being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, No. 11-345. USSA is comprised of more than four million students with diverse backgrounds who are currently enrolled in American colleges and universities.
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