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.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
New Demos Report Finds High-Risk Trading Profits Soared in '09 At Affected "Too Big to Fail" Firms
Last night, President Obama called for directing $30 billion in TARP funds to community banks for small business lending, in recognition that the largest banks have used taxpayer funds for increased trading activity while lending remains low. He also reiterated his determination to limit the size and risk-taking of big banks.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
'Showdown in Chicago' Protests Against Banking Excess
Today, thousands of Americans are gathering on the streets of Chicago to march against financial service industry excess that has cost the American taxpayers trillions of dollars, destabilized the economy and undermined the stability of millions of US households. In response to the public outcry against excesses in the financial services industries, dubbed "The Showdown in Chicago", the following statement was issued from Heather McGhee, director of the Washingtong, DC, Office for the public policy and research center Demos:
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
National Youth Economic Movement Convenes in Washington DC
-Young adults across America are reeling from the effects of the recession, with rising unemployment, higher education increasingly out of reach, and diminishing prospects of an economically secure future. To reverse this trend, the national public policy and advocacy center Demos, along with partner organizations from around the nation, is building a movement of young adults to support policy reforms that will lead to a new social contract-and an economic recovery comprised of good jobs, widespread opportunity and a path to financial stability that will last well into the future.
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
New Study Debunks Flawed Heritage Foundation Report on Low Income Voter Registrations
A new study published today by the nonpartisan policy center Demos debunks a recent Heritage Foundation report claiming that welfare reform is a significant factor in the decline in voter registrations coming from public assistance agencies. The Heritage Foundation report has been used to oppose efforts to promote full enforcement of the Public Agency Voter Registration provision (section 7) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Court "Conservatives" Suggest Readiness to Overturn 100 year-old Democratic Principles: Justice Sotomayor Suggests More Conservative Approach
Today's argument in Citizens United v. FEC suggests that the Roberts Court is poised to sweep aside century-old restraints on corporate domination of the political marketplace--unless the wisdom of the Court's newest member proves persuasive when the decision is ultimately written.
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Court "Conservatives" Suggest Readiness to Overturn 100 year-old Democratic Principles: Justice Sotomayor Suggests More Conservative Approach
Today's argument in Citizens United v. FEC suggests that the Roberts Court is poised to sweep aside century-old restraints on corporate domination of the political marketplace--unless the wisdom of the Court's newest member proves persuasive when the decision is ultimately written.
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
New Survey Report Reveals Truth Behind Excessive Credit Card Debt in the United States
As the recession continues to squeeze financially vulnerable American households, they are turning to credit cards to make ends meet, according to "The Plastic Safety Net: How Households are Coping in a Fragile Economy," a new report published today by Demos, a national research and policy center. This is Demos' second national survey examining credit card debt among low- and middle-income households--those whose incomes fell between 50 percent and 120 percent of local median income.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
As Congress Debates Transportation Bill, New Study on Port Trucking Shows Need For New Regulations For Clean Air, Worker Safety, And Economic Stability
As the United States Congress considers the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009, which aims to establish national regulatory reforms for American ground transportation, a newly published study details the widespread failures of port trucking deregulation.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009
House Passes Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights
Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to rein in many common lending practices in the credit card that have been deemed unfair and deceptive. The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, introduced by Congresswoman Carolyn B.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Demos Statement on Sallie Mae Report Showing Skyrocketing Student Credit Card Debt
This week, Sallie Mae published a new report showing a massive increase in credit card debt among college students over the last four years. The study, entitled "How Undergraduate Students Use Credit Cards: Sallie Mae's National Study of Usage Rates and Trends, 2009" showed that, as educational expenses and costs of living rose while student aid continued to drop, more students relied on their credit cards to pay for college expenses.
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