Long-acting reversible contraceptives, known as LARCs, are revolutionizing American birth control. Pilot programs in St. Louis, Missouri, and in Colorado, where healthcare providers and researchers have made the IUD and hormonal implants available at low or no cost and educated potential users about their nearly foolproof effectiveness, have shown astounding results. In Colorado, the teen birth rate and teen abortion rate both dropped 48 percent over five years. At the start of the study, half the women in the poorest parts of the state gave birth before the age of 21. Five years later, half the women in the same group were over the age of 24 when first giving birth. And in St. Louis, pregnancy and abortion rates among sexually active teens studied dropped to less than a quarter of the rates for their peers nationwide. Statistics like these, along with new recommendations from major medical organizations, suggest that it’s time for American women to recognize what Europeans have … [Read more...] about Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical?
On Wednesday, November 9, at 9:47 am, BuzzFeed News sent out a push notification: “Trump is leading a global nationalist wave. The liberal world order is nearly over and the age of populism is here.” This, from a publication better known for listicles than sweeping political pronouncements. If even BuzzFeed felt it necessary to ring the death knell for the “liberal world order,” then liberalism must be really, really dead. But what, besides global nationalism, can replace it? The answer is clear if we look at the 2016 election from its inception. The race we should be remembering is not just Clinton versus Trump, but Sanders versus Clinton. For nearly a year, millions of Americans supported an avowed socialist, and many of those people were young—like me. This new New Left renaissance isn’t confined to the United States: Our British neighbors witnessed a similar wave of enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn. It’s kind of funny, if you think about it: … [Read more...] about Why Millennials Aren’t Afraid of Socialism
We’re delighted to announce the winners of The Nation‘s sixth annual Student Writing Contest! Congratulations to Bryce Wilson Stucki, an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, and Hannah Moon, a 2011 graduate of Brooklyn College Academy in Brooklyn, New York and to our ten finalists! The winners each receive a cash award of $1,000; the finalists receive $200 each. All receive Nation subscriptions. This year we asked students to send us an original, unpublished, 800-word essay detailing what they think is the most important issue facing their generation. We received hundreds of submissions from high school and college students in forty-one states. Read the winners now. The only way to keep up on all of The Nation‘s student content is by joining our free EmailNation list. Arriving three times each week, this timely alert provides breaking news, informed opinion, first looks at new Nation investigative reports, details on when Nation writers are on TV and info on … [Read more...] about What Are You Missing?
The Nation launched an annual Student Writing Contest to identify, support and reward the numerous smart, progressive student journalists writing, reporting and blogging today. This year, we’re asking students to answer this question: It’s clear that the political system in the United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016? Essays should not exceed 800 words and should demonstrate fresh, clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship. We’ll select ten finalists and two winners total—six from college students, six from those in high school. Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. The five finalists will be awarded $250 each and subscriptions. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and at thenation.com. The ten finalists will be featured at thenation.com. Entries will be … [Read more...] about The 2013 Nation Student Writing Contest
We’re delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s sixth annual Student Writing Contest. This year we asked students to send us an original, unpublished 800-word essay detailing what they think is the most important issue facing their generation. We received close to 1,000 submissions from high school and college students in forty-one states. We chose one college and one high school winner and ten finalists. Congratulations to the winners, Bryce Wilson Stucki, from Virginia Tech University, and Hannah Moon, a 2011 graduate of Brooklyn College Academy in Brooklyn, New York, and to our ten finalists. Each winner will receive $1,000; the finalists will receive $200. All will receive Nation subscriptions. Stucki’s essay movingly details the horrific mass murder of students at Virginia Tech from a personal perspective: “Some days it does seem like the shooting is just another catastrophe in a long line of catastrophes, albeit with a more personal tinge. Iraq, … [Read more...] about Our Student Prize-winners
Baby boomers working in government are beginning to retire en masse and there is critical need to replace them with millennials. Last month, the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and the Federal Workforce held a hearing seeking answers and ideas on how to inspire students to enter the federal service. “The federal government is the largest employer in the United States and federal service is a noble profession,” said Hawaii Senator and subcommittee chair Daniel Akaka. “Our nation, for the first time in history, is facing a huge retirement wave. The way they surf in Hawaii, we want to take advantage of the wave, and use it wisely as an opportunity to get a good ride.” Around 273,000 “mission-critical” jobs need to be replaced by September 2012 largely due to retirements, a warning that is hardly new. The average age of a federal employee in 2007—the most recent year with available data—is 47 years old. In 1990, the … [Read more...] about Inspiring Students to Enter Federal Service
As politicians bicker over the budget, the rhetoric often gravitates towards how spending choices now could pass on a massive debt to future generations. But who is asking younger generations what they want? The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network created a budget written by several thousand millennials that calls for investments in education, health care, infrastructure and green energy, while also reducing the federal debt. In this video, young people ask that their perspective be included in budget decisions that will ultimately affect them the most. They dare politicians to hold the Budget for Millennial America—the only citizen-produced deficit reduction plan—up against any of the other options. -Sara Jerving … [Read more...] about Meet the Millennial Budget
Will millennials vote? What makes them vote? Are they apathetic? Are they guaranteed Democrats, or do they shun both political parties? There is seemingly infinite speculation about young people’s participation in the 2016 election, but as a millennial who works with thousands of young people across the country through the Roosevelt Institute Network, I can tell you the best way to answer these questions: Ask us. Political campaigns are rightly in a constant state of concern about young people’s voting patterns. Our generation has the potential to dramatically reshape electoral and policy outcomes. People under 35 have led many of the major movements of the last eight years, including the Dreamers, Title IX activism, the Movement for Black Lives, and Occupy. And in 2016, the 86 million millennial and Generation Z Americans will be 36 percent of the electorate, including half of eligible Latino voters. We have been deeply affected by the actions, or rather the … [Read more...] about Why Political Campaigns Are in a Constant State of Concern About Millennial Voting Patterns
On the wall above his desk, attorney Timothy Sandefur keeps a copy of The Liberator, a 186-year-old abolitionist newspaper that features an etching of a slave auction on its masthead. Sandefur is the vice president for litigation at the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute, a nonprofit right-wing think tank with a donor roster that includes the Mercer family (Donald Trump’s biggest campaign contributors) and Donors Trust, a dark-money funnel for the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, and others. Goldwater is largely known for its efforts to limit regulation, promote tax cuts, expand school choice, and advance private-property rights. 1 Recently, the Goldwater Institute has stepped into an entirely different legal arena: an effort to dismantle a landmark law called the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA requires that before private and public agencies place Native American children in foster care or with an adoptive family, they try to keep nuclear families together or, if … [Read more...] about A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
Since the Labour Party’s stunning performance in the UK elections of June 8, comparisons between party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Senator Bernie Sanders have come hot and heavy. It makes sense. After all, here are two old guys calling themselves socialists in the age of neoliberalism. They lead movements full of youthful enthusiasm—against austerity, inequality, and rule by the 1 percent, and in favor of a living wage, free higher education, and robust single-payer health care. But the conversation tends to ignore the most significant thing that the left insurgencies in the United Kingdom and United States hold in common. A new consensus has emerged among young people that is definitely social democratic—as that term has traditionally been used—or democratic socialist—as Bernie and Jeremy have described themselves. By whatever name, young people are insisting on social solutions to social problems. This consensus rejects the privatizing and individualizing … [Read more...] about Corbyn and Sanders Show That Neoliberalism Has Failed to Privatize Hope