This is the first edition of our new approach to staying in touch with you! Each month, we’ll have three separate newsletters—one on each of the following topics: 1) economic studies / future of work; 2) political studies / Hill diversity; and 3) a catch-all we’re calling “Joint Center Roundup.” Check out our economic news / future of work highlights below.
Economic Studies: Future of Work
The National Skills Coalition National Conference featured Joint Center President Spencer Overton on a plenary panel on the future of work.Watch it here.
The Joint Center’s monthly discussion on Black jobs was hosted by Workforce Policy Director Harin Contractor, and featured Groundwork Collaborative Deputy Executive Director Angela Hanksand Associate Director Sam Sanders.Follow the discussion here.
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks spoke with Harin on connectivity in relation to Black communities. See here.
The National Academy of Social Insurance’s 31st Annual Policy Conference featured Jessica on the “Regenerating Social Insurance for Millennials and the Millennium” panel. More details here.
The tale of two workforces in the wake of automation was covered in The New York Times. Read about ithere.
A national rural broadband plan is pushed by University of Virginia assistant professor, Christopher Ali, for The New York Times. Learn more.here.
Political Studies: Congressional Staff Diversity
This is the second edition of our new approach to staying in touch with you! Each month, we’ll have three separate newsletters—one on each of the following topics: 1) economic studies / future of work; 2) political studies / Hill diversity; and 3) a catch-all we’re calling “Joint Center Roundup.” Check out our political studies / Hill diversity highlights below.
The Joint Center continues to track all new hires by new Members and top staff of color hired by returning Members. Stay up-to-date on congressional staff hires here.
Talking Diverse Staff Hires: Joint Center President Spencer Overton appeared on Comcast Newsmakers. Watch the interview here.
Guest Lectures: Joint Center Black Talent Director Don Bell gave guest lectures to National Emerson Hungers fellows at the Congressional Hunger Center (here) and to political science students at Howard University (here).
Joint Center Spotlight
Joint Center Named a Top Think Tank in the U.S.! The University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tank and Civil Societies Program named the Joint Center…
- One of the top think tanks in the U.S.: Of the 1871 think tanks in the U.S., the Joint Center ranked No. 54 out of 97 think tanks that “excel in research, analysis, and public engagement on a wide range of policy issues with the aim of advancing debate, facilitating cooperation between relevant actors, maintaining public support and funding, and improving the overall quality of life in the United States.”
- One of the top social policy think tanks: Of the 8,162 think tanks worldwide, the Joint Center ranked No. 50 of 110 think tanks that are “leading social policy institutions” that “provide superior innovative research and strategic analyses on topics pertaining to an wide array of social issues and challenges.”
- One of the think tanks with best quality assurance and integrity policies and procedures:Of the 8,162 think tanks worldwide, the Joint Center ranked No. 62 of 70 think tanks that “adhere and uphold moral and ethical righteousness in their research practices.”
Read details here.
Justice Reform: The Hudson-Webber Foundation released two reports on adult and juvenile justice reform in Michigan. Read both here.
The Conversation’s Darrick Hamilton and Trevon Logan wrote about wealth equality and Black Americans. Read it here.
Think Tank Roundup
|Misha Hill, Alan Essig, Meg Wiehe, Jenice Robinson, Steve Wamhoff, and Carl Davis of Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy wrote “The Illusion of Race-Neutral Tax Policy.”|
Courtney Sanders of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote “State Millionaires’ Taxes Can Advance Racial Justice.”
Liz Schott,Ife Floyd, and Ashley Burnside of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote “How States Use Funds Under the TANF Block Grant” and “Policy Brief: How States Use Funds Under the TANF Block Grant.”
|Laura Silver, Aaron Smith, Courtney Johnson, Kyle Taylor, Jingjing Jiang, Monica Anderson, and Lee Rainie of Pew Research Center wrote “Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies.”|
Nathan Smith, Galen Hendricks, Daniella Zessoules, Olugbenga Ajilore, and Michael Madowitz of Center for American Progress wrote“The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-February 2019 Jobs Day Release.”
On his weekly podcast, WashingTECH Host Joe Miller talked to Aspen Tech Policy Hub Founding Director Betsy Cooper on bridging tech and tech policy, former Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on social justice and tech policy, NewKnowledge Director of Research Renée DuResta on fighting “disinformation.”The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, and on WashingTECH’s website. New episodes every Tuesday. Listen here.
Daniella Gibbs of Center for American Progress hosted podcasts on the “cozy relationship between Fox News and the Trump White House,” the role of police officers, and what is means to be a “progressive prosecutor.” Find each episode here.
In Case You Missed It
#RolandMartinUnfiltered: Jessica made her debut on the show. Watch it here.
The Joint Center was mentioned in a profile on National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) founder Paul Delaney, who collected signatures for the NABJ’s founding document at a Joint Center event. Read about it here.
No BS (Bad Stats): QEM Network President and Howard University Professor Ivory A. Toldson released his book,No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear about Black People. Buy it here.
Calling on the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to embed civil rights principles in online privacy debate, hearings, and legislation, the Joint Center and several civil rights organizations sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and both the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. Read the letter here.
For The Hill, Black Economic Alliance Executive Director Akunna Cook wrote an op-ed calling for the 116th Congress to increase economic opportunity for Black Americans. Read it here.