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President Obama Backtracked on Immigration Promises for Political Reasons

Postponing action on immigration reform may have been politically smart, but it comes with a serious human cost.

How Boston Encourages U.S. Citizenship

The city's broad-scale effort helps eligible legal residents navigate the tricky and costly process of applying for citizenship. 

New Jersey Is Working to Build a Diverse New Generation of Science and Tech Innovators

The state that gave the world the light bulb, the silicon transistor, and the antibiotic streptomycin looks to lead the way again.

Family Detention for Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

Our government's response so far to the border crisis has been an international embarrassment. 

It's Time to End the Federal Ban Preventing Some Poor Women From Accessing Abortions

In the four decades of legal, safe abortion, it has remained unaffordable and unavailable for far too many, particularly women of color.

A Simple but Critical Fix Is Needed Now for the Nation's Disability System

Unless Congress acts--and soon--the modest insurance benefits that Social Security Disability Insurance provides will be cut by 20 percent.

Washington’s War on Youth

Democrats and Republicans both have gone to great lengths to ensure that members ofmy generation—and each one after—will spend our entire lives paying for their mistakes.

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President Obama Backtracked on Immigration Promises for Political Reasons

Postponing action on immigration reform may have been politically smart, but it comes with a serious human cost.

How Boston Encourages U.S. Citizenship

The city's broad-scale effort helps eligible legal residents navigate the tricky and costly process of applying for citizenship. 

New Jersey Is Working to Build a Diverse New Generation of Science and Tech Innovators

The state that gave the world the light bulb, the silicon transistor, and the antibiotic streptomycin looks to lead the way again.

Family Detention for Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

Our government's response so far to the border crisis has been an international embarrassment. 

It's Time to End the Federal Ban Preventing Some Poor Women From Accessing Abortions

In the four decades of legal, safe abortion, it has remained unaffordable and unavailable for far too many, particularly women of color.

A Simple but Critical Fix Is Needed Now for the Nation's Disability System

Unless Congress acts--and soon--the modest insurance benefits that Social Security Disability Insurance provides will be cut by 20 percent.

Washington’s War on Youth

Democrats and Republicans both have gone to great lengths to ensure that members ofmy generation—and each one after—will spend our entire lives paying for their mistakes.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.

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Are you part of the demographic that is the Next America? Are you a catalyst who fosters change for the next generation? We welcome first-person perspectives to supplement our growing list. Please contact us.