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Will a Black-Latino Alliance in Mississippi Change Politics in the Deep South?

On immigration and other issues, minorities are having success pushing back against the long-standing conservative white majority.

If Courts Halt Immigration Action, Los Angeles Will Keep Going

"We're going to move forward," says Mayor Eric Garcetti, of the city's commitment to helping undocumented residents gain legal status.

The Coming College Decline

Barring a policy change, the percentage of Americans with four-year degrees is about to drop. That's bad for everyone.

How to Close the Racial Achievement Gap

The Latino students in this Phoenix mentorship program all go to college. More importantly, 85 percent of them graduate.

Where Do Undocumented Immigrants Go for Medical Care?

Even with the recent immigration order, undocumented immigrants aren't eligible for health insurance. This Phoenix clinic treats them anyway—for free.

Russell Pearce's Immigration Law Led to Boycotts of Arizona and Ended His Career. He's Not Sorry.

"I'm worried about the future of America," says Pearce. "We must stay vigilant."

The People of Phoenix Want You to Know They're Not Intolerant

Four years after S.B. 1070 grabbed headlines, Phoenix Republicans adopt a more moderate, inclusive tone. 

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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.