advertisement advertisement advertisement On January 2o, the clock started on the first 100 days of the Biden administration. While there will be 1,360 more days to follow, the period between January and the end of April is when the direction and forcefulness of the new president’s initial policies will be judged. How will he change regulation? What can he push through Congress? What first steps will his new appointees take? advertisement advertisement President Biden has indicated he is open to thinking big. So before the realities of a divided Congress and ever-sclerotic pace of change become apparent once again, we’ve looked at major policy areas to examined how the new administration might approach them—and the big ideas it might consider across issues like environmental protection, public transit, artificial intelligence, and worker pay. Read all the stories in the series. New stories will publish each day this week: How to rebuild the … [Read more...] about Big ideas for Biden’s first 100 days
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advertisement advertisement advertisement One year into the pandemic, protective face masks have come to signify different things for different groups of people. advertisement advertisement To some it’s an issue of protest, while for some others it’s a statement of social responsibility. Some people have even turned it into a style statement and are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on designer masks . At the same time, racialized perceptions related to masks have put an additional burden on groups that already experience racism and inequality. Across the country, several Black American men have been arrested, followed and challenged by police officers who claimed they looked “suspicious” in pandemic masks. But in a group I have studied since 2013—Muslim women in the West who wear the niqab, or the Islamic veil , along with a headscarf, the experiences have been more positive. CHALLENGES FACED BY MANY MUSLIM … [Read more...] about COVID-19 is increasing religious tolerance. Here’s why
advertisement advertisement advertisement Saru Jayaraman likes to say the restaurant industry had a “pre-existing condition” long before the pandemic. “It was already the nation’s second largest private sector employer with the absolute lowest wage jobs of any industry,” says Jayaraman, the cofounder and president of One Fair Wage . The pandemic only exacerbated the financial insecurity of working in the restaurant industry—but with the added threat of contracting a dangerous virus. “Millions and millions of these workers were forced to go back to work before they felt safe or ready because they got no benefits, [and] they had no choice,” she says. “And what our data has shown is that when they went back to work, it was a nightmare.” advertisement advertisement A report by One Fair Wage found that nearly half of food service workers had at least one coworker who contracted COVID-19. More than 80% of them saw their tips decline … [Read more...] about A $15 federal minimum wage would reshape the lives of working people. Can Biden deliver?
advertisement advertisement advertisement As President Biden closes out his third full week in office, many Americans—those who voted for him and those who didn’t—are waiting on edge for his legislative priorities to emerge. advertisement Most of us have our own views on what they should be, and given the vast diversity of our country, these ideas cross a wide spectrum of thought. In a recent poll, Fast Company collected responses from one specific group: 206 business leaders who are part of the Fast Company Impact Council or executives of companies on our Most Innovative Companies lists. Here’s what tops their lists: Substantially expanding federal support for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and personal protective equipment: A majority, 51%, said this should be the top priority. As we enter our second year of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 450,000 lives lost, there’s no part of the United States that the virus hasn’t … [Read more...] about Vaccines, climate policies, stimulus: Here’s what business leaders want Joe Biden to prioritize first
advertisement advertisement advertisement Seven months after the United States declared COVID-19 a national health emergency, subway ridership across the country remains 36% below last year’s level. According to Apple Mobility Trends (an imperfect, but commonly accepted measure of commuters’ intentions) public-transport ridership around the globe remains deeply depressed due to fears of contagion. Despite evidence from world capitals that passengers aren’t super-spreaders so long as they wear masks and remain silent, urban residents are still hesitant to return to public transport—and many of them don’t see the necessity to commute when downtowns have become ghost towns in an era of work-from-anywhere . advertisement Yet it remains imperative for cities to rebuild trust in public transport—their very survival depends on it. Post-COVID gridlock , soaring carbon emissions, and homes far removed from jobs that can’t be performed via Zoom … [Read more...] about How do we rebuild trust in transport?