The Commonwealth Blog


What’s your slavery footprint? There’s an app for that

Dec 16, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

We may not see forced labor explicitly in our day-to-day lives, but that illusion hides the reality that an estimated 20.9 million people are victims of forced labor globally, from the International Labor Organization (ILO). Of the 20.9 million people exploited globally, 18.7 million, or 90 percent, “are exploited in the private economy, by individuals or enterprises,” the ILO reports. Read more »

Is Roe v. Wade in Danger?

Nov 6, 2013 @ 3:06 PM

By: Mehroz Baig

Even though 87 percent of all U.S. counties lack an abortion provider , actions to restrict the access of abortion services continue steadily. In 2013 so far, state legislatures have introduced 321 anti-choice measures and enacted 46 of them, according to internal research by NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. NARAL defines anti-choice broadly, including any measure that hinders a woman’s ability to exercise her reproductive rights. Read more »

Q&A: The Government Shutdown and its Aftermath

Oct 21, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

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Getting buy-in for an education revolution

Oct 8, 2013 @ 2:46 PM

There’s much to be said about the education system, not just in the United States but also across the world. When Sir Ken Robinson at The Commonwealth Club he talked about the education system being styled like an industrial era assembly line, one that stunts creativity and forces students to fit a schedule and predefined form of learning instead of opening up creative avenues to explore their potential. Read more »

Unpaid internships for graduates now the new norm?

Sep 12, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

By Mehroz Baig

Internships have long been a part of building a career trajectory and most students have resigned themselves to the fact that internships will be unpaid. Many college students spend summers interning at various places, hoping to gain some hands-on experience, a few recommendations and some sense of what they would like to do after graduation. However, the unpaid internship is now creeping into life after graduation. Read more »

Not a blessing in disguise

Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

By Mehroz Baig

“They really suffer in silence,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón at a recent program at The Commonwealth Club. He was referring to victims of the most recent crime wave to hit San Francisco: blessing scams. Especially targeting older, Asian, Cantonese-speaking women, the scam came to the police and district attorney’s attention approximately a year and a half ago. Read more »

Guest post: What the Fourth of July means

Jul 8, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

By Joseph Ellis

The awkward truth is that not much happened on July 4, 1776. History is almost always messier than we remember, and both the popular play, "1776," and John Trumbull's iconic painting, "The Declaration of Independence," reinforce several popular misconceptions. Read more »

Dancing on the edge of tyranny

Jul 3, 2013 @ 1:40 PM

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