Americans' quest for "a more perfect union" starts with safe, healthy communities. Developing policies that are firmly grounded in facts and research is critical to building a vibrant civic life. Strong communities also require an understanding of our country’s history and immigration trends, participation in arts and culture, and concern for those who need a helping hand. These endeavors—all part of Pew’s mission—shape our national character, bring us together as a people, and help assure that our communities thrive.
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On July 22 at the University of Texas in Austin, the Knight Foundation, in partnership with the Democracy Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Rita Allen Foundation, announced 22 winners (out of more than 1,000 submissions) of the Knight News Challenge on elections. Read More
In June 2015, Alaska’s leaders created a commission to review the state’s criminal justice system and recommend policy changes to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs. The commission is receiving technical assistance from Pew through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of... Read More