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Invigorating Civic Life

In this Issue:

  • Summer 2019
  • Three Perspectives, One America
  • Out of Reach
  • America’s Digital Divide
  • Different, but the Same
  • The Big Picture: A Window on America's Parks
  • Noteworthy
  • Most Americans Take Supplements; FDA Should Know Something About Them
  • How People View Religion's Role
  • New Naloxone Laws Seek to Prevent Opioid Overdoses
  • How Ken Lum Became an Artist and What Motivates Him Most
  • In Antarctic Scientists Capture a Penguins-Eye View to Study Eating Habits
  • Lessons for Governments From Amazons Headquarters Search
  • How Bloomberg Philanthropies Is Transforming Public Health
  • Benchmarking Questions Keep Surveys Accurate
  • Return on Investment
  • Improving Public Policy
  • Informing the Public
  • Invigorating Civic Life
  • Federal Defense Spending Across the States
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Invigorating Civic Life
Kids explore musical instruments popular in Muslim cultures as part of the “America to Zanzibar” exhibit at Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum.
Please Touch Museum

Exhibition about Muslim communities opens

“America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage-funded exhibition inviting families to learn about modern and historic Muslim communities, opened at Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum on Feb. 2 and runs until Sept. 2. Visitors to the exhibit can experience immersive 3D environments of Middle Eastern architecture and mosques, view historic artifacts and newly commissioned artwork created by Philadelphia-based Muslim artists, and hear personal stories from local Muslim families. 

Philly pensions stress tested

In April, Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative and public sector retirement systems team issued a policy brief documenting the results of a stress test of Philadelphia’s municipal pensions system, which is less than 50 percent funded and has liabilities of more than $6 billion. The analysis projected how the pension fund will fare over the next 20 years under various economic scenarios and found that changes made in the past few years have positioned the system to gradually move toward fiscal soundness, even if returns on investments turn out to be lower than projected. To discuss the stress test, the Philadelphia policy and research team convened over 35 government officials, public sector labor union leaders, municipal finance analysts, and other stakeholders in May.

Pew Fund grantees 

The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in March awarded $8.12 million in support of the Philadelphia region’s low-income children and their families. The funding will help 43 local nonprofit organizations serve more than 25,000 young people annually over three years by focusing on five core areas: supporting high-quality early education and child care; providing effective prevention and early intervention services to reduce behavioral and academic issues; increasing access to mental health services; expanding quality after-school programs; and helping parents secure and retain public benefits and services to strengthen household stability.

Visitors stroll near a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by David Bowser on display in the exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality” at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
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National Constitution Center opens a new permanent exhibit 

On May 9, “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality” opened at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The 3,000-square-foot exhibit, the first in America devoted to exploring the constitutional legacy of the Reconstruction Amendments, features over 100 artifacts, including original copies of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments; a fragment of the flag that Abraham Lincoln raised at Independence Hall in 1861; and a ballot box marked “colored” from Virginia’s first statewide election that allowed black men to vote in 1867. In March 2017, Pew supported the National Constitution Center’s development of the gallery with a grant of $500,000 over two years.

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National Homeownership Month

Issue Brief

A Stress Test of Philadelphia’s Retirement System

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Issue Brief

The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a stress test analysis of Philadelphia’s city retirement plan in late 2018 to help policymakers evaluate how the plan would weather various economic conditions, given recent reforms.

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.