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  • April 14, 2011
    First developed in Brazil, Participatory Budgeting (PB) has spread throughout Latin America and has been implemented in over 1,000 municipalities worldwide. But it has only recently arrived in the US—in Chicago’s 49th Ward. Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, named the “Most Valuable Local Official” in the country by The...
  • October 12, 2012
    Supreme Court precedent is a powerful thing. In race-conscious policy cases such as Fisher v. University of Texas, precedent can radically redefine how we look at race in regards to education. Fisher will be the first such case before the high court since Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 decision in which the justices upheld race-...
  • August 24, 2012
    Roosevelt Rapid Response is an exciting new opportunity for you and your chapter. Do you want to develop your ideas through writing and engage in dialog with other Roosevelters on today’s trending topics?  Want a resource to engage your members the minute they join Roosevelt, no waiting for the 10 ideas deadline?  Join...
  • Vote
    Equal Justice
    January 18, 2012
     As we settle into the 2012 primary season, there is something that I hope American voters will notice: even though we usually vote on Tuesdays, we don’t have to. South Carolina’s GOP primary will be held on Saturday, January 21st and Louisiana’s will be on Saturday, March 24. Similarly, most of the caucuses...
  • August 5, 2011
      The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network is pleased to present the third volume of the 10ideas series. The 10ideas series is a collection of student-generated policies from our college campus chapters. These are the published ideas from the Equal Justice Policy Center. We are proud to nominate "Eliminating User Fees For Public...
  • June 22, 2011
      Once again, the Supreme Court has reminded us that its primary concern isn’t protecting the rights of citizens, but rather protecting the rights of corporations. The Court ruled Monday in favor of Wal-Mart in the highly publicize class action suit that was brought by female employees seeking compensation for gender based discrimination....
  • June 5, 2011
    Over the past five years, strict voter identification laws that require voters to present photo identification at the polls have been cropping up throughout the country in Republican controlled states. These new laws have proven to be extremely controversial. Republicans maintain that they are necessary to prevent voter fraud (though no case...
  • May 29, 2011
    Elections for members of the Wake County Board of Education should be held to coincide with federal elections to boost voter turnout and make the board more reflective of the people and views of Wake County. Background: In 2009, four new members joined the Wake County, North Carolina Board of Education. Within months, the board caused a stir with...
  • May 13, 2011
     The Pledge of Allegiance states that we are “one nation under G-d, indivisible.” Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The United States includes many different groups who lend diversity and culture to our society, but these groups are not always treated equally under our laws. Americans fought (semi-successfully)...
  • March 7, 2011
    Over the past three and a half weeks, our health disparities policy team has worked with and for the High Street Health Center to examine no-shows for doctor appointments in the larger context of health disparities in Springfield and in the United States. We looked at a wide variety of contributing factors to no-shows by addressing questions...