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As COVID-19 continues to spread, and as Congress considers its next round of support, one fact is worth remembering: A higher level of debt would in no way be a hindrance to addressing this crisis. In a climate of low interest rates and deep economic suffering, deficit and debt shouldn’t be a factor. Here’s why:

From the start, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a worker power crisis. Unsafe conditions have endangered those on the frontlines, half-baked reopening plans have spurred outcry from workers afraid for their lives, and record unemployment has exacerbated long-standing financial insecurity and racial inequality. Thus far, congressional action has largely targeted short-term fixes to help workers

With this month’s Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania ruling, the Supreme Court gave employers more freedom to claim a moral or religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate—and to deny their employees birth control coverage. On its own, this decision would be dismal news; in our current social and economic context,

In the past two decades, equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWDs) have been outlined and guaranteed through two federal acts: the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Intended to increase access to high-quality workforce services and preparation for competitive integrated employment, these federal acts set precedent for

By mid-May, COVID-19 had killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan War, and Iraq War combined. The magnitude of this pandemic—and its disproportionately deadly assault on Black communities—is astounding. In Mississippi, Black Americans account for 38 percent of the population and 66 percent of COVID-19 related deaths. In Michigan, those figures are

As a first-generation immigrant and young person of color, I constantly ask myself this question: “What does it mean to be an American?”  Watching Black lives lost at the hands of unchecked police brutality, countless deaths from COVID-19 due to unmitigated failures in leadership, and the collapse of our severely fractured welfare state, I feel

For the first time in US history, the House of Representatives will vote to grant Washington, DC, full congressional representation. While press coverage has focused on the gains for Washingtonians, there are material benefits this move will bring for the rest of the country as well—especially as we address the deep wounds of institutionalized racism.

We’ve long known this: A health care system hinged on employer-sponsored insurance is unequal, inefficient, and ill-equipped for an employment crisis. Amid a global pandemic and unprecedented job loss, no one can argue this: The US’s patchwork health insurance system has needlessly imperiled the lives and economic security of many, especially our nation’s most vulnerable. 

Launching 10 Ideas 2020

Like much of this year, this launch of 10 Ideas feels unlike any other. Even before the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, we’ve been living in a moment eerily parallel to the time of FDR and Eleanor. Right-wing populism and oligarchy are on the rise around the globe, and vast inequality is entrenched in our

Young people and students have been on the frontlines of movements for social change throughout our country’s history. And over the last few days, young people have joined protestors, across age, race, and class, and flooded the streets to demand justice—for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor, for the disproportionate number of Black lives lost to