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How to Win Our Votes in 2020

By the end of tonight—day two of the first round of the Democratic presidential primary debates—there will be various takes, including who has a better plan to fix health care, who prioritizes the climate crisis, and who’s the most likeable. Here at the Roosevelt Institute, we’re judging the candidates on one essential criterion: How are

As we head into the last week of Pride 2019, I find myself torn between celebration and frustration. While it is exciting to see rainbows covering everything in sight, it’s a bit disappointing to think about how many companies believe that marketing for Pride is the end all be all of supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Marking the country’s independence, the Fourth of July is celebrated annually with fireworks, backyard barbecues, baseball games, and all things Americana. To many, Independence Day represents the ideals of this country–freedom, equity, and independence from tyranny. But not everyone was or is included in those ideals; in the period between 1776 and 1790, slaves comprised

In “Exploring Guaranteed Income Through a Racial and Gender Justice Lens,” Jhumpa Bhattacharya of the Insight Center connects two of the ideas that have bubbled up to the surface of the 2020 political debate: The need to address the racial wealth gap that exists between people of color—particularly Black Americans—and white Americans, and a guaranteed

This week, I want to share a NYT opinion piece on the many ways our current government has consistently undermined the labor movement and extended advantages to employers—at the detriment of workers. I recommend following that up with this other piece that looks more specifically at the rise of contract workers and the challenges they

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the unemployment figures for May. As expected, the reported unemployment rate was very low—3.6 percent, the same as last month. Combined with the steady growth in employment over the past few years, this level of unemployment—not seen since the 1960s—suggests an exceptionally strong labor market by historical

Tomorrow at Walmart’s shareholders’ meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart workers will call out America’s broken corporate governance system and propose that Walmart workers be included on its board of directors. Walmart associate Cat Davis will be joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who will speak on behalf of workers’ right to participate in corporate decision-making.

This week I’ve been lucky enough to have a number of fascinating reads fall into my lap/inbox/text message notifications. The first of which is “Funambulist, Issue No. 23: Insurgent Architecture.” The Funambulist is a bi-monthly publication that challenges its readers to address “spatial perspectives on political anticolonial, antiracist, queer, feminist and/or antiableist struggles in various

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Tweetstorm on Trade

It has been a big day for NAFTA 2.0, and not in good way.  Here’s more—adapted from a twitter thread—on developments of the last 24 hours – including Pence’s Canadian visit, Lighthizer’s submission of NAFTA text to Congress, and Trump’s impetuous launching of a trade offensive against Mexico… Pence’s Canada trip seemed like a desperate

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“I look at the world differently since becoming a Roosevelter.” Last year at this time, Deondre Morris had just gotten his acceptance into the 2018-2019 Forge Fellowship, one of Roosevelt’s training programs that help community college and public university students across the Midwest and South develop organizing and policy leadership. Deondre was one of nine