A Village Named Roosevelt

As a second-year law student at the University of Georgia School of Law, I spend most of my time poring through case law, analyzing hypotheticals, and developing my ability to advocate for marginalized and low-income clients. The foundation of these pursuits, however, was developed long ago.  I started college at the University of Georgia in

“I understood that my responsibility as a student activist wasn’t simply to call attention to what was wrong but to work diligently to make it right. And I have tried to live that life, every day” —Stacey Abrams On Saturday, January 11th, Stacey Abrams shared her hopeful wisdom with over 100 Roosevelt Network students, alumni,

In the wake of President Trump’s election in 2016, my friends and I at the George Washington University (GW) were anxious about health insurance. We worried that Trump and a Republican legislature might overturn the entire Affordable Care Act. A loss of protections allowing young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age

Public Goods Spring Incubator

At Roosevelt, we believe that basic public goods like education, water, health care, internet, and transportation ought to be freely and equitably accessible for all. We believe that we should have a right to influence key decisions about the provision of these goods—like their prices— through a democratic system. But today, the reality we see

At least a quarter of the 2.3 million incarcerated people in US are addicted to opioids. The fact that our criminal justice system does not routinely provide treatment for opioid withdrawal or treat addiction as a disease is at best wasteful and counterproductive. Harsh drug laws ensure that we continue to see addiction as a

Growing up as a Bengali American woman in Arizona, I have repeatedly been left with an unshakable feeling of being an outsider looking in. Belonging to the only Muslim family in my small community, I struggled to relate to my peers. I can recall being forced to navigate a variety of stereotypes and constantly fielding

“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

Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy awards affiliates of the Roosevelt Institute who enroll in any of the master’s programs at Heinz College a minimum scholarship of 30% of tuition per semester.  Heinz College provides students with the analytics, technology, and policy skills necessary to solve complex societal problems in

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said that “government is ourselves.” Throughout American democracy, however, far too many communities have been denied political power and have seen government power deployed against them. This reality has been made clear at the federal, state, and local levels through intensified anti-immigrant policies, attacks on reproductive care for women, a

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10 Ideas 2019: Report

Now in its 11th edition, the Roosevelt Network’s 10 Ideas journal is a testament to the importance of changing who writes the rules. The 10 student-developed policy proposals in this journal are visionary but also scalable. They chart bold new ways to deploy public power for the public good, spanning issue areas and geographies. Each

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