10 Ideas 2018

Roosevelters all across the country are rising to the challenges of today and building their own rulebook, so that government can be reflective of and responsive to the people it’s meant to serve. Our current political and social reality is profoundly different than ones that existed in previous iterations of this journal, but despite that,

Forge Fellowship

This fellowship is a stipended opportunity for 5-8 students currently enrolled at community colleges and public universities that do not have an existing Roosevelt chapter on their campus. Participants will be trained in core research, policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni as they build chapters and launch

The George Washington University (GW) has a student health insurance problem. Annual insurance premiums for the university-sponsored student health insurance plan (SHIP) reached a five-year high of $4,103 for the 2017-18 policy year. This cost is exorbitantly high in comparison to similar plans offered by many other universities, discouraging students from enrolling in the school’s

Today, the power of corporations is vastly limiting our ability to access key public goods like water, healthcare, education, internet, and transport.  Such corporate power has ensured that the public goods we need most are neither equitable nor accessible. Equally, we are unable to hold such private actors- from charter schools to private prison companies

Roosevelt Institute at Northeastern University is hosting a free Screening of Backpack Full of Cash followed by a community discussion of the film. The film focusses on issues of charter schools, vouchers, and privatization. This timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education reform. With cautionary examples of privatization and funding cuts have had a

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Chicago Leaders Class

From widespread privatization to the new Illinois state budget, Chicago has problems that demand solutions. Chicago Leaders Class (CLC) brought together students from Chicago area schools each semester for a crash-course in local public policy issues, grassroots organizing, and political discourse– helping to engage students during in the crucial upcoming local elections. CLC was an

In late fall of 2017, chancellors at four University of Tennessee (UT) system schools took bold action prioritizing the job security and voice of local constituents by rightly rejecting a state-level outsourcing contract to privatize the management of state facilities. The benefactor of the proposed deal—which was pushed heavily by Republican Governor Bill Haslam—was Jones

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Democratic Accountability

The Roosevelt Institute believes that restoring our democracy goes hand in hand with reforming our economy. Currently, the wealthy and well-connected are able to buy influence over the policymaking process—stacking the deck against the rest of us. As a result, corruption in government stands in the way of addressing nearly every issue on the progressive

Labor and Wages

Workers today are increasingly powerless. A decades-long attack on unionization has eroded workers’ agency over their own economic lives. At the same time, employers have expanded their influence in the labor market, gaining the discretion to set wages and working conditions on their own terms without fear that workers could check their power by finding

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Three weeks ago, the Trump administration weakened the rules that protect women, effective immediately. By rolling back birth control coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, non-profit religious organizations, such as hospitals and higher education institutions, are now able to reject contraceptive coverage all together. As a result, students at universities like Loyola University-Chicago and Georgetown

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