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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Today is an exciting day for the future of the network. I’m excited to introduce you to our wonderful new National Director, Nehemiah Rolle! In 2014, I had the incredible honor of becoming the National Director of Roosevelt’s network. As an alumna of the network, I was excited to draw from my experiences—and from those

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its new score on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was recently passed by the House of Representatives after months of controversy and political infighting. This is far from the first attempt by Republicans to deregulate our health care system. Since the passage of the Affordable Care

“Being unable to vote is like being on the fringe of society [as] a citizen that doesn’t have an active participation in it. You are just there, observing. You have no opportunity to affect change.” – Ken Shutle The ability to participate in our political system, and in particular the power to cast a vote,