What do the increase in for-profit colleges and private prisons have in common? Unchecked corporate power in our public institutions. Lack of public control over the provision of public goods demands action now. Our future is not for sale.
A mainstay in our politics since post World War II and now embedded in our highest political offices, the increase in unchecked corporate power in our public institutions directly impacts the most pressing issues facing our generation – from the rise of for profit colleges to the increase in private prisons. To combat this trend and promote the public good, we’ve launched the Re:Public Project.
Over the coming months and years, we are investing in youth driven campaigns to combat privatization in the educational system, economy, and the justice system. We are directing our resources to support the development and growth of local, meaningful projects in these areas. These local projects will be part of national narrative and movement to promote public power, driven by diverse, forward thinking, youth leadership.
As the largest, most diverse generation in the United States, we care about inclusivity, equity, and justice —values that should also guide the provision of public goods. If properly trained, organized, and equipped, we have the ability to transform and build institutions to ensure public control over public goods. Because, who writes the rules matters.
Special thanks to Mallika Madhusudan, Amish Shah, Enzo Cerrutti, Miguel Samonte, Sharanya Sriram, Vishnu Kannan, our Student Board of Advisors and Alumni Committee, Nell Abernathy, Marshall Steinbaum, Donald Cohen from In the Public Interest, K. Sabeel Rahman, Jeff Krehely, Felicia Wong, Amy Chen, Tim Price, and Alex Tucciarone for their contributions to the development of the Re:Public Project.