America’s $1.6 trillion student debt crisis is crushing millions of us, but it is disproportionately harming Black people—and fueling the racial wealth gap.  In a new Roosevelt report, co-released with Demos and The Century Foundation, Roosevelt Program Manager Suzanne Kahn and her coauthors underscore that our debt-financed higher education system reinforces the structural racism that plagues

The $1.6 trillion student debt crisis is holding back many Americans, but it is especially damaging to racial equality. Already disadvantaged by generational wealth disparities, Black students and their families end up paying more for college than white families do, and they get a lot less in the end. To build a higher education system

Student debt cancellation is generating the most online attention out of all of the Democratic presidential candidates’ policy proposals, according to a new analysis. Given that issues like health care or immigration are usually what voters care most about, this is a notable shift. It’s not just the subject of student debt that has captured

The climate crisis is happening now. Across the planet, our oceans are warming, our weather is more extreme, and natural disasters are more frequent and more severe. And it’s only going to get worse: The UN predicts that by 2040, increased coastal flooding will affect nearly 50 million people, and a “disproportionately rapid evacuation” of

The Roosevelt Network’s Emerging Fellowship program is a yearlong opportunity for college students to dig deeper into formal policy research and advocacy efforts. This year, the University of Georgia’s Tarun Ramesh and Northeastern University’s Karl Meakin tackled some of the most pressing issues of our time: the opioid crisis and climate change.  In “Incorporation of

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org A New 21st Century Policy Agenda: Roosevelt Report Proposes Changing the Balance of Power in the Economy At Washington DC launch event, Roosevelt experts presented a new approach to policymaking, with a keynote from former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams WASHINGTON, DC — Today,

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2019 CONTACT: Ariela Weinberger, aweinberger@rooseveltinstitute.org Roosevelt Institute Releases New Policy Report on Tackling 21st Century Economic Challenges New report offers bold approach to policymaking: curbing concentrated power and reclaiming public power in our economy and political system NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. In New Rules for

With outstanding student debt at $1.5 trillion, policymakers and education providers are looking for ways to make college more affordable. Though many argue for enhanced public investment to reduce tuition, others are turning to debt alternatives like income share agreements (ISAs). Through these contracts, universities (often with funding from private investors) contribute to a student’s