Tags : Public Policy

Opinion: America is a gerontocracy

America is a country primarily governed by old people. With “the graying of America,” leadership in public office seems to be getting even older. At the beginning of the 117th Congress, the average age for Representatives was 58 years. For Senators, it was 64 years. By age, this is the oldest Senate we’ve had in U.S. history. […]Read More

Bill banning abortion passes in Oklahoma

On April 12, Governor Kevin Stitt (R) of Oklahoma signed Senate Bill 612, a bill that makes performing abortions illegal throughout the state. The new anti-abortion law implements a near-total ban on abortion, with the only exception being medical emergencies. The anti-abortion law even makes abortion illegal in the case of rape and incest.  The […]Read More

The Anti-lynching Bill Is Finally Law After More Than 120

Millions of Americans experienced mixed emotions as the long-awaited and hard-fought anti-lynching bill was signed into law by President Joe Biden. The anti-lynching bill is named the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act after the 14-year-old boy who was tortured and lynched in 1955 after being wrongfully accused of sexually harassing a white woman in Mississippi. Emmett […]Read More

Workers’ Push to Unionize Starbucks Spreads through the US

In December 2021, amidst labor shortages, political unrest, and the ever-present threat of the pandemic, we saw a spark of hope for workers’ rights everywhere. A Starbucks location in Buffalo, NY became the first in the United States to unionize under Starbucks Workers United. The topic gained massive popularity online, and unionizing workers found solidarity […]Read More

‘Waste-to-Energy Recycling’ May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Environmentalists across the board have taken stands against Representative Pallone’s (NJ-6) CLEAN Future Act from its introduction in early 2021. This bill’s approach to solving the worst effects of the climate crisis fails to address the true solution: zero-waste programs. Instead, the CLEAN Future Act endorses and proposes harmful incentives such as “waste-to-energy” recycling—otherwise known […]Read More

Teacher’s Strike in Chicago is Over: Fight for Progress Not

Earlier this year teachers in Chicago Public Schools went on strike as teachers’ unions and Chicago school leaders bargain over school conditions and current safety measures. This strike went on for five of the first seven days of classes in 2022. Prior strikes were for a variety of issues regarding pay, reduced class sizes, and […]Read More

Gerrymandering: A Brief History

According to dictionary.com, gerrymandering (in US politics) is the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible. Every ten years in the United States, we have a census and […]Read More

5 Food Ingredients that are Legal in the US but

With a growing worldwide obesity problem and overall health concerns, it’s no wonder many countries are starting to take a closer look at what ingredients are in the food we buy at the grocery store. According to a study conducted in 2016, 39% of adults across the globe aged 18 years and older were overweight […]Read More

The Filibuster: What is it and why does it need

The filibuster has been a long-standing tradition in the Senate since its early years. It is a way to effectively occupy time with long speeches that delay action on legislation. Supporters of the filibuster have argued that it allows the majority party to control the Senate through a tyrannical system. On the other hand, opponents […]Read More

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