North Korea is once again provoking the international community as the rogue nuclear regime seems to be on a collision course with the United States. While the situation is not as dire as some in the media may suggest, there is a real risk to global peace and stability developing on the Korean Peninsula. The … Continue reading In Renewed Conflict With North Korea, Caution is Crucial
The Roosevelt Institute's premiere student publications are the 10 Ideas journals. Published every spring, the 10 Ideas journals aim to showcase the best ideas from Roosevelters across every policy area, from education to foreign policy. They are an important resource for us in our lobbying efforts, and the launching point for broader projects of policy change. This year … Continue reading Roosevelt @ MSU Featured in 10 Ideas
By Seth Betman The opioid epidemic is no joke. It has only enhanced over the last decade and has become a prime topic in the war on drugs. Such a broad issue, with issues in the process of distributing pharmaceuticals as well as drug addiction to street drugs such as heroin, must be tackled in … Continue reading Michigan’s Opioid Epidemic: A Discussion and Proposition
Rows of white tents line the dirt streets. Each one says UNHCR on the side and houses a family of refugees. There are larger temporary structures for schools, hospitals, and administrative buildings. Again, these structures are not buildings. They could have been built within an hour and will be torn down even faster. Refugee camps … Continue reading Forgotten and Stranded in Refugee City
Throughout history, there have been reoccurring instances of indirect and direct attacks on African American and Latino communities. These attacks often took the form of social and economic structures and laws. A classic example of this was the first GI Bill that was seen as a public good for veterans but was not made equitable for … Continue reading The Criminalization of Urban Public Education
By Sarah Praschan From the chemical attack on Syrian civilians this past Wednesday, to the missiles fired by our President on Thursday, this past week has been marked by international aggression. Many of us have expressed our heartbreak for those who have died, and for those who have lost. We conveyed our outrage. We all … Continue reading America Cares About Syrian Refugees?
Democracy works best when all citizens have a say in the policies that govern us. However, there is a real sense of pessimism about our democracy, and our youngest voting age adults are among the most underrepresented in our politics. Especially in state and local elections, young people’s participation is incredibly low. In local elections for the East Lansing City Council in November 2015, the five precincts located on Michigan State University’s campus had a voter turnout rate of 1.15%.
The teacher is at the front of the room drawing triangles and writing out mathematical formulas on the board. Some of your classmates look confused. You’re mystified. The information is complex and entirely new. You don’t understand most of what your teacher says, and you don’t speak english. When you go home, your parents cannot help with homework, as they are only conversationally fluent, too. You are in a new place where the people don’t dress like you, speak your language, or understand where you came from.