“Necessitous Men Are Not Free Men”: The Case for FDR’s Second Bill of Rights Today

By: Brian Krause  On January 6th, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his historic eighth State of the Union address and inspired the American people with his famous Four Freedoms. The freedoms of speech and worship, with the right to live without fear and want, were spoken to be as inalienable as the rights laid … Continue reading “Necessitous Men Are Not Free Men”: The Case for FDR’s Second Bill of Rights Today

MSU Needs more than a Resignation

One year ago Larry Nassar’s trial showcased the negligence and lack of accountability of MSU’s administration. After the trial, resignation of MSU President Louanna K. Simon, the appointment of former Michigan Governor John Engler as Interim President, numerous investigations, an announcement of a closed-presidential search, a Board of Trustees election, the closing of the Healing … Continue reading MSU Needs more than a Resignation

Burning Bridges: How Michigan’s Tax System has Eroded its Infrastructure

One of the most common maxims of the United States is: “everyone hates taxes.” The collective consciousness of taxes is that they are a heavy social burden and an irreconcilable nuisance. Even those who support raising taxes feel the need to vilify it by complaining about the percentage of their paychecks removed by the federal … Continue reading Burning Bridges: How Michigan’s Tax System has Eroded its Infrastructure

As We Stand: Solutions for Michigan Education Today

Editor's Note: These three posts come to us from three students at the University of Michigan who have been working with our own Manon Steel on her charter school project. We're presenting them on our blog, and hope you find them informative. House Bill 5288 By James Stinnett In November of last year, Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo introduced Bill … Continue reading As We Stand: Solutions for Michigan Education Today

Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

MSU is known for its sprawling campus, cold winters, and quagmire of transportation. First year students are not allowed to buy a parking pass, and the public bus system (CATA) only runs effectively on weekdays. Students who choose to bike must often navigate through large crowds, sometimes with freezing brakes, or though icy roads and … Continue reading Residential and Hospitality Services: A Stagnant Spot in MSU’s “Culture of Learning and Collaboration”

A Quality Education: Michigan’s Report Card

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt’s National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you’re interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or Facebook. Secretary … Continue reading A Quality Education: Michigan’s Report Card

The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

We need to change the way we talk about sexual misconduct, specifically in regard to consent. Though recent activism throughout the entertainment industry and college campuses has sparked outcry for such change, policies regarding affirmative consent, as well as societal engagement about consent, still lacks nationwide. We still see consent as something that is nonchalantly … Continue reading The Case for Affirmative Consent Laws

Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War

This piece is co-authored by Manon Steel, Roosevelt’s National Education Policy Coordinator and a member of Roosevelt @ MSU, and Connor Rockhill, a student at the University of Michigan and a member of Roosevelt @ U of M. If you’re interested in getting involved with Roosevelt @ U of M, check them out on Twitter or Facebook. Why … Continue reading Equitable Education – Fair is Fair in School and War