Stateless in the States: Addressing US Statelessness

The right to a nationality seems trivial as compared to the many rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, nationality, belonging to a country, is crucial for an individual’s access to resources and security. For the estimated 12 million stateless persons worldwide, lacking a nationality has left them without a legal home … Continue reading Stateless in the States: Addressing US Statelessness

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

Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

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 … Continue reading Divided We Stand: Michigan’s Love Affair With Charter Schools

The Consequences of Commoditizing Education

To the left, Betsy DeVos has become the human embodiment of all that is wrong with the movement to further privatize public education. Her vision for the future of the American education system revolves around increasing the number of private and charter schools, and school of choice through programs such as vouchers. However, the current … Continue reading The Consequences of Commoditizing Education

No Human is Illegal: Why We Should Protect Dreamers

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program started by the Obama administration in 2012 that allows illegal immigrants who came to the United States as minors to apply for 2-year renewable deferred action (delayed deportation) and work visas. As of 2017, 800,000 Dreamers (named after the DREAM Act) were enrolled in DACA. The … Continue reading No Human is Illegal: Why We Should Protect Dreamers

Coral Bleaching: Global Warming, Ocean edition

Coral reefs exhibit some of the most vibrant and varied colors of any ecosystem on Earth, but in 2016, large parts of the Great Barrier Reef turned stark white in the deadliest bleaching event in recorded history. Coral bleaching occurs when polyps, the colorful parts of the coral that help feed the organism, die. When … Continue reading Coral Bleaching: Global Warming, Ocean edition