COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Environment & Energy, Financial Security, Politics

How to Incentivize the Government to Prevent the Next Disaster

By Emily Hoofnagle — The past two decades have afforded the United States no shortage of disasters. From Hurricane Katrina to the 2008 financial crisis, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing pandemic, each year seems to bring a new disaster, with the mega-crisis of global warming looming on the horizon. The federal government should have foreseen or avoided each of these disasters.

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Child and Family Policy, Health, International

U.S. Cuts to Foreign Aid Exacerbate Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis

By Parnian Abunasr-Shiraz — Over the last six years, the Yemeni people have endured a conflict that threatens millions of lives, leaving the population grappling with extreme conditions and in need of humanitarian assistance. The cutting of U.S. foreign aid to Yemen, a country already experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, further aggravates the food insecurity that has left millions of Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

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Healthcare

The Obstacles in the Way of Biden’s Health Care Plan

by Emily Hoofnagle It has been over ten years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted. In the time that has elapsed a few of the law’s goals have been at least partially realized. The ACA’s paramount objective, to insure more Americans, was successful. In 2010, 18.3% of Americans under the […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Financial Security, Politics

Congress Needs to Pass a Substantive Economic Stimulus Package

by Samuel Murray, columnist America is in an uncomfortable situation for unemployment, stimulus relief, for substantive policy action. Congress is back from Thanksgiving recess before another Christmas recess, set to formally reconvene again on January 3. Newly elected Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona was recently sworn in the Senate, and we continue to await the […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Criminal Justice, Health, Justice, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice

COVID-19 Exposes Inhumanity in the Social Justice System

Call to Action and Curving the Spread of COVID-19 by Christ-Shamma Matalbert, resident editor & columnist COVID-19 has and continues to impact each of us differently; however, the pandemic has further revealed how the United States has continuously failed to address the country’s disparities. COVID-19 has shown Americans that minority communities are the most vulnerable and […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Financial Security

Utilizing Modern Monetary Theory to Provide COVID-19 Relief to the American People

by Erin Williams, managing print editor Since the start of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, Congress has authorized approximately $3 trillion of relief to businesses, corporations, individuals, state and local governments and more. However, the largest portion of spending went toward businesses and corporations (about $1.86 trillion), more than double the amount provided for individual […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Health, Healthcare, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice

Primed for Disaster: How Racial Disparities are Impacting Nursing Home Residents During COVID-19

by Mary Gens, resident editor To date, over 200,000 Americans have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 40% of these deaths have occurred among residents of nursing homes, though this group makes up less than 1% of the U.S. population. This reality makes it critical that policymakers do better to address the needs of this population, […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Health, Healthcare, Race & Ethnicity, Social Justice

Empowering Minority Serving Institutions to Increase Diversity in the Medical Community

by Arsene Frederic, Jr., editor in chief Grappling with the COVID-19 crisis and response has pivoted attention to another key area of concern facing the scientific community: the lack of diversity in the medical community. Diversity in the medical community is critical for ensuring that treatments and medical practices continue to serve the changing demographics […]

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Environment & Energy, Health

Can Eating a Plant-Based Diet Really Help Save the Planet?

by Erin Williams, managing print editor The current climate crisis is evidenced by rising global temperatures, warming ocean temperatures, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreats, decreased snow cover, rising sea levels, declining arctic sea ice, extreme weather events, and ocean acidification. Additionally, a UN scientist has warned that we have just 10 years to get climate […]

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