The Fight Over $15: The Debate on Increasing the Minimum Wage

Authored by: Matt Wathen, staff editor The debate over the federal government’s minimum wage has seen an increase in intensity over the past few months. The debate came to the forefront when the Biden administration included a $15-an-hour minimum wage increase in the $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan.[1] While the proposal made it through the House Read more about The Fight Over $15: The Debate on Increasing the Minimum Wage[…]

Pharmaceutical Pollutants in the Public Water Supply and Why the Clean Water Act Needs to be Updated

Pharmaceutical Pollutants in the Public Water Supply and Why the Clean Water Act Needs to be Updated Authored by: Haley Walter, staff editor                 The Federal Water Pollution Control Act was passed in 1948, and then reorganized and expanded in 1972 to be the legislation we know today as the Clean Water Act Read more about Pharmaceutical Pollutants in the Public Water Supply and Why the Clean Water Act Needs to be Updated[…]

Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia: Leaving the “Ice Age” by Abolishing the Jury Penalty

  Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia: Leaving the “Ice Age” by Abolishing the Jury Penalty   Authored by: Allie Frasca, Staff Editor   Since flipping the Virginia legislature in 2019 from a republican majority to a democratic one, Virginia has seen significant criminal justice reform.[1] Prior to these reforms, Virginia maintained some of the strictest Read more about Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia: Leaving the “Ice Age” by Abolishing the Jury Penalty[…]

COVID-19 Behind Bars

Authored by: Toviya Nabugero, staff editor   Image courtesy of Equal Justice Initiative. https://eji.org/news/covid-19s-impact-on-people-in-prison/.     It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We have experienced overwhelming loss as a country, with our most vulnerable communities disproportionately affected. Some of those communities being individuals in immigration detention centers and individuals in Read more about COVID-19 Behind Bars[…]

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