The Weaponization of Academic Freedom in Higher Education

The Weaponization of Academic Freedom in Higher Education Authored by: Nina Belber, staff editor   Academic freedom has been an important concept in the American higher education system for many years. Recently, there has been a weaponization of academic freedom, where professors and scholars “attempt to provide a ‘scholarly’ veneer to what are otherwise hateful Read more about The Weaponization of Academic Freedom in Higher Education[…]

Elderly Americans are Living in Poverty and at Risk of Losing their Homes

Elderly Americans are living in poverty and at risk of losing their homes Authored By: Charmaine Nyman, staff editor   Although the poverty rate among Americans aged 65 or older has declined by almost 70% in the past five decades, over 15 million Americans aged 65 or older are currently living at or below 200% Read more about Elderly Americans are Living in Poverty and at Risk of Losing their Homes[…]

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[…]

Is the Government Protecting your Fifth Amendment Rights?

Is the Government Protecting your Fifth Amendment Rights? Authored by: Kayla DeAlto, staff editor   Over the years Congress has expanded the government’s authority to take possession of criminal’s assets so that criminals do not benefit from their illegal proceeds. There are two forms of forfeiture, which the government uses to take the assets, they Read more about Is the Government Protecting your Fifth Amendment Rights?[…]

Heirs Property: What is it and how do we fix it?

Heirs Property: What is it and how do we fix it? Authored by: Natalie King, staff editor “Heirs property” is noted as “one of the worst problem[s] you [have] never heard of.”[1]  Lately it has been given significant attention from the Black Lives Matter movement.[2] Specifically, the term is used to describe when heirs lack Read more about Heirs Property: What is it and how do we fix it?[…]

Virginia bill repeals HIV criminalization laws due to disparate enforcement and adverse impact

Virginia bill repeals HIV criminalization laws due to disparate enforcement and adverse impact   Authored by: Gordon Willis, staff editor Last month, Senators Mamie Lock and Jennifer McClellan introduced Senate Bill 1138 to repeal the crime of infected sexual battery for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to remove a ban on HIV-positive Read more about Virginia bill repeals HIV criminalization laws due to disparate enforcement and adverse impact[…]

Unbundle the Police: Structural Reforms to Move Toward Abolition

      Unbundle the Police: Structural Reforms to Move Toward Abolition Authored by: Patrick Rice, Staff Editor   [1]   Police violence against communities of color and poor communities has been a persistent presence in policing in America since police departments were formed. Since 2015, police have shot and killed at least 5400 people, disproportionately Read more about Unbundle the Police: Structural Reforms to Move Toward Abolition[…]

Wage Theft: to Help Struggling Americans, We Must End the Heist

Wage Theft: to Help Struggling Americans, We Must End the Heist Authored By: Greg Mills, staff editor The largest form of theft in the United States is never featured in television crime shows, the thieves are almost never arrested, and it’s likely you or someone you know has been a victim without even realizing it. Read more about Wage Theft: to Help Struggling Americans, We Must End the Heist[…]

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