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An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

Brief #223 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rodney A. Maggay

As state legislatures across the nation flirt with the dangerous notion of substituting unqualified chaplains for trained school counselors, the fundamental principle of separation between church and state is under dire threat. By permitting unlicensed individuals to wield influence over vulnerable students’ mental health and social well-being, these policies jeopardize not only constitutional freedoms but also the safety and welfare of countless students.

Former President Trump’s Criminal Court Cases: Taking Stock

Brief #127 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by: Courtney Denning

In the midst of ongoing legal battles, former President Donald J. Trump faces a series of high-profile civil and criminal court cases, ranging from civil to criminal charges across multiple states. As these trials unfold, they hold significant implications for both Trump’s political future and the broader landscape of American jurisprudence.

With thousands of jobs promised, $6 billion in ‘green’ industry funding was an easy sell: The Pros and Cons of New Government-Sponsored Green Jobs

Brief #166 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd Broadman

Amidst bipartisan support, the Biden administration allocates $6 billion towards green jobs, targeting the decarbonization of heavy industries like steel and aluminum. This initiative aims to create employment opportunities while advancing environmental goals, sparking debates on its effectiveness and economic viability.

Cryptocurrencies: Economic Implications and Challenges

Brief #60 – Economic Policy Brief
by: Inijah Quadri

The rise of cryptocurrencies heralds a new era in the global financial landscape, offering decentralized alternatives to traditional fiat currencies. With the potential for enhanced financial inclusion and transactional efficiency, cryptocurrencies present both opportunities and challenges in reshaping the future of finance.

Rahma’s Journey: Navigating Pregnancy Amidst Hardship in Gaza

Brief #135 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Aziza Taslaq

“Rahma’s Journey” sheds light on the harrowing and courageous journey of Rahma, a soon-to-be mother facing insurmountable challenges amidst the turmoil of war-torn Gaza. Rahma’s resilience amidst scarcity, fear, and uncertainty highlights the stark reality for all women and mothers-to-be in this conflict-ridden region.

Is Judge Cannon Tilting The Classified Documents Case In Trump’s Favor?

Brief #222 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by Rodney A. Maggay

In a controversial turn of events, Judge Aileen Cannon’s handling of cases involving former President Trump is under scrutiny, with accusations of favoritism towards Trump. Allegations point to questionable orders and scheduling delays, raising concerns that Judge Cannon may be intentionally tilting the trial in Trump’s favor, prompting widespread debate on the integrity of the judicial process.

Do States Have the Right to Deport Immigrants? A Look at Texas Immigration Law

Brief #160 – Social Justice Policy Brief
by: Devyne Byrd

Texas’s controversial immigration law, SB4, raises questions about states’ authority in deportation matters. Amidst legal battles and federal objections, the law sets a precedent for immigration policy across the nation.

The Chilling Effect of Republican Education Policy

Brief #90 – Education Policy Brief
by: Rudolph Lurz

This article delves into the chilling effect of Republican education policies, particularly exemplified by initiatives such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. It explores how vague legislation is causing educators and students to self-regulate their speech and behavior, stifling freedom of expression in classrooms and beyond.

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An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

Brief #223 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rodney A. Maggay

As state legislatures across the nation flirt with the dangerous notion of substituting unqualified chaplains for trained school counselors, the fundamental principle of separation between church and state is under dire threat. By permitting unlicensed individuals to wield influence over vulnerable students’ mental health and social well-being, these policies jeopardize not only constitutional freedoms but also the safety and welfare of countless students.

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Rahma’s Journey: Navigating Pregnancy Amidst Hardship in Gaza

Brief #135 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Aziza Taslaq

“Rahma’s Journey” sheds light on the harrowing and courageous journey of Rahma, a soon-to-be mother facing insurmountable challenges amidst the turmoil of war-torn Gaza. Rahma’s resilience amidst scarcity, fear, and uncertainty highlights the stark reality for all women and mothers-to-be in this conflict-ridden region.

Who Attacked The Moscow Concert?

Brief #134 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Arvind Salem

The Moscow concert hall fell victim to a devastating attack, leaving a trail of destruction and loss. Identified as the deadliest terrorist incident in Russia in over a decade, the assault has sparked widespread concern and speculation about the perpetrators and their motives.

Continued Bloodshed Marks the 3rd Year of the Russian War on Ukraine

Brief #133 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Yelena Korshunov

The article vividly depicts the ongoing devastation in Ukraine’s conflict, highlighting the resilience of communities amidst relentless violence. As tensions escalate and civilian casualties mount, questions linger about the conflict’s trajectory and its broader implications for regional stability.

Digital Diplomacy: How Social Media is Reshaping International Relations

Brief #132 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Inijah Quadri

Dive into the realm of digital diplomacy and its profound influence on international relations. From leveraging platforms like Twitter for transparent dialogue to navigating cybersecurity risks, discover how social media is redefining diplomatic engagement in the modern age.

Ukraine: Over Two Years of War

Brief #131 – Foreign Policy Brief
by: Ibrahim Castro

The two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is marked by ongoing conflict, with G7 leaders reaffirming support for Ukraine while President Putin extends his reign and vows to advance further. Despite international condemnation and support for Ukraine, the war continues, resulting in significant casualties and displacement, while geopolitical tensions escalate in a broader global conflict landscape.

Does Nikki Haley Have a Shot?

Does Nikki Haley Have a Shot?

Brief #120 – Elections & Politics Policy Brief
by Arvind Salem

Ron DeSantis’ withdrawal makes the Republican primary a two-person race between Nikki Haley and Trump. Despite Haley facing challenges, her current strategy exposes potential weaknesses in Trump’s candidacy that the Democratic nominee, likely Biden, could exploit.

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With thousands of jobs promised, $6 billion in ‘green’ industry funding was an easy sell: The Pros and Cons of New Government-Sponsored Green Jobs

Brief #166 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd Broadman

Amidst bipartisan support, the Biden administration allocates $6 billion towards green jobs, targeting the decarbonization of heavy industries like steel and aluminum. This initiative aims to create employment opportunities while advancing environmental goals, sparking debates on its effectiveness and economic viability.

The Unequal Effects of Climate Change on Vulnerable Communities

Brief #165 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Devyne Byrd

Delve into the connection between environmental injustice and climate change in low-income areas, where discriminatory zoning perpetuates pollution and vulnerability. From Cancer Alley’s toxicity to the unequal impact of climate disasters, marginalized communities struggle to access vital environmental and healthcare resources.

Carefree Use of Groundwater Is Making Us Thirsty

Brief #164 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd J. Broadman

There is a depletion of groundwater in the U.S… When it comes to groundwater depletion, short-term economics and corporate profits are ushered along without much caution or environmental guardrails. In that respect, U.S. aquifers are viewed much like carbon reserves – there for the taking.

Sweating on the Treadmill of COP28: Will COP29 Deliver on Crucial Emissions Cuts?

Brief #163 – Environment Policy Brief
by : Todd J. Broadman

The United Nations sponsored COP was kicked-off in 1995 with its stated goal to “stabilize atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses at levels that would prevent ‘dangerous’ human interference with the climate system.” Since then, concentrations of CO2 have gone up each year.

The Oil from Fracking Flows Freely in a Fractured Society

Brief #162 – Environmental Policy Brief
by Todd J. Broadman

This need for carbon energy has led to thousands of new oil leases and the increased oil extraction has moved the U.S. ahead of Saudi Arabia as the globe’s biggest oil producer.

An Unconstitutional and Dangerous State Trend: Chaplains as School Counselors

Brief #223 – Civil Rights Policy Brief
by: Rodney A. Maggay

As state legislatures across the nation flirt with the dangerous notion of substituting unqualified chaplains for trained school counselors, the fundamental principle of separation between church and state is under dire threat. By permitting unlicensed individuals to wield influence over vulnerable students’ mental health and social well-being, these policies jeopardize not only constitutional freedoms but also the safety and welfare of countless students.

read more

The Chilling Effect of Republican Education Policy

Brief #90 – Education Policy Brief
by: Rudolph Lurz

This article delves into the chilling effect of Republican education policies, particularly exemplified by initiatives such as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. It explores how vague legislation is causing educators and students to self-regulate their speech and behavior, stifling freedom of expression in classrooms and beyond.

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Checking in on 14 Years of Obamacare; Part 2

Checking in on 14 Years of Obamacare; Part 2

Policy Brief #172 – Health and Gender
by: Geoffrey Small

This article examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Medicaid expansion across states. Despite the ACA’s goal to make health insurance more accessible and to encourage Medicaid expansion, some states have resisted, leading to ongoing debates and policy changes regarding healthcare coverage and access.

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