Social Justice

The Current Status of Congressional Efforts to Pass Gun Control Legislation

The Current Status of Congressional Efforts to Pass Gun Control Legislation

Brief #145 – Social Justice Policy
by Inijah Quadri

Gun control legislation has been a contentious issue in the United States for decades. As the debate surrounding the Second Amendment and its implications for American society continues, we will provide a thorough, fact-based analysis of the current status of congressional efforts to pass gun control legislation.

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A Primer on US Immigration Policy

A Primer on US Immigration Policy

Brief #143 – Social Justice
By Inijah Quadri

Immigration policy and border control in the United States have long been contentious and divisive issues in American politics and society. The United States has a long history of immigration, with millions of people from around the world coming to the country seeking a better life, freedom, and opportunity.

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The Reckless Growth of BlackRock and Other Asset Management Companies

The Reckless Growth of BlackRock and Other Asset Management Companies

Brief #142 – Social Justice
By Abigail Hunt

As of December 2021, BlackRock, an asset management company – and one of the “Big Three” global money managers along with Vanguard and State Street – had more than $10 trillion in assets under management. The company controls so much capital if it were a country its GDP would rival that of the wealthiest nations in the world. BlackRock describes itself as “a global investment manager and fiduciary” and a leading provider of financial technology.

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Politics and Vengeance—How the Death Penalty Costs Us

Politics and Vengeance—How the Death Penalty Costs Us

Brief #140 – Social Justice
By Abigail Hunt

Twenty-seven states have the death penalty, and twenty-four of those states still execute prisoners. The U.S. military and government both enforce capital punishment. According to the Nevada State Legislature website, a 2008 study by the Urban Institute showed Maryland’s average cost for a death penalty case was $3 million. In Texas, a capital trial costs $2.3 million, more than three times what it would cost to keep the convicted imprisoned in a maximum-security unit for 40 years.

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Profiles of U.S. Anti-Abortion Groups

Profiles of U.S. Anti-Abortion Groups

Brief #139 – Health and Gender Policy

By Geoffrey Small

With Roe v. Wade overturned, a deluge of anti-abortion trigger laws have gone into effect across the country. States like Louisiana, Texas and Missouri have created some of the strictest laws and legislative proposals in the United States. Recent proposals include criminal and civil prosecutions for providers, people who aid in out-of-state abortions, and potentially the patients who receive them.

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The New Gun Law Also Helps Address the U.S. Mental Health Crisis

The New Gun Law Also Helps Address the U.S. Mental Health Crisis

Brief #37 – Social Justice
By Geoffrey Small

On June 25th, 2022, President Joe Biden signed The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The Congressional Bill is a measure touted to address gun safety. However,
this bipartisan legislation is the culmination of almost a decade of mental health advocacy spearheaded by Republican Senator Roy Blunt and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. The most effective measure of this bill may be the record $8 billion in funding allocated to school programs and mental health programs.

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