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Child Labor Laws are Not Meant to Be Broken

Brief #146 – Social Justice Policy
by Steve Piazza

Child labor laws have been in place in the U.S. since the signing of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). Protections against abuses such as excessive hours worked and hazardous jobs are governed both by federal and state regulations.

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A New Standard For Homelessness Prevention Programs

Brief #144 – Social Justice Policy
by Caroline Howard

Like many places in the United States, King County, Washington has had a persistent and increasing Homelessness problem for years. As of 2020, 11,751 people were experiencing homelessness in the county, and the number has only continued to grow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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

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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The Nationwide Right to Organize Act: Explained

Brief #141 – Social Justice Policy
By Emily Scanlon

What is the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act?

On September 8th, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA-30) reintroduced the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act. Labor unions are organizations formed by workers who join together and use their strength to have a voice in their workplace.

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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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