Chief Justice John Roberts has granted lower courts and state litigants an outline for arguing cases similar to Whole Women’s Health and June Medical Services while states still qualify abortions as elective procedures not only in an economic sense, but also in determining physical access to healthcare. The recent Supreme Court decision is not the shining victory journalists and activists want it to be.
The recent controversy surrounding Mayor Bashert’s comments and swift local pressure leading to her resignation shows that localism and federalism is effective in addressing societal ills - even in progressive circles and cities.
American legislative bodies and advocacy groups should take advantage of the consensus around needing police reform. Part of that is having an honest conversation about what reforms work, how to push them through, and how to navigate reform while keeping unlikely allies motivated to join and continue the cause.
Opinion: No, the Black Lives Matter protests are not an extension of Bernie's electoral "revolution"
The Black Lives Matter movement necessitates a bottom-up approach to reform; while that has resonated with the campaign rhetoric of Bernie Sanders, it more appropriately applies to local and state governments. Claims that Bernie is “what we need” as a nominee are only half-true and distract from the greater point.
As the pandemic wreaks havoc on the TV programming calendar, it may leave some holes open to be filled in the future; perhaps sports dramas can rise up and fill them.
Opinion: Conspiracism is a popular phenomenon; addressing it requires understanding and dialogue rather than censorship
The best way to navigate popular conspiracy theories is to approach them from the understanding that these theories are a mostly natural phenomenon and that people aren’t necessarily wrong to endorse some of them. They may be factually incorrect, but they are not behaviorally out-of-bounds. Popular conspiracy theories should also be approached with the knowledge that public debate itself can put a ceiling on conspiracy theories. Facebook and Youtube may have added fuel to the conspiratorial fire by removing the “Plandemic” video.
Much of what is absent in sexual assault accusations in the MeToo era is strong journalistic principles and due process. This is true regardless of who is accused and what your political affiliation is.
Beefing up absentee voting efforts can help Americans navigate COVID-19 while still participating in our democracy. Action must be taken by Congress and by state legislatures to make these efforts cost-effective and comprehensive.
For those looking for steady student leadership in turbulent times who stress accountability and community-building, Jack Swartzinski and Allanah Morales may be a good choice for you.
The COVID-19 crisis and the measures taken in the wake of it show a divide in internet accessibility and performance, which can be addressed by further investment into broadband infrastructure by the state and federal government.