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To Assets and Beyond: Crossing Disciplines and Cultures to Address Inequities

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. We all know the image. A young black person is making their way through the flooded streets from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Juxtaposed are two photographs of individuals in […]

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Empowered Resistance in a Traumatic Moment

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. This summer I had the exciting opportunity to come together with staff and advocates from over 80 organizations working to end gender-based violence and support survivors to create the […]

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Self-Preservation or Epistemic Exploitation?

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. These days I find myself caught between a rock and a hard place. I find myself contending with choices that are seemingly straightforward but in reality, prove to be […]

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Review: Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, Random House, NY, 2020

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. Seldom has a new publication arrived with such a splash. If your email is similar to ours, you will have received several notices. The book has several major flaws. […]

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We are no Stranger to Systematic Wealth Stripping – our Whiteness, though, puts it into a very different Context

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. The complete stripping of all that our family once possessed is part of my family’s legacy. My mother-in-law grew up in a then-traditional upper-middle-class household, with a nanny to […]

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Going Through the Pandemic Portal

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy.             It has been nearly 5 months since a national emergency was declared in the United States. For many, here and elsewhere, the pandemic began long before then. To […]

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Making Policy with the Moral Amendment: Assessing the Defund Campaign

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor has precipitated a sequence of events that many people are still trying to rationally explain. The persistence of protests and social […]

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Broken Ladders – Winding Paths

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. It’s not a stretch to say that Nursing Aides keep our healthcare system afloat. When my husband collapsed while recovering from surgery six months ago, it was a Nursing […]

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Abortion is an Essential Service.

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. Government responses to COVID-19 have demonstrated how crisis policy can reinforce and expand inequalities. At the ISAP Lab, we have written about pandemic disruption to employment, and housing security, […]

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COVID-19’s Social Policy Legacy

Disclaimer: Posts are solely the views of the author and do not represent the views of Brandeis University or The Institute on Assets and Social Policy. Countless scholars and journalists have commented on how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying inequities in our country. Black and Latinx Americans are three times as likely to […]