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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 […]

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Misdirected Investments: Housing support for White affluent homeowners in face of housing crisis

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. As the world is struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that triggered rapid economic declines at levels rarely seen before, this pandemic also underscores the vital link between […]

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“A People Torn Between Two Anthems”

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 story of Colin Kaepernick captivated America’s attention in 2016. The famous NFL quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers rose to fame by leading his team to a Superbowl […]

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Not Only Unequal Paychecks in the Time of COVID

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 time of unprecedented crisis is shaking our collective understanding of work in ways that may open up new policy opportunities. How do we address historic unemployment when we […]

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Policy Fuels Inequalities: Exclusions from CARES Act Echo the 1935 Social Security Act

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 COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted work for millions of U.S. workers, creating large-scale financial stress and precarity, with particularly devastating effects for workers of color and immigrant workers. The […]