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What is the Roosevelt Institute, and what does it have to do with Boston?

Roosevelt@Boston is a city chapter of the the Roosevelt Institute, which “brings together thousands of thinkers and doers—from emerging leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists. We reimagine the rules that guide our social and economic realities.”  The Roosevelt Institute’s mission is underpinned by “carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all.”

We believe that government can solve most of America’s challenges, but that there is a serious barrier to being informed – such that both public officials and private citizens are guilty of spouting under-researched opinions. It is the goal of Roosevelt Institute to both recommend policy to leadership and increase engagement among young people. Individual chapters of Roosevelt Institute focus on issues and opportunities that are local to their members.

Since 2014, the Roosevelt@Boston has committed to creating opportunities for millennials to learn about policy and policy solutions, meet with current leadership, and positively influence local communities. Their members constitute the grassroots voice of millennials, and it is their goal to become a credible source for millennials’ opinion on topics ranging from affordable housing to police militarization. The Boston chapter welcomes Roosevelt campus network alums and folks who are new to the Roosevelt Institute. By engaging political actors and empowering young people, Roosevelt@Boston is well-positioned to pursue policy that benefits all who live in the greater Boston area.

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